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2024 Course Dates Available Now

A limited number of courses are now available – more courses will be added during the year when possible

CAPEN Course Dates – 2024

StateCourse DatesLocation
NZ16th - 17th March Hawkes Bay
QLD1st - 2nd JunePA Brisbane
NSW 17th - 18th AugustNepean
QLD12th - 13th OctoberPA Brisbane
VIC27 & 28 JulyMelbourne
QLD7 & 8 SeptemberTownsville General Hospital
CBD30th November & 1st DecemberPerth

Course in Applied Physiology in Emergency Nursing (CAPEN) – A Conceptual Approach

CAPEN  is a 2 day comprehensive course designed to give acute care clinicians the ability to correlate broad physiologic / pathophysiologic processes to specific clinical problems.

The course teaches a conceptual approach of advanced physiological principles and human responses related to injury and illness. The course utilises a case study approach and critical decision-making skills and combines didactic content with interactive discussions and is presented in a flexible format.

By undertaking this course, the clinician will strengthen their complex critical decision-making skills to optimally impact the outcome of critically ill or injured patients.

Upon completion of the course the participant should be able to:

  • Analyse physiologic concepts as they relate to human responses to injury
  • Integrate the physiologic concepts through case studies
  • Utilise the application of science to clinical practice with the physiologic concepts to assure a comprehensive approach to the injured patient
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of clinical management on patient outcomes

Course participants are expected to be familiar with core anatomy and physiology. A participant workbook is provided prior to course attendance which is to be completed and handed in the morning of Day 1 to assist in achieving maximum benefit during the course.  It is also recommended that course participants understand the Primary and Secondary surveys related to trauma management.

Course Schedule

  • Critical Decision Making
  • Scientific Foundations
  • Special Populations
  • Oxygen and Ventilations
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation
  • Transport and Perfusion
  • Shock
  • Host Defence Systems (Local & Systemic)
  • Mobility and Sensation
  • Pain
  • Consciousness


There is a project and workbook to be completed before the course, and several case reviews during the course of the program. Successful completion of the program is assessed by an Oral Viva related to a clinical case.

Course Material

Once your enrolment is confirmed, your pre-course material l will be mailed. It reinforces and supplements the lectures and should be thoroughly reviewed before the course and both will need to be handed in on the morning of Day 1 of the course.

Course Participants

Only registered nurses, paramedics and allied health professional may attend CAPEN Other health care providers may audit the course and will be given an in-service certificate.


Participant Course Fee: $795.00 GST Inclusive


$740.00 financial member of ACEN GST Inclusive.

Completed applications & payment to be forwarded 6 weeks prior to the course.


Australian College of Emergency Nursing Ltd.
5 Glenwood Drive
Glenwood NSW 2768
Phone: +61 02 9629 8688
Fax: +61 2 9629 8488

Refund Policy

  • Participants are not eligible for a refund once the manuals have been posted.
  • Participants are not eligible for a refund for failure to attend the nominated course.

Special circumstances and course transfer may be considered on application to the Executive Director and must be received in writing before the course date.

For more information, contact us

"Striving for Excellence in Emergency Nursing Practice"