Emergency Nursing

Advanced Certificate
Emergency Nursing

Program Overview

Note: This program has been suspended; applications are not currently being accepted.

Are you an RN wishing to expand your current skill set and knowledge base? Do you thrive in high intensity environments? Do you desire to provide care to a variety of patient populations with an even broader spectrum of health concerns? Are you excited to be part of a multidisciplinary team that seamlessly blends knowledge and technology, all while delivering holistic, patient centered care? If so, a career in emergency nursing might be right for you.

Emergency nursing requires the acquisition and application of a specialized body of knowledge and skill set. The program will prepare you to make safe clinical decisions in an unpredictable and ever changing environment. While exploring the specialty of emergency nursing, you will look at concepts of partnerships in a team-team based environment, triage, trauma care, care of the critically ill, care of patient across the lifespan, care of specialty populations, and much more

The Emergency Nursing program is 32 weeks long, culminating in an Advanced Certificate of Emergency Nursing upon graduation. The program consists of 23 weeks of online theory, a one week hands on skills and authentic learning lab, and eight weeks of preceptor guided clinical practice education.

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our Emergency Nursing program follows the standards set by the National Emergency Nursing Association. When you graduate, you will have the foundation needed to successfully write the national emergency certification examination.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates of the Emergency Nursing program belong to a unique group of health care providers, who possess the knowledge and skill set required to care for patients in urgent and emergent scenarios. Essential to the multidisciplinary emergency care team, emergency nurses quickly complete comprehensive assessments, prioritize patient care, make evidence based decisions, and impact patient lives. Often employed in emergency departments, emergency nurses also work in urgent care clinics, ambulances and helicopters, and sport settings.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Emergency Room NurseRegistered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (3012)$65,100 - $99,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

August, October, January

Length: 32 weeks


  • Online
  • Regina

  • Some online programs include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. Online programs may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.


Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse with active registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA)
  • English Language Requirement documentation is considered met as evidenced through licensure with the registered nurses' licensing body in Canada


The following are not required on admission but are required prior to participating in the clinical education component:

  • Current immunization
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider "C" AED or equivalent
  • Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR®) certification
  • Evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.



The annual cost varies according to the current tuition rate and the credit units for each course that you are taking. Tuition for the entire program is due by the first day of orientation. Please contact or call Heidi Kirk, administrative support, at 306-775-7445 (toll free at 1-866-467-4278) for more information.


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CLIN 235
Emergency Nursing Clinical Practice Education
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You will function according to health care facility policy and registered nursing scope of practice. Clinical days 1-6 You will integrate and apply emergency nursing theory into your clinical practice. You will be guided by several health care providers, including a faculty member, a clinical educator and your preceptor in the clinical practice education. You will gain hands-on experience with a variety of assessment and clinical interventions for patients with lower acuity presentations. Clinical days 7-12 You will integrate and apply evidence informed practice in caring for higher acuity emergency patients. You will be supported by several health care providers, including a faculty member, a clinical educator and your preceptor in the clinical practice education. You will gain hands-on experience caring for multiple patients with varying acuity presentations.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 144.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 297
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum-Individual
NRSG 293
Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing 1
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You will explore emergency nursing as a specialty within the nursing profession. You will explore the unique nature of emergency nursing as primary episodic care of individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing health alterations. You will explore the concept of partnership with patient, families, and health care professionals in a fast paced, unpredictable, changing environment. You will explore how this unique environment affects your personal and professional self. You will discuss trends and issues that affect emergency care facilities, ultimately affecting patient care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 294
Health Assessment and Diagnostics
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You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of emergency nursing with an emphasis on pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostics by body system. You will explore the pathophysiology and management of pain in the context of all emergency care. You will consider special populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics and obstetrics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 293
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
NRSG 295
Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing 2
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You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care for common non-traumatic emergencies with special consideration for pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics and obstetrics. You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care of shock, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care for patients with communicable diseases in the context of emergency care. You will explore mental health, toxicological emergencies, environmental emergencies, palliative and end of life care in the emergency setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 294
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 296
Specialty Concepts of Emergency Nursing
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You will be introduced to advanced concepts of emergency nursing including the principles of triage, trauma care, care of the critically ill patient with advanced ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring and pharmaceutical agents. You will examine emergency preparedness and disaster planning in the context of emergency nursing. You will examine forensic nursing and concepts of sexual assault. You will examine the concepts of stabilization and transport, both within and outside the facility and their impact on emergency care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 295
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 297
Emergency Nursing Lab
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You will demonstrate the theory and principles of emergency nursing in the performance of specialized nursing skills. Selected psychomotor skills will be demonstrated, and you will practice them in a laboratory setting using authentic emergency scenarios. You will be required to demonstrate cultural competence for all scenarios in the nursing lab.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 296
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

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