The PGNET (Post-Graduate Nursing-Emergency & Trauma) program is intended for RNs and BSNs who seek expertise in Emergency Room and trauma patient care. This provides nurses with the additional training and experience they need to be able to work in an emergency department.
As a post-graduate course, it is assumed that the student has a good foundational understanding of anatomy, physiology and EKG interpretation. There is an entrance exam on these subjects that must be passed in order to qualify to register for the PGNET course. If you do not pass this exam, there is a review course available to you to help you prepare to take the exam again.
PGNET is currently taught live online during the didactic phase using Skype or FaceTime - whichever is best for the student(s).
Starting in September, we will also offer face to face classes in Fairfield, CA.
PGNET is offered as either a multi-person class, or to individual students (for a higher fee). Multi Person classes are taught 5 days per week, 8am - 5pm Pacific Time for 10 consecutive weeks. Individual students can arrange for a specialized instruction schedule - however they are still limited to the same maximum time-frame of 10 weeks, but it is possible to complete in less time, when a single student.
NOTE: If you are licensed outside of the state where you do your internship, you will be required to obtain a Nursing license in that state in order to participate in the internship part of this program. This is the responsibility of the student.
To successfully complete the full program, the student must pass all didactic modules (including written and skills examinations) and receive a passing evaluation during their hospital internship.
IMPORTANT - We offer the following statement with only the best interests of potential students in mind:This is an intense and compact course at the Post Graduate Level. Students must plan to dedicate themselves full-time when taking this course. Classes run almost all day (with breaks), and then there is study time required at night and on weekends. This means you need the support of your family and friends, to give you the space you need to do this. If you cannot dedicate this much time for a 10 week period, then we recommend that you wait until you are able to do so, because if you fail the didactic, you cannot proceed on to the internship and you will receive a failing grade.
Course Outline - Didactic: 8-10 Weeks
The Didactic portion of the course varies in length UP TO TEN WEEKS. Generally, when it is a group class, the full ten weeks is needed in order to meet all the students' needs. If you are taking this class one-on-one, and you are able to dedicate yourself fulltime to the course, you can complete it in 8 weeks, with the rare exception completing in less than that amount of time.
At the end of each week of instruction, there will be an exam on Friday covering the material covered that week.
Module I: Cardiac, ACLS/BLS, Pharmacology, Calculations, Respiratory
Module II: Trauma, Shock, Neural, Pharmacology, Calculations, Respiratory
Module III: Pediatric, Obstetrics, PALS/BLS, Pharmacology, Calcultaions, Respiratory, Geriatrics
Module IV: Diabetes, Endocrine, Abdominal pain, Pharmacology, Calculations and Repiratory
Course Outline - Internship: 12 WeeksInternship will be done under the guidance of an Emergency Department Preceptor Nurse at the assigned hospital. The rate at which the student advances through the Internship will be dependent on hospital circumstances and the student's ability to move through various degrees of responsibility in their assigned Emergency Department. The student will receive 12 weeks of internship experience, and is expected to complete all responsibilities within that time frame.
Often, if a student performs well and there is an opening in that Emergency Department, our PGNET student may be offered the open position. But this is NOT guaranteed, and strictly between the hospital and the student.
Class Time Frame:
1) 8-10 weeks - Didactics , followed by final exams (written and oral) - which must be passed before starting Internship.
2) 12 weeks - Internship in a Level 1, 2 , or 3 – Trauma Center or Emergency Department working full-time, 8 or 12 hour shifts, with a preceptor (Ratio 1:1)
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact us.
The following requirements must be met prior to being accepted into the Post-Graduate Nursing Emergency & Trauma program. A student must have one of the following:
(i) A current and active RN License, or
(ii) A BSN, or
(iii) An Associate Degree PLUS be registered in a BSN Program.
NOTE: Many of the hospitals that accept students for their Internship are Magnet Hospitals, and will only accept nurses with a BSN or if they have an Associate Degree must be registered in a BSN program.
The following are required before starting the internship portion of the program:
If you are registered in the PGNET Program, we are able to offer renewal courses in ACLS, PALS and BLS at an additional cost per course. We do NOT currently offer TNCC.
Generally, didactic classes are taught using live interactive webinars. Starting in September, 2019, a full class of 6 or more students may be taught on site in Fairfield, California.
If you are working or unable to attend all-day multi-student classes, it is possible to request a customized schedule that suits you - there is an additional charge for individualized instruction. You will still be required to complete all didactics in a 10 week time frame prior to starting your Internship. Often, in a 1 on 1 situation, this instruction moves more quickly, and it is possible to cover the material in less than 10 weeks. But this is not a guarantee. It is dependent on the amount of time you have available for instruction and for studying.
On completion of the 8-10 weeks of didactics and 12 week Internship you will receive 200 CEU’s towards your Continued Education Credits plus a certificate of completion.
We schedule classes based on the common available dates of the majority of our students. Therefore, it will be important for you to be clear about your availability. It will also be important for you to have some flexibility so that we can accommodate as many students as possible. If we cannot find a series of dates that works for you, then you may want to consider taking the course as a one-on-one. It is more expensive, but you receive one-on-one instruction, plus we will work to your schedule as much as we possibly can within the time-frame allowed.