The Post-Graduate Nursing Emergency & Trauma program is intended for CA licensed RNs and BSNs who seek expertise in Emergency and Trauma patient care. This provides nurses with the additional training and experience they need to be able to work in an emergency department. If you are licensed from another state, contact us to get more information about how to become licensed in CA.
As a post graduate course, it is assumed that the student has a good foundational understanding of anatomy, physiology and basic EKG interpretation. There is an entrance exam on these subjects that must be passed in order to qualify to register for the PGNET course. There is a review course available to help you prepare to take the entrance exam if you believe that you may not be up to speed in this subject areas.
The Post Graduate Nursing Emergency and Trauma Program is taught at the Brandman University site in Fairfield during the didactic phase (usually 10 weeks - depending on the experience levels of the students in the class. Range is 8 - 12 weeks). This is then followed by 12 weeks internship in a Level I or II Trauma Center, or Emergency Dept. There are options available in terms of location for your internship. Particularly if you do not live in the Fairfield/Vacaville area.
PGNET is offered as either a class of four to eight students, or to individual students (for a higher fee). Classes are taught 5 days per week, 8am - 5pm and students are expected to attend ALL classes, AND to arrive early so that class can begin on time. Individual students taking one-on-one classes can arrange for a specialized instruction schedule - however they are still limited to the same maximum time-frame of 10 weeks for the didactic portion, but it is also possible to complete in less time when one-on-one, if your knowledge and experience allows.
NOTE: If you are licensed outside of California, you will be required to obtain a Nursing license in California in order to participate in the internship part of this program. This is the responsibility of the student. If you are employed by a hospital outside of California, and they are prepared to allow you to do your internship in that hospital, then we can work with them to permit you to complete your program.
To successfully complete the full PGNET program, the student must pass all didactic modules (including written and oral examinations) and receive a passing evaluation during their hospital internship.
IMPORTANT - We offer the following statements with only the best interests of potential students in mind. We want there to be no surprises.
This is an intense immersion style course at the Post Graduate Level. Students must plan to dedicate themselves full-time, 7 days per week, when taking this course. Classes are 8 hour days (with breaks), Monday through Friday, followed by study time at night and on weekends. You need the support of family and friends, to take over any and all other responsibilities for you during this time. 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 do not pass the didactic, you cannot proceed on to the internship, and unfortunately will not pass the program.
Additionally, for your internship, you will be required to work the same shifts as your Preceptor. This means you may be working 8 or 12 hour shifts. These shifts may daytime, night time, swing shift, and may include occasional unpaid overtime. You may be working 5 days per week; 4 on, 3 off; or any other shifts typical for hospital medical staff.
Internships are unpaid. You are receiving training and experience in exchange for your Internship. Students are NOT in a position to request special shifts, days off, or any other special requests. However, if your Preceptor has a day off, you may be allowed to take that day off as well, OR, you may report to someone else on that day. You must be available to start your internship when the hospital is ready for you. It cannot be delayed. So please do not schedule vacations, holidays, family time, or any other reasons to be unavailable to work.
Course Outline - Didactic: 10 Weeks
The Didactic portion of the program is usually TEN WEEKS for a small group class (most classes). If you are taking this program one-on-one, and you are able to dedicate yourself fulltime to the course, it is possible to complete it in 8 weeks, with the rare exception completing in less than that amount of time. If a class has students who need more time, then the didactic can take a little more time - up to 12 weeks. But this is rare.
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 Weeks
Internships 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. We follow the CA State guidelines for Internships.
Student must be available to work all shifts, all days. You will be assigned to work the same shift as your Preceptor. This could mean nights, days, or swing shifts. It can also mean anywhere from 8 to 12 hour shifts. And occasionally in the ER, you will need to work overtime, e.g. if it gets really busy right at shift change time.
Often, if a student performs well and there is an opening in that Emergency Department, our PGNET student may be offered the open position. This is NOT guaranteed, and strictly between the hospital and the student.
Class Time Frame:
1) 10 weeks Didactics , followed by final exams (written and oral) - which must be passed before starting Internship. This may vary slightly, dependent on number of people in the class, and their experience levels.
2) 12 weeks - Internship in a Level I or II 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 at PGNET@uhtc.org
The following requirements must be met prior to being accepted into the Post-Graduate Nursing Emergency & Trauma program. A student must have a current and active License from the Board of Registered Nurses. Either RN or BSN completed.
The following are required before starting the internship portion of the program: TNCC, ACLS, PALS, BLS. If you do not have these before you start the course, you can take them consecutively - but you must take them on weekends, so that you do not interfere with your PGNET classes during the week. We do not recommend this, as it will take away from your study time. However, we understand that situations arise.
If you are having difficulty finding a provider course in the above, contact us and we can refer you to groups who offer these certifications.
Generally, didactic classes are taught at the Brandman University Fairfield Campus, in Fairfield, California. If you are not within driving distance, you can either arrange for a living situation, or see if we can accommodate videoconferencing access to the class. HOWEVER, If you videoconference in to the class, you will still need to attend the final two weeks of the class in Fairfield, in person. You are responsible for making arrangements for housing, travel and related expenses in order to meet this requirement.
If you are working or unable to attend all-day multi-student classes, it is possible to request a customized schedule that suits you and receive one-on-one instruction - 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 your knowledge and experience, as well as the amount of time you have available for instruction and for studying.
Once you have passed the necessary exams / requirements of the didactics and Internship you will receive 70 CEU’s towards your Continuing Education Credits plus a PGNET Diploma / Certificate of completion.
There are two ways to take this course: As part of a small group of between four and eight students (max). Or take it as a standalone student, with one-on-one instruction.
Tuition for the group class is $6000 per student. Clinical Fees are an additional $495. These do not include anything other than your tuition and internship. You are responsible to purchase your scrubs, textbooks, or any other additional items and/or certifications required (e.g. BLS, ACLS, TNCC, etc.)
NOTE: If you are already working at a hospital, and:
1) They are willing to pay your PGNET Course fees; and
2) They are willing to assign you to a Preceptor in their Level I or II Trauma Unit or Emergency Department for your internship;
THEN - the clinical fees are waived, and the tuition costs are also reduced, due to reduced administrative overhead. Have your hospital representative contact us for details. PGNET@UHTC.org
If we do not have a start date that works best for you, you may want to consider taking the course as a one-on-one. It is more expensive, but you receive one-on-one instruction and the course usually can proceed more quickly. Tuition for an individual one-on-one class is $10,000. Clinical Fees are an additional $495. This does not include anything other than your tuition and internship. You are responsible to purchase your scrubs, any textbooks, or other additional items.
The first step is to fill in the Application Form online and submit all necessary paperwork per the instructions on the application form. Once we have received your application and if it meets our minimum requirements, you will have a phone interview with Dr. Thomas. After that interview, you will receive an email letting you know the next steps.