A highly unique program, the BCIT Combined Critical Care and Emergency advanced certificate is specifically designed for registered nurses (RNs) working in a community hospital in the intensive care unit with some shifts in the emergency department.
Critical care courses and clinical experiences prepare you to care for patients who are seriously ill, with health challenges such as acute coronary syndrome, cardiac failure, advanced hemodynamic monitoring, and acute respiratory failure. Emergency courses provide skills to assess and support the different illnesses and injuries found in an emergency care setting.
This program is for individuals who:
Interested in enrolling in our program? See Program Entry to learn more about entry requirements and how to apply.
Are you looking for more emergency expertise with a foundation in critical care nursing? See BCIT's Combined Emergency and Critical Care specialty option.
At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you've been working as a critical care or emergency nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.
We prepare you to work in two dynamic nursing environments. Visit Graduating and Jobs to learn more.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
The combined Critical Care and Emergency nursing certificate is designed for nurses who work in a community hospital and spend the majority of their time working in the intensive care unit with some responsibilities in the emergency department. The program melds a curriculum that focuses on providing the knowledge, skills and judgement to assess and care for patients experiencing an imbalance in oxygen supply and demand for acute coronary syndrome, cardiac failure, hemodynamic instability, respiratory insufficiency to acute respiratory failure. The emergency courses focus on assessment frameworks, pathophysiology to enable nurses to serve clients with a diverse range of illness and injury from a wide age spectrum.
The program is composed of five theory and three clinical courses. The courses focus on pathophysiology and comprehensive assessment of patients’ with a diverse range of illness and injury. The critical care nursing courses focuses on common health issues in community Intensive Care units (i.e., ACS, heart failure, hemodynamic instability, respiratory insufficiency and acute respiratory failure). The courses also include; dysrhythmia monitoring, arterial and central line monitoring, arterial blood gas analysis and interventions such as antidysrhythmic and vasoactive medications, as well as mechanical ventilation. Alongside the complex aspects of physiologic care, nurses are challenged to humanize the illness experience for patients and families.
Learning within the program explores various aspects of critical care and emergency nursing practice including; understanding and supporting patients and families through their experience, evidence informed practice, ethical challenges and collaborative practice.
Clinical courses are typically offered as instructor led experiences in 3-5 week full time blocks. Applicants for clinical are required to provide proof of current nursing registration in a Canadian Province or Territory and current basic cardiac life support (BCLS) within the previous 2 years. In selected situations precepted clinical experience may be arranged.
Graduates of the program are prepared to begin practice in a community intensive and cardiac care with beginning responsibilities in a community emergency department.
Our combined program equips you to enhance your skill set in your current workplace or transition to working in community intensive and cardiac care units with some responsibilities in a community emergency department.
If you are interested in a tertiary combined certificate, contact us for more information.
Registered nurses with this combined specialty work in hospital critical care and intensive care units with some shifts in the emergency department. Salaries start at approximately $32 per hour. Grads can write the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) critical care nursing certification exam.
Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Specialty Bachelors of Nursing program.
Join the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN). This non-profit organization works to maintain and enhance the quality of care provided to critically ill patients and their families.
Health Match BC is a new service that helps recent specialty nursing graduates find work within BC. Funded by the provincial government, Health Match BC prioritizes the hiring of BC nursing graduates. For more information, download the Health Match BC PDF.
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