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Emergency Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)

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


This highly niched program prepares you to work in the fast-paced, dynamic emergency care environment. No two shifts are the same, with patients who change constantly and have many different reasons for needing emergency care. Emergency nurses take on leadership, support, and decision-making roles to provide the best patient care possible.

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 only of its kind in British Columbia, BCIT’s Advanced Certificate in Emergency Nursing program educates registered nurses (RNs) from all over the world in emergency nursing. Our hands-on learning, clinical experiences, and expert faculty give you the skills employers seek.

  • 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
  • Two clinical experiences in an emergency room setting (approximately 125 hours each)

Our program is comprehensive in theory and practical experience. Visit Program Details for more information.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are RNs looking for emergency certification or are completing their specialty BSN in emergency
  • Are undergraduate nursing students currently completing an accredited BSN program (may take our first two required courses)
  • Have six or more months of relevant work experience in an acute care setting

Nurses practicing in BC may be eligible for sponsorship through local health authorities, governing bodies, and other professional associations. Talk to your employer about career and educational opportunities.

See Entrance Requirements to learn more about entry requirements and details on applying.

Your work experience matters

At BCIT, we value your work experience. If you’ve been working as an emergency nurse, take advantage of our Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process and fast track your advanced certification education.

Interested in enhancing your skills in emergency and critical care nursing? See BCIT’s Combined Critical Care and Emergency and Combined Emergency and Critical Care program options.

What grads can do

Our grads are in demand. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about career opportunities in emergency nursing.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

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


Program Details

The Program

The program offers post RNs either an Advanced Certificate in Emergency Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing. Nurses may bridge out after 27 credits to obtain an Advanced Certificate in Emergency Nursing, or continue and complete 33 more credits for a total of 60 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing.

For nurses with a shared interest in both Emergency and Critical Care Nursing, BCIT offers combined programs.

Combined Emergency/Critical Care Option – designed for nurses who work in a community or rural hospital and spend the majority of their time working in the emergency department with some responsibilities in the intensive care unit.

Combined Critical Care/Emergency Option – designed for nurses who work in a community hospital and spend the majority of their time is working in the intensive care unit with some responsibilities in the emergency department.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Our grads can work anywhere in the world. Apply your learning to your current workplace or use your new expertise to transition into an emergency nursing career.

Career opportunities

Emergency registered nursing salaries start at $32 per hour. You can work in many areas, including:

  • Hospital emergency departments and trauma centers
  • Rural health centers
  • Military trauma units
  • Cruise ship nursing
  • International travel nursing
  • Private sector nursing working in industries and corporations such as oil, mining and gas.
  • Flight nursing

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 Bachelor of Science, Specialty Nursing degree.

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 choose from the Advanced Practice Leadership of Nurse Educator options.

Join the National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA), an organization that provides standards for emergency nursing care. Visit the NENA forum where emergency nurses can share ideas, promote emergency nursing education, and foster community relations.

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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