Critical Care/Emergency Nursing

Certificate of Achievement

This program consists of two certificate paths, allowing students to specialize their training and earn a certificate in either Critical Care Nursing or Emergency Nursing.

The Critical Care Nursing Certificate of Achievement will help students develop the skills they need to deliver safe, competent and ethical care to critically ill patients. This certificate integrates theory and application of clinical judgment related to specific disorders common to critical care and addresses rare but life-threatening situations. Students in this certificate program will discuss many diverse topics such as appropriate interventions and management, pathophysiology, pharmacological and technological interventions, relevant assessment findings and the prioritization of problems.

The Emergency Nursing Certificate of Achievement reviews the anatomic structure and physiologic function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurologic, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. Students will focus on the integration of theory and application of clinical knowledge related to specific disorders common to the emergency department. Students in this program will examine pathology, relevant assessment findings, prioritization of problems, appropriate interventions and management of clients across the lifespan. The certificate program also includes an exploration of legal and ethical issues, as well as safety related implications for nursing practice.

Learning and Career Growth

This program will help you:
-Increase your ability to provide quality care to your patients
-Develop practical skills you can apply immediately in your practice.
-Meet and exceed your continuing competence requirements.
-Stay up-to-date on trends and technologies in your practice area.

Duration and Delivery

Completing a single certificate takes 165 instructional hours. Earning a dual certificate (both majors) takes 285 instructional hours. Individual course hours range from 45-60 hours.

Courses are asynchronous; students work at their own pace to follow course schedules and deadlines. Expert instructors guide students in applying information through facilitated discussions. Students have a total of two years to complete the certificate program.


There is no application fee for these programs.

Courses: $560 - $630
Critical Care Certificate: $1820
Emergency Certificate: $1820
Dual Certificate: $3080

Fees do not include any material/special fees or textbooks. Fees are subject to change.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, you must be an LPN, RPN, RN or graduate nurse with a temporary permit. Internationally Educated Nurses with current registration in any jurisdiction are welcome to apply.

Other healthcare professionals may be admitted with the consent of the department. Please connect with us at for a personalized assessment.

We are passionate about student success and highly recommend that applicants have recent direct patient care experience in a medical/surgical acute care centre, or similar setting.

Getting Started

This program has intakes in September, January and May of every year.

Program application deadline: First day of classes.

Course registration deadline: First day of classes. Courses fill up quickly so register early to avoid disappointment.


Certificate of Achievement


If you have any questions about your enrolment, or if you would prefer not to enrol online, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

School of Continuing Education
phone: 780-497-4400
toll-free: 1-855-797-4400

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