Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Fraser Health Authority (FHA), Interior Health Authority (IHA), Island Health Authority (VIHA), Northern Health Authority (NHA), Providence Health Care (PHC), and Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) are committed to offering students quality practice education opportunities and have collaborated to develop an online core orientation for students and faculty accessing all British Columbia health authorities.
For the full list of placement pre-requisites, please refer to the SPECO Checklist. This is a Word document you will need to save onto your computer. Please fill it in and send to your school once completed, along with supporting documents for the SPECO Curriculum, CRC, Immunizations, and COVID-19 module completion record prior to every VCH placement you are assigned to.
For additional reference, please use our SPECO Checklist completion guidelines – a supplementary document explaining different parts of the checklist – and the completion steps below.
Important: Students completing their practicum at VCH facilities are required to complete the COVID-19 online module prior to their start date, in addition to the requirements outlined in SPECO. Please note that although this curriculum is tracking learner’s progress, it does not generate a completion certificate. To submit proof of completion to their school, students are advised to take a screenshot of the completed courses in the curriculum and send it to their school placing coordinator.
Students and instructors entering a health authority for a practice education experience must complete the following. Practicum students returning to the health authority will need to enroll in the SPECO curriculum to complete any new or missing courses.
Read the Learning Hub Quick Reference User Guide.
Login to Learning Hub or sign up for an account using your school email address.
Important: When creating a Learning Hub account, students and instructors MUST use their school email address. Students should only have one account in the Learning Hub and can submit a ticket to have their accounts merged. Login to the Learning Hub, click on About - Contact Us at the bottom of the page below the Health Authority logos. From the Submit a Help Ticket category, choose the blue Learner Support button. When completing the form you can choose Account Merge / Link from the Learner Support Category drop down menu.
Current VCH Employees: If you already have an existing account as a VCH employee, you are to use this account, however please update the email to your school email. At the end of your school enrollment, you can change the email back. However, if this is not possible, please make sure your Learning Hub account has your legal name and health authority email.
Need help with your Learning Hub account? Please refer to the Account Merge and SPECO completion step-by-step instructions.
Search for SPECO curriculum and click on the "Enroll in Curriculum" button. The required orientation courses to complete will be listed when you enroll in the SPECO curriculum.
The list of courses will have a "Start Course" or a check mark with "Completed" button to the right of each course. Each of the courses with a "Start Course" button need to be completed.
Once completed, print your SPECO Curriculum certificate and submit to your school along with your completed and signed SPECO Checklist, and supporting documents for CRC and Immunization.
Note: a seperate certificate for the curriculum is generated only when all the modules are complete.
For non-clinical students, the curriculum completion certificate will not be generated. You will need to submit individual course completion records to your school.
You are required to read the Vancouver Coastal Health Information Privacy and Confidentiality Policy and agree to the online VCH Confidentiality Undertaking for Student Practice before your first practicum placement. The recertification period is two (2) years.