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Emergency Nursing Program

Registered nurses preparing for the professional practice of emergency nursing have the remarkable opportunity to choose from three study options to get the one that works best for them and their employer. Each study option is designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of nurses based on their personal and work commitments. The program includes self-directed study of web-based lessons supported by a high-level of interactive on-line learning using our e-learning platform Brightspace by Desire2Learn. Discussion board assignments include case studies that appropriately mirror the uniqueness of emergency nursing. A study schedule and regular communication with faculty will keep you on track with your studies.  

Group discussion, either face-to-face or via webconferencing, along with skills and simulation sessions are woven throughout the program. Depending on the study option and the experience level of the nurse, clinical in an emergency setting maybe integration throughout the program or done in blocks at designated times. This clinical learning, lasting approximately 168 hours, is provided in emergency departments at selected hospitals in Nova Scotia. You will be matched with a designated preceptor who will supervise the clinical experience under the guidance of the ENP faculty.

All of these learning strategies provide for more adaptability for learning pathways that are specific to your learning needs. 

The Full-time/Part-time Study Option (16 weeks)

  • January 6, 2020 - April 25, 2020;  Program Resuming September 13, 2020 - October 10, 2020
  • September 28, 2020 - February 6, 2021;  Registration Closed.

This study option includes both full-time and part-time study aimed at ensuring the nurse achieves the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet the program competencies.  The program will be aligned with a transition to practice approach that will support the nurse in transferring program competencies into his/her emergency nursing practice. Interested candidates should discuss this with their emergency manager, as only those who have been approved by their emergency manager for sponsorship for this course offering should register for the program. This study option will only be offered when requested by the employer.

The Regular Part-time Study Option (35-42 weeks) - PEI

  • January 6 - November 13, 2020;  Program Currently Suspended

​Interested candidates should directly contact their Health PEI manager AND Margie Burns: meburns@ihis.org, Margie is the CCNP/ENP PEI course coordinator; only those who have approval should register for the program. This study option is designed for nurses who will be working on their home nursing units while studying in the program. It is also an option for integrated clinical if hired into the Emergency setting during program

The Accelerated Part-time Study Option (24 weeks)

  • January 13 - June 26, 2020;  Program Resuming July 6, 2020 - October 16, 2020 
  • September, 2020 - February, 2021;  Program not being offered
  • January, 2021 - June, 2021;  Program to be Determined                                                  

This study option is designed for nurses who will be employed in the Emergency setting at the beginning of the program (e.g., orientation/transition completed or in process). This option requires employer support to ensure learner success that would include time to participate in on-line learning activities/study, exam writing, skill labs and simulation sessions, and clinical.

  • Independent study time varies by study option; the shorter the study option the more hours per week - range is 7.5-15 hours per week
  • Clinical practicum follows completion of all lessons or, if working in emergency, can be integrated throughout the program.
  • Every effort is made to provide required clinical learning experiences at the site closest to the learner’s home;however, traveling might be required.
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required before clinical placement.
  • Registered nurses with prior knowledge, skills, or experience fundamental to the practice of emergency nursing may qualify to receive credit towards program requirements.
  • Preceptors supervise the clinical learning experiences under the guidance of ENP faculty.

Contact Information:

Toll Free: 1-800-461-8766 (Atlantic Canada Only)
Phone: (902)-473-6500

Email: rnpdc@nshealth.ca


It is recommended that nurses interested in the Emergency programs should have a minimum of six months (preferably one year) of recent experience on an acute care inpatient unit.

An active-practicing RN license with the CRNNS.

Registered Nurses in any of RNPDC programs which have clinical components require active BLS(c) for HCP.  The course can be readily obtained from St. John Ambulance or Heart and Stroke of Nova Scotia. RNPDC requires a copy of your active card on file.

If your BLS (c) is going to expire during the program, faculty recommends you recertify PRIOR to entering the program. 

Registrants must either scan or send a photocopy of any and all current certifications (such as BLSC, ACLS, CTAS and TNCC certifications) to the RNPDC office.

Clinical Placements:

Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required before clinical placement. Please check with the program admin if you are unsure if a CRC is required for your clinical placement.


Additional Emergency Courses
For more information on upcoming courses relating to emergency nursing education in Nova Scotia, please click here.

Program Costs

Academic Fees (for payment options, click here):

Course materials: $200.00
Tuition: $400.00

Additional Expenses:
Textbooks (approximately): $450.00
(available at the Dalhousie University Bookstore or online from bookstores such as Amazon.ca)