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Pediatric Emergency Nursing Specialty

Advanced Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning

Overview

Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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.

The BCIT Pediatric Emergency Nursing Specialty program is the only one of its kind in Canada. We educate students from around the world, and our certificate is recognized at every Canadian hospital and university. Our program gives you the skills employers seek.

Pediatric emergency nursing is dedicated to the health and care of young people, ranging from babies to teenagers. Children, as patients, have unique healthcare needs that require specialized knowledge and expertise in their growth, illness, and injury. Pediatric emergency nurses must also have excellent communication skills so they can provide a safe and supportive environment for young patients and their families.

About the program

  • 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 that can be completed in pediatric practice areas in your community or province

Our program prepares you for a career in pediatric emergency nursing. Visit Program Details for more information about our program design.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Are current practicing, registered nurses (RNs) wanting an advanced pediatric emergency nursing certification, or to complete their specialty Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in specialty nursing
  • Enjoy working directly with children and their families
  • Have strong interpersonal and creative thinking skills, especially when communicating with young people

This specialty nursing program does not require relevant work experience. See Entrance Requirements to learn more about entry requirements.

Your work experience matters

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

What grads can do

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

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

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

Total costs for materials within the Pediatric Emergency Specialty Nursing program is approximately $500.

Courses

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

The BCIT Pediatric Emergency Nursing Specialty allows you to work anywhere in the world. Use our program to start your career in pediatric emergency nursing or apply your new skills in your existing workplace.

Career opportunities

Pediatric registered nurses combine technical nursing expertise with strong communication skills focused on youth. They primarily work in dedicated pediatric units in hospitals or community health centers but can also work in doctors’ offices and schools.

Positions start at approximately $32 per hour with opportunities available internationally. A typical day can involve:

  • Physical assessments
  • Educating families on care and prevention
  • Designing home care plans for children with special needs
  • Caring for children with chronic illness or injury
  • Creating a safe environment for young patients
  • Working closely with physicians on an on-going basis

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
Program Head
cmeagher2@bcit.ca
604-451-7045
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7045

Maya Heskia
Program Assistant
Maya_Heskia@bcit.ca
604-451-7094
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7094

Contact Us

Carrie Meagher
Program Head
cmeagher2@bcit.ca
604-451-7045
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7045

Maya Heskia
Program Assistant
Maya_Heskia@bcit.ca
604-451-7094
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7094

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