FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When do I apply?
  2. Who can take the program?
  3. Are you an undergraduate nursing student or allied health care professional interested in the ACCN program?
  4. What will the ACCN program cost?
  5. I have taken critical care course work or emergency specific courses at other institutions, am I eligible for transfer credit?
  6. Can I take the ACCN program part time or full time?
  7. How is the clinical portion arranged and structured?
  8. Can I take a break during my studies?
  9. ACCN is a distance delivery program so I can start a course whenever I want?
  10. Are there exams or papers in the ACCN theory courses?
  11. Is there a particular sequence to the ACCN courses in the ACCN program?
  12. Does ACCN have a website?
  13. Will the ACCN program at Mount Royal prepare me to take my CNA certification exam in emergency or critical care nursing?
  14. Will I get a job in the ER or ICU after completion of this certificate?
  15. I currently work in an ICU or ER, will I still benefit from taking this certificate?
  16. How do I decide if I should take the ICU or ER stream?
  17. Can I take courses from both the ICU and ER streams at the same time?

  1. When do I apply?

Apply as early as possible in the process for a better chance of securing a seat in the program, be sure to follow up quickly with all required transcripts (High School and Post Secondary). For the Fall intake you can apply as early as Oct 1st the year prior, for example for Fall 2017 you can apply on Oct 1st 2016. For Winter intake you can apply Oct 1st for January start.

  1. Who can take the program?

If you are a graduated nurse with either a diploma or degree in nursing with current nursing registration within a province in Canada you are eligible for the ACCN program. If you are an undergraduate nursing student or an allied health care professional you are eligible to take theory courses in the program. It is highly recommended that undergraduate nursing students confirm with their academic advisor at their institution of study whether they may enroll in an ACCN course.

  1. Are you an undergraduate nursing student or allied health care professional interested in the ACCN program?

Please call our Instructional Assistant for the details on how to do this.

  1. What will the ACCN program cost?

Please refer to the Money Matters website for course cost based on credit weighting.  The ACCN certificate program consists of four, three-credit theory courses and one, six-credit clinical course.

  1. I have taken critical care course work or emergency specific courses at other institutions, am I eligible for transfer credit?

Email the detailed courses outlines to transfercredit@mtroyal.ca. Include your Mount Royal Student ID number in the subject line. For each course, indicate the direct equivalent you are requesting.

Timelines for transfer equivalency assessments:

Fall: submit outline by April 15th and receive a decision by June 15th
Winter: submit outline by October 15th and receive a decision by December 15th
Spring: submit outline by February 15th and receive a decision by April 15th

  1. Can I take the ACCN program part time or full time?

Once you are admitted into the program you can create a schedule that fits your own needs, taking one course at a time or, depending on your situation, two classes per semester. It is unusual for our students to complete more than two courses per term and as such we require that you speak with the Instructional Assistant if you are endeavoring to take more. You can expect to spend 10-12 hours/week studying for each course.

  1. How is the clinical portion arranged and structured?

The clinical placement is 210 clinical hours (unpaid) coordinated by our staff and faculty at Mount Royal University, as well as the placement coordinator for the location you wish to do your clinical. We offer placements in Calgary and sometimes we are able to accommodate requests for Edmonton, Kelowna and Kamloops BC. If you are looking for a location closer to home please contact us well in advance and we can let you know of the possibilities. Please NOTE: We require students to have 1-2 years medical-surgical nursing experience prior to commencing the clinical practicum.

  1. Can I take a break during my studies?

Semester absences are acceptable but please be aware that reactivation within the program is based on the length of absence. Once you have started the program, if you choose to take more than a 18 months leave (including the Spring and Summer semesters), you will then need to reapply for admission back into the program and pay the necessary application fees etc. We currently suggest two years to complete the program from the time of admission to keep the learning and skills fresh and relevant.

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  1. ACCN is a distance delivery program so I can start a course whenever I want?

The ACCN courses correspond with the regular academic schedule at Mount Royal University.

Spring: May - June
Fall: September - December
Winter: January - April

  1. Are there exams or papers in the ACCN theory courses?

The ACCN courses have written assignments, and multiple choice and short answer exams. You will be provided with a schedule for all exams and assignments in the course outline at the beginning of the semester. Some courses have online exams, while others will be arranged through a proctor.

  1. Is there a particular sequence to the ACCN courses in the ACCN program?

Yes. See below.

Critical CareEmergency
ACCN 5501 or 5531ACCN 5551 or 5531
ACCN 5531 or 5501ACCN 5531 or 5551
ACCN 5505ACCN 5553
ACCN 5507ACCN 5555
ACCN 5581ACCN 5591

View course descriptions and materials for the ACCN program

  1. Does ACCN have a website?

Yes. Please visit www.mtroyal.ca/accn.

  1. Will the ACCN program at Mount Royal prepare me to take my CNA certification exam in emergency or critical care nursing?

The theory courses in the ACCN program will provide you with a solid knowledge base to address the core competencies covered in the CNA certification exam in critical care or emergency nursing.

  1. Will I get a job in the ER or ICU after completion of this certificate?

We cannot guarantee job placement after the completion of the ACCN certificate; however, this program is recognized nationally and many employers prefer hiring nurses with knowledge in critical care or emergency nursing.

  1. I currently work in an ICU or ER, will I still benefit from taking this certificate?

The ACCN certificate is a post-basic certificate that focuses on student centered learning. Each instructor in this program is an expert in his/her area of practice and looks for opportunities to challenge all levels of students taking this program. The content is also based on best practice, and evidence informed practice guidelines allowing even experienced nurses to continue to question and grow in their practice.

  1. How do I decide if I should take the ICU or ER stream?

For some this is clear, for others there are many factors that inform this choice. We suggest you contact the course coordinators for both streams to find out more about each stream and make a decision that works best for you. Please refer to the ACCN website for contact information.

  1. Can I take courses from both the ICU and ER streams at the same time?

This is a question best discussed with the course coordinators. Consideration needs to be given to prerequisites and courses being offered each semester as well as the workload required.

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