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Emergency Nursing - RN

Certificate of Accomplishment | ERD1

Program Overview

The Emergency Nursing - RN certificate is designed for RNs employed in and/or seeking to advance their practice in emergency nursing. You will learn nursing assessment; evidence-informed nursing interventions; and how to develop collaborative and consultative partnerships with clients, their support systems and other health-care practitioners. You will develop high-level critical thinking, care planning, leadership and professional practice skills.

Please note that the courses in this certificate need to be taken in a specific order.  Check that you have obtained the necessary pre-requisite prior to registering for a course.  Learners without the necessary pre-requisites will be removed from courses and charged the administrative fee.

This certificate is based on the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) competencies for emergency nurses and completion of the certificate academically prepares students for the Emergency Nursing Certification Exam.

If you are from a hospital looking to sponsor your staff into this program, please email

Admission Requirements

  • Registered Nurse (RN) 

Academic Partnership with Canadian Nurses Association

Canadian Nurses Association

If you wish to be enrolled in the Emergency Nursing - RN certificate please select Next Steps below

Next Steps

Certificate Pathway

POST 500

can be taken at any time before EMGY 517


Quick-Look Availability Scheduler

Use the Quick-Look Availability Scheduler to see available courses in a calendar view and plan towards achieving your certificate.

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Course Name 2024/2025 Academic Year 2025/2026 Academic Year
Compulsory May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
CORN 510: Cardiology Nursing- Level 1
CORN 511: Cardiology Nursing - Level 2
EMGY 510: Emergency Nursing - Introduction
EMGY 511: Emergency Nursing - Adult and Older Adult
EMGY 512: Emergency Nursing - Pediatrics and Women
EMGY 513: Emergency Nursing - Special Populations
EMGY 514: Emergency Nursing - Trauma
EMGY 517: Emergency Nursing - Clinical Practicum for the RN
POST 500: Patient Assessment - Post Graduate

Compulsory Courses

CORN 510 Cardiology Nursing- Level 1
  Start Date: June 2024, September 2024  
This course is designed to provide the nurse with the comprehensive knowledge and skill required for accurate interpretation and management of cardiac dysrhythmias and evaluation of pacemaker functioning. Objectives build on entry-to-practice knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart, thorax and lungs, and peripheral vascular system. An introduction of concepts related to emergency management of Acute Coronary Syndromes and decompensated heart failure are provided. To successfully meet all course learning objectives, students will be required to engage in both independent and collaborative group learning activities on a consistent basis.


CORN 511 Cardiology Nursing - Level 2
  Start Date: June 2024, September 2024, October 2024  
This course is designed to provide the nurse with the comprehensive knowledge and skill required for accurate analysis of the 12 Lead ECG to guide effective nursing and inter-professional care for clients experiencing disorders from the spectrum of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), as well as common imitators of Myocardial Infarction. National guidelines that direct emergency management, percutaneous cardiac interventions, and cardiac pharmacology for ACS disorders are examined. To successfully meet all course learning objectives, students will be required to engage in both independent and collaborative group learning activities on a consistent basis.


EMGY 510 Emergency Nursing - Introduction
This course focuses on introducing students to the fundamental concepts of emergency nursing. Objectives will build on entry-to-practice knowledge to foster development of comprehensive nursing care for critically ill or injured clients across the lifespan. Major concepts explored in this course are: The Canadian Triage Assessment score; the physical and social aspects of the workplace environment; professional and therapeutic communication skills; and interprofessional practice. Legal and ethical government and regulatory standards, codes of conduct, and best practice guidelines are incorporated into all learning activities to build a strong understanding of the requirements for practice in this specialty area. To be successful with all learning objectives, each student is required to participate fully in all individual and collaborative learning activities.


EMGY 511 Emergency Nursing - Adult and Older Adult
  Start Date: September 2024  
Adult and Older Adult Emergencies is a core course in the ER nursing certificate program. It is a recommended prerequisite for all other ER Certificate Program courses. Concepts explored in EMGY 503 include common medical/surgical emergencies seen in the emergency department. This includes discussion surrounding understanding the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, nursing interventions, medical management and treatment of neurological, EENT, infectious disease, toxicology, respiratory, toxicological, cardiovascular, shock, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, hematological, musculoskeletal and integumentary emergencies.


EMGY 512 Emergency Nursing - Pediatrics and Women
This course discusses the knowledge, evidence, and legal concepts related to the nursing care of children and their families in the emergency setting. Topics will address caring for the child with illnesses and injuries, including suspected child abuse, as well as injury prevention. Women’s health concerns are also covered in this course, including common acute physical illnesses seen in the emergency department, as well as domestic violence and other psychosocial concerns. The developmental/cognitive, cultural, and societal theories and principles central to care of women, children, and their families are a significant focus in this course. To be successful with all learning objectives, each student is required to participate fully in all individual and collaborative learning activities.


EMGY 513 Emergency Nursing - Special Populations
  Start Date: September 2024  
This course discusses the needs of clients who present to the emergency department with unique and complex healthcare concerns that require specialized and advanced nursing and interprofessional care. In some cases, these clients are part of a marginalized or vulnerable population and the nurse must demonstrate strong leadership and autonomy when delivering and managing the required interventions and supports. Some topics include, but are not limited to: Oncology; Immunology; Toxicology; Critical Illness; Mental Health; and emergent Older Adult syndromes. Assessment, management, and education regarding acute and chronic pain are also addressed. To be successful with all learning objectives, each student is required to participate fully in all individual and collaborative learning activities.


EMGY 514 Emergency Nursing - Trauma

This course focuses on the nursing care for clients who have suffered a physical trauma and require rapid and accurate assessment and implementation of advanced nursing interventions. The learner will be required to apply strong critical thinking, prioritization, and decision-making skills in order to identify actual or potential emergent or life-threatening situations and plan effective and efficient interventions. Some topics include but are not limited to: Maxillofacial and Head Injuries; Orthopedic, Neurovascular, and Spinal Injuries; Thoracic Injuries; Abdominal Injuries; and Environmental Disasters and Pandemic Planning. To be successful with all learning objectives, each learner is required to participate fully in all individual and collaborative learning activities. 


EMGY 517 Emergency Nursing - Clinical Practicum for the RN

The clinical component of the Emergency Nursing Program will provide the nurse with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the preceding theory components of the Emergency Nursing Program. Emphasis will be on the management of life threatening emergencies of the cardiac, respiratory, and neurological systems. The Emergency Department and its effect on patients and health care providers will be assessed and the standards of Emergency Nursing practice will be emphasized. The student will be assigned a preceptor who will evaluate the student's nursing practice while in the clinical area. The preceptor will evaluate the student according to the clinical objectives and standards of Emergency Nursing.

The Emergency Nursing-RN clinical is 150 hours and must be completed within a 3-month term. Nurses are required to do two shifts weekly following their preceptor's schedule.  

Step 1: Start your clinical placement application process by completing this Clinical Placement Request Form. Once we receive this form, we will add your name to the clinical waitlist and send you detailed information about the clinical placement process. Your placement requests will be submitted to the hospitals for the next term according to the placement request submission deadline. The placement requests are submitted three months in advance.

Step 2: Once you have submitted your Clinical Placement Request Form, please start working on the Health Clearance requirements, which may take three months to obtain

Note: You will be notified to register for the Clinical Course
  • Once we have secured your clinical placement and
  • You have successfully completed all the pre-requisite courses and
  • You have emailed all the health clearance requirements to the Humber Health Clearance Office.


POST 500 Patient Assessment - Post Graduate
  Start Date: June 2024, September 2024, November 2024  

This theoretical course is designed to assist nurses to refine their assessment skills to a higher level in order to obtain data to complete the health history and physical examination of a variety of adult clients. Assessment throughout the lifespan along with cultural and spiritual differences of adult clients will be discussed. The content will focus on culture and diversity, communication and therapeutic nurse or client relationships, safety, interviewing, history-taking, pain and physical and psychosocial assessments. The following systems respiratory, cardiovascular gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, musculoskeletal and neurological will be examined across the lifespan. Emphasis will focus on differentiating normal from abnormal findings to assist the nurse to move appropriately from data collection to nursing diagnosis. Students are expected to take an active role in group discussion, assessment, demonstrations and practice. The learning format will include in-class and online methodologies, such as lectures, reflective practice, case studies, demonstrations and critical discussions.


Why study in our Hybrid courses?

Hands-on learning with instructors and online theory 

Practice ‘real scenarios’ in our state-of-the-art labs

Make connections with instructors and peers

for an enriched learning experience

Condensed courses to help fast-track you into your career

Receive regular feedback to improve your skills

Students report high level of confidence after our simulation lab experiences

Why study in our Online Courses?
Easy-to-navigate modules for student-focused learning

14 week courses allow for achievable timelines

Synchronous lessons throughout courses

Instructor available for individual student questions, in a variety of formats

Various assessments such as videos, interactive quizzes




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