FASD Advanced Diploma / FASD Online Courses

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FASD Advanced Diploma Online

Join our team of provincially and nationally recognized experts, and increase your ability to effect change. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to enrol in an Advanced Diploma in FASD. This exciting leading-edge initiative is designed for professionals working in the area of FASD, and is targeted to provide you with the applied skills to

  • Improve services for individuals with FASD
  • Impact policy development
  • Understand the complex challenges facing individuals, families, and communities impacted by FASD
  • Design and implement effective prevention and intervention strategies

Join professionals from across the discipline areas of education, justice, social services, and health to learn and effect change.

Admission requirements

  • An Associate Degree; or
  • A minimum of 60 university credits (two years), of which 18 credits must be at the second-year level; or
  • A recognized diploma in one or more of the following areas: health care, education, criminology/justice, childcare, social systems and human resources; or
  • As evaluated by the program co-ordinator or college counsellor/advisor.

Acceptance process

You’ll be accepted to the program once you’ve met all the admission requirements. This is called “first-qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program’s full, you’ll be put on a waitlist.

Students with overseas credentials should contact the program co-ordinator for further information.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Upcoming courses

To see when these courses are offered, view the list of upcoming courses.

Course Descriptions

FASD 260 Overview of FASD

Develop a critical FASD context. This course provides an academic and comprehensive overview by exploring the unique complexities of FASD. The impacts of this disorder on social, criminal, educational, financial and health care systems are considered.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at Kwantlen College, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, Trinity Western University, University of Northern BC and the University of Victoria

Note:FASD 260 is a standalone course – excellent as an elective for university transfer credit and/or professional development.

Prerequisites/corequisites: none.

Credits: 3

FASD 300 FASD Support Strategies

Understanding the complexities behind effective support strategies is crucial to working with individuals and families impacted by FASD. This course focuses on the skills necessary to develop effective individualized service based supports.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at University of Northern BC and the University of Victoria.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisite/corequisite: FASD 301

Credits: 3

FASD 301 Fundamentals and Professional Implications

This course is designed to provide a solid understanding of the unique complexities of FASD for students in the social service, education, justice and health related disciplines. This knowledge will add depth to their understanding of individuals/families and communities who access services in their chosen field. The prevalence and impact of FASD make this disorder an important area of study for those in the human service professions. Students will explore effective strategies for prevention and intervention at the family, community and professional levels. Their gained knowledge can be integrated into their practice once in the field.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern BC, Athabasca University and the University of Victoria.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisite/corequisite: ENGL 103 or equivalent or admittance into the FASD Advanced Diploma program

Credits : 3

FASD 305 FASD Brain and Behaviour

Given the profound impact of alcohol on the brain, this challenging course is integral to a thorough understanding of FASD. In this course the current knowledge of human brain structure is integrated with the effects of alcohol on the developing brain.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at University of Northern BC and the University of Victoria

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites: FASD 301 (or permission of the instructor). Two years of university/college courses or permission of instructor required.

Credits: 3

FASD 310 Cultural Perspectives in FASD

FASD 310 explores FASD from a cultural perspective, with a focus on Canadian Aboriginal cultures. FASD is viewed as a disorder that, while it affects all cultures, provides an emergent opportunity for the Aboriginal peoples of Canada to create a unique and effective response.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites/corequisites: FASD 260 and FASD 300 or 335, or permission of the instructor. Two years of university/college courses or permission of instructor required.

Credits: 3

FASD 315 Special Topics in FASD

FASD 315 addresses the unique considerations of policies and ethics within the various systems impacted by FASD. A broad range of FASD related topics will be covered including brain and addiction research, clinical practice, service delivery models and social policy.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites/corequisites: FASD 260 and FASD 300 or 335, or permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

FASD 320 Human Development

View human development across the lifespan through the lens of Aboriginal, feminist, and anti-oppressive approaches to practice. An emphasis on the established norms for each life stage provides a framework for students to thoroughly understand the developmental delays characteristic of FASD.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, and University of the Fraser Valley, Trinity Western University, University of Northern BC and the University of Victoria.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites: FASD 260, or permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

FASD 325 Developmental Disabilities and FASD

FASD 325 explores developmental disabilities (including those affecting motor, cognitive, speech and sensory systems) from a brain function perspective. The focus is on those disabilities that overlap with FASD and are often found as co-existing conditions.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites/corequisites: FASD 260 and FASD 300 or 335, or permission of the instructor. Two years of university/college courses or permission of instructor required.

FASD 330 Addictions

FASD 330 will give students an understanding of substance misuse, abuse and compulsive addictive behaviour. It will broaden their perspective of addiction issues and further strengthen their ability to work with diverse populations. A significant portion of this course is targeted to FASD.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites: Two years of university or college courses in a related discipline and permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

FASD 335 FASD Prevention

Explore the tri level system of prevention – primary, secondary and tertiary. You will have an opportunity to critically examine prevention initiatives at each level and develop a comprehensive prevention plan.

This course is recognized for transfer credit in programs at University of Victoria and Trinity Western University.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites/corequisites: FASD 260, or permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

FASD 399 Practicum

FASD 399 consists of a supervised practicum supplemented by a weekly online seminar. In consultation with the instructor and practicum supervisor, the student will establish specific practicum goals within their targeted discipline.

Note: A maximum of three FASD courses may be taken before registering in the diploma program.

Prerequisites: Must have completed 8 courses in the Diploma, including FASD 260, 300 and 335.

Credits: 3

Courses have been developed in partnership with BCCampus.

Fees and Dates

Burns Lake Campus

Estimated Costs:
  • Tuition: $584* per course
  • Application: $40.00
  • Textbooks: various

Check the programs page to see which courses are being offered.

Note: Students who intend to complete the (UT) Diploma program may apply to UNBC”s Bachelor of Social Work. Students are strongly recommended to choose courses from the FASD subject area, specifically three of FASD 260, 300, 301, 305, 320 or 330. By choosing from the FASD subject area students are strategically increasing their university transfer credit by 9 this would then increase the total credit awarded to 60 credits.


Last Updated: December 13, 2016
For official program details, see the CNC Calendar.