About the Program

Does EPICC replace any other education programs?

It is not the intention of EPICC to replace any other programs.  We encourage all facilities and organizations to assess the EPICC program for themselves and see if it meets their needs.

We are proud that the EPICC programs fill a need in the area of emergency education and use adult learning principles to achieve their goal.  All of the methods used are based on evidence to be the best methods for knowledge translation for the practitioner.

How does EPICC operate?

EPICC had its roots through a partnership between an education group called prn Education in BC and the National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA).  The program has grown to include three programs across Canada and is delivered in multiple areas of hospitals.

As such, in November 2018, EPICC moved into the structure of a new not-for-profit society called the Society of Professionals in Emergency Care.  The EPICC National Development Team is excited that the program has grown so much and looks forward to expanding the editorial and quality teams under our new structure.  The changes don’t change the program at all and the same great team that developed the program is still involved.

Who owns EPICC?

The EPICC program is owned by the Society of Professionals in Emergency Care (SoPEC), a federal not-for-profit focused on the development and delivery of quality education programs.

Since inception, we have been focused on developing the EPICC programs.  Our eventual goal is to also represent the Emergency Care professions through position statements, networking opportunities and ongoing continuing education.

Finding and Running Courses

How do I find a course?

Courses are provided across the country by various organizations – some affiliated with hospitals and others affiliated with educational institutions.

If you are looking for a course in your area and/or would like to bring a course to your area, please contact us through the “Contact Us” tab on this website.  Please include what City and Province you are from.

If you are wanting to setup your own organizations and develop a group of facilitators in your area, please also contact us through this website.

What Provinces have courses available?

Currently there are groups running courses in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the four Maritime Provinces and there are groups able to travel to each of the three Territories.  We are currently looking for interested groups in Saskatchewan to get instructor groups up and running.  If you are looking to get in contact with one of the established groups or to set up your own group, please contact us through the “Contact Us” tab on this website.

How do I run courses?

Courses are provided across the country by various organizations – some affiliated with hospitals and others affiliated with educational institutions.

If you are looking for a course in your area and/or would like to bring a course to your area, please contact us through the contact us tab.

If you are wanting to setup your own organizations and develop a group of facilitators in your area, please contact us through this website.

What do I need in my facility to host a course?

The exact requirements will be based on what the group requires who is coming to provide the course.  But the basics:

  • One room big enough to hold everyone (tables are acceptable not required)
  • One small breakout space per group of 5-6 students.  These will be for simulation practice.  It is best if they are in a hospital-room type of setting or sim lab but can be done anywhere in conference rooms, hotels or meeting rooms if required.
  • One mannikin for each small group
  • There will also be some other equipment requirements for props but these are usually easily gathered and are less complex to arrange than the rooms and dolls.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my course registration (registration, payment, cancellation)?

If you have a question about your course registration (registration, payment, cancellation, etc) please contact the course provider that you registered through.  If you are unable to contact the lead facilitator, please contact us through the Contact Us tab for assistance.

When is EPICC-Pediatrics being released?

EPICC-Pediatrics has a release date of March 23, 2019

Pre-Course Preparation

Are there any pre-requisites?

There is no pre-requisite for attending EPICC-Foundations.

EPICC-Trauma and Pediatrics requires current EPICC-Foundations certification as it is a compressed timeframe program.

What is the Pre-Course preparation?

There is a series of online modules that you must complete before attending each course.  Completion is mandatory before attending and presentation of the confirmation of online module completion will be required by the course director of the course you are attending.

Allow 4-8 hours to complete the modules for each course.  There is some content that is relevant to all courses and you will only need to complete this once.

Where are the online modules?

The online modules are on the EPICC On-line Learning Website at https://go.epicclearning.ca

Who do I contact if I am having problems with the online modules?

Please contact us through the “Contact Us” link on this website.  Before contacting us, please ensure that you are using the most current version of your web browser and have followed the instructions on the “Need Help?” link on the online learning platform.

Can I print the online content?

You can print whichever online content you wish; however, we encourage you to limit this to certain resources such as the assessment framework and evaluation matrix.  We make frequent updates to the online content and your printed material will be outdated shortly after printing.

How long do I get access to the online modules?

You will receive access to the online modules for two years from the date of your enrolment into the course.

When you access within those two years, you will always see the most current version, research and posts.

In-Person Session

What do we do at the course?

The course is a mixture of simulation, small group and large group scenarios.  There are no didactic sessions, no PowerPoint and no long periods of sitting in chairs!

Student Evaluation

There's no exam?

You’re right…there’s no exam!  BUT…

Using the word “exam” synonymously with “evaluation” of a student is an incorrect action.

An exam is simply a tool to evaluate a learner’s knowledge.  Other examples of tools are evaluation of performance (graded scenario), peer review, individualized mentor feedback.

In assessing the best method of EVALUATING a student, we must look at what we are trying to achieve.  For clinical practice situations, evaluation of learning should be frequent, supportive, objective and documented.  Basically, being able to answer A, B, C or D correctly has not been shown to prove a practitioner is competent at the bedside. As well checklist scenario performance only evaluates that a student can memorize a checklist (and again, does not translate to bedside care).

So…EPICC does have an evaluation process.  Student evaluation in EPICC is not achieved through examination — it is instead through individualized learner/facilitator feedback and the development of an individualized learning plan.  The student leaves with an individual evaluation form and learning goals.

If you have further questions about the evaluation process, please get in touch and we can send you more information about the relevancy of this evaluation model.

The program and its evaluation methods are externally accredited by the University of Sherbrooke.

Program and Student Certification

Is there a certificate of completion?

Yes.  You will receive a certificate upon successful participation in the program.  This includes completing the online modules BEFORE attending and participating in the evaluation process at the course.

You certificate does not grant you any authority to perform any skills covered in the course (much like passing ACLS doesn’t authorize you to perform those skills).  Individual employers will decide what skills nurses can perform upon completion of the various EPICC Programs.

How long is the certificate good for?

The certificate expires three years from your course end date.

Do I get certified for any skills?

There are skills that are taught in various programs that would not be part of a general nurse’s scope of practice (as an example, initiation of an intraosseus infusion).  Whether individual employers decide to allow nurses to perform certain skills on patients is a decision that they make based on their own comfort, policies and need.

While attending EPICC does not permit the performing of any skills automatically, certain employers may consider attending the program as the educational component to a new skill within their staff’s skills complement.

Who has accredited the EPICC program?

The EPICC Program is a fully bilingual Canadian Emergency Nursing education program.

The EPICC-Foundations program has been externally accredited by the University of Sherbrooke for 19 Certified Education Hours.  The EPICC-Trauma program has been accredited for 12.75 Certified Education Hours.  The process for certification involves a complete review of the program by the Faculty within the continuing education area of the University and is re-certified annually after review.

The EPICC-Pediatrics program will be submitted accreditation upon completion.