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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Business Management Post-Degree Diploma – Health Administration Specialization

Location(s): ​Dawson Creek

The Post-Degree Diploma in Business Management with a specialization in Health Administration (PDD in HADM) is ideally suited to international students who already hold a minimum three-year degree in nursing or other closely related Health Care profession. The addition of advanced studies in business and health care administration in a Canadian context will enhance employability for administrative assistant positions and movement into entry level management positions in various health professions in Canada.

The fields of study comprising this multi-disciplinary program include business administration, psychology, and specialized health administration courses. The program introduces management and health administration concepts in a Canadian context, with emphasis on interpersonal and interprofessional communications, organizational behaviour, human resource management, ethics, and change management.

Career Prospects

The objective of this program is to enhance knowledge of the Canadian health care system for internationally educated nurses as they transition into health related administrative assistant careers in Canada. The PDD in HADM may also assist students in moving into entry-level management positions in the health sector such as human resource management and management at care facilities.


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62 credits (930 hours), minimum.

This is a two year program taken over four semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer. Students in this program select course loads and course schedules that fit their needs and course availability. Registration is completed semester-by-semester. 

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 3,581.40$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 3,731.16
Year 2 (estimated)$ 3,896.56$ 155.20$ 0.00$ 4,051.77

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 11,580.00$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 828.00$ 12,557.76
Year 2 (estimated)$ 13,120.00$ 155.20$ 0.00$ 828.00$ 14,103.20

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Admission Requirements

Degree Requirement

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other closely related Health Care profession (minimum three-years)

English Requirement

Domestic applicants, one of the following:

  • English 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English Literature 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)

International applicants, one of the following:

  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*

Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099 with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Important Notes

  1. This program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit Student Aid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Student must provide a financial calculator. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. Course transfer agreements allow students to receive course-by-course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide
  4. NLC courses may transfer to professional associations such as the Certified General Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, Chartered Accountants, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, Canadian Bankers Institute, and others. Students are responsible for confirming transferability of course credits to any external organization.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement50% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); minimum grade as stipulated in each course

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Post-Degree Diploma in Business Management
Health Administration Specialization