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Specialty Nursing (Emergency - Combined Emergency, Critical Care Option)

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The Specialty Nursing (Emergency - Combined Emergency, Critical Care Option) program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology is the only degree program in British Columbia designed to prepare Registered Nurses for employment in specialty nursing practice.


Learners in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program are Registered Nurses who are either seeking employment or are employed in one of the nursing specialties listed above. The program combines part-time distance study with practice-based clinical education. BCIT grants credit for previous experience and education through a variety of transfer credit, course challenge, and prior learning assessment procedures.

The collaborative efforts of the BCIT Nursing Specialties faculty, nursing curriculum consultants, employers, learners, practicing nurses, and clients have developed the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing. The curriculum focuses on the technology of specialized nursing practice. Technology is broadly conceptualized as the knowledge, skills and attitudes that specialty nurses require in order to practice.

The curriculum of the Specialty Nursing (Emergency - Combined Emergency, Critical Care Option) program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology also focuses on building partnerships. BCIT views both nursing and learning as relational endeavours in which communication and collaboration enhance the processes and outcomes of these endeavours. Partnership, therefore, is the context in which students learn and enact specialty knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Faculty members are experienced clinical specialists, academically prepared as educators, who maintain their competency by regular clinical practice. They demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to practice-based education by active involvement in professional organizations and interest groups.

Graduate characteristics

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing program provides a broad range of perspectives, specialized knowledge, and skills. The intent is to build on learners’ previous experience and education to prepare them to competently care for individuals, groups and communities.

The following graduate characteristics facilitate competence in specialty nursing practice:

  • Development of reflective, critical-thinking skills
  • Participation in collaborative relationships
  • Further development of verbal and written communication skills
  • Development of systematic inquiry as a basis of practice
  • Expansion of professionalism through caring for and about individuals,
  • groups and communities
  • Engagement in personal and professional growth

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management
  • Emergency Nursing Theory 
  • Emergency Nursing Clinical
  • Critical Care Nursing Theory
  • Critical Care Nursing Clinical
  • Teaching and Learning in Specialty Nursing

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Application processing - Ongoing throughout the year.


65 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:

    • English Studies 12 (73%) or
    • English First Peoples 12 (73%) or
    • Other acceptable BC and Yukon courses or
    • ENGL 1177 - Academic Writing (73%) or
    • 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (73%) from a recognized institution

    Post-secondary education: diploma in nursing

    Current practicing registration with one of the following:

    • BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) or
    • Canadian provincial equivalent or
    • Registered Nurse (RN) license number (if practicing outside Canada)

    Work Experience: minimum six months work experience in an acute care setting

Tuition Fee

  • The cost of a part-time program is the total of the separate course fees.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Specialty Nursing (Emergency - Combined Emergency, Critical Care Option)
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