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New Brunswick Critical Care Nursing Program (NBCCNP)


The New Brunswick Critical Care Nursing Program (NBCCNP) is a standardized Critical Care Certificate program based on the standards of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation (NENA), and the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN). The program includes both theory and practice and is delivered by distance – primarily online, but may also include audio or live virtual sessions, clinicals, and a preceptorship. Access to a computer is essential.

The NBCCNP offers learning within a critical care and emergency care environment. Courses may be offered to as many as eight sites depending on students’ locations and is offered in both official languages. The application and information on the French offering of the NBCCNP through Université de Moncton is available here.

As part of its commitment to the recruitment and retention of nursing resources for New Brunswick, the Department of Health also contributes to the preparation of nurses for the specialty of Critical Care Nursing through the NBCCNP. This Program is offered in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Université de Moncton (U de M) and the New Brunswick Regional Health Authorities.


  • Registered nurses who are a novice to critical care or emergency care nursing (less than one year's experience in these practice areas), or are interested in pursuing a career in critical care or emergency care nursing
  • Currently employed by Horizon or Vitalité
  • Able to commit to 11 full weeks of full-time study

Program details

The program consists of seven courses including a 135-hour Integrated Clinical Practicum. This 11-week program may be taken in one block full-time or completed part-time within the same fiscal year as the start date.

A non-credit Certificate of Proficiency will be granted upon successful completion of the program.


  • CCCN 1001 - Foundations
  • CCCN 1002 - Cardiovascular Alterations
  • CCCN 1003 - Pulmonary Alterations
  • CCCN 1004 - Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Hematological/Immunological and Renal Alterations
  • CCCN 1005 - Neurological Alterations
  • CCCN 1006 - Multisystems Alterations
  • CCCN 1007 - Integrated Clinical Practicum (Preceptorship)

Apply now!

Program dates: Starts Sept. 5, 2023
Deadline for application: June 5, 2023
Program 53

Program dates: Starts Oct. 30, 2023
Deadline for application: Sept. 11, 2023
Program 54

Program dates: Starts Jan. 22, 2024
Deadline for application: Nov. 27, 2023
Program 55

Program dates: Starts April 2, 2024
Deadline for application: Feb. 12, 2023
Program 56

Acceptance to the program is dependent upon approval granted by the Regional Health Authorities. You must contact your site coordinator to confirm your interest in applying:

The following must be included with your application to the program:

  • Cover letter
  • Copy of NANB registration
  • Proof of current CPR
  • Current CV

For more details, explore the NBCCNP FAQ.

Phone: 506-453-4694 (Option 5)
Toll free: 1-888-259-4222 (Option 5)
Email: nbccnp@unb.ca