Emergency Nursing Program

Credential Earned

Certificate of Completion


  • Full time: 16 weeks
  • Part time: 24 weeks

See Plan of Study details for more information.


Available to learners in Nova Scotia and PEI


  • Independent, online learning with live group discussions
  • In-person skills and simulation sessions in Halifax, Antigonish, Sydney, or Yarmouth for Nova Scotia learners and Charlottetown for PEI learners


Nova Scotia — Full Time

  • Winter: January 15, 2024-May 3, 2024 
  • Fall: September 3, 2024-December 20, 2024

Nova Scotia — Part Time

  • Fall: September 9, 2024-February 21, 2025
  • Winter: January 6, 2025–June 20, 2025

PEI — Full Time

  • Fall: September 3, 2024–December 20, 2024

Registration Deadlines

Nova Scotia — Full Time

  • Fall: August 9, 2024 

Nova Scotia — Part Time

  • Fall: August 9, 2024 

PEI — Full Time

  • Fall: August 9, 2024


The Emergency Nursing Program (ENP) prepares Registered Nurses for professional practice in the emergency department. This performance-based program supports RNs to advance their clinical judgement, critical thinking, and clinical leadership to work collaboratively with the interprofessional team. Whether you are a new graduate, new hire, or have experience in acute care, this program prepares you to care for patients with low to high acuity emergencies.

This program uses a conceptual learning approach. Learners study a concept, then actively apply the concept to emergency case studies and simulation. Each concept is integrated with others so, by the end of the program, graduates can apply all concepts to patients’ emergency presentations. This active, learner-centred approach fosters critical thinking and a deeper understanding of clinical knowledge by building on previous knowledge. Upon completion of the program, learners will be prepared to meet the dynamic and complex needs of patients in the emergency setting.


  • Active-practicing RN license with the provincial regulator
  • Nova Scotia Learners: Must be sponsored by emergency department manager
  • PEI Learners: Contact your Health PEI manager and the CCNP/ENP course coordinator, Janelle Jackson (jrjackson@ihis.org)  for approval to register for the program

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The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.