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Emergency Nursing Specialty (Combined Emergency/Critical Care Option)

Advanced Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning School of Health Sciences


Emergency courses and clinical experiences give you the skills to support the diverse array of illnesses and injuries you could see on a given shift. Our critical care courses educate you in strategies, such as advanced hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical ventilation, to optimize care and comfort for acutely ill patients.

Program delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the coming semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the program

The Emergency nursing specialty (emergency/critical care option) is a boutique program specifically designed for registered nurses (RNs). These RNs are working in community and rural hospitals and work primarily in emergency care, with some shifts in the intensive care unit.

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of 2.5 years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your own pace while working
  • Clinical experiences in emergency and critical care settings

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are RNs or those are completing their specialty BSN in emergency
  • Are undergraduate nursing students currently completing an accredited BSN program
  • Have six or more months of relevant work experience in an acute care setting
  • Are able to make effective decisions while managing fast changing patient situations
  • Are able to communicate well with their team, patients, and patients’ family

Does this sound like you? See Entrance Requirements to discover more about requirements and how to apply.

Are you looking for more critical care and intensive care unit (ICU) expertise with a foundation in emergency nursing? See BCIT’s Combined Critical Care and Emergency specialty option.

Your work experience matters

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.

What grads can do

We prepare you to work in intensive care, cardiac care, and cardiac surgical units. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Face respirator fit testing – approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

At BCIT, we listen to what you need to do your job well. This combined program ensures you can provide the best patient care possible in the emergency department, while also supporting critically ill patients needing intensive care.

Career opportunities

Registered nurses with the combined emergency and critical care specialty work in emergency departments with some shifts in the ICU. Salaries start at approximately $32 per hour.

Canadian Nurses Association

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Graduates of the BCIT program are eligible to write the Specialty Nursing exam for Emergency Nursing through the CNA Certification Program. CNA views certification as a method of validating nurses’ competence in an area of specialization within the field of nursing.  BCIT Specialty Nursing graduates can receive a credit of up to 1,000 hours towards their initial certification examination.

Keep learning

Looking to get your BSN? Use your advanced certificate toward completing our Specialty Bachelors of Nursing program.

Beginning in 2018, BCIT Specialty Nursing Advanced Certificate Graduates can apply to receive transfer credits towards the online, two-year UVIC Master of Nursing program. Applicants can chose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.

Health Match BC

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].

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Carrie Meagher, RN
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7045

Maya Heskia
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7094

Contact Us

Maya Heskia
Program Assistant
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7094

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