Critical Care Nursing

Become a specialist in caring for seriously ill patients

You will learn how to:

  • Provide coordinated scientific and evidence-based patient and family centred care
  • Make high-level judgements in a range of clinical, technical or care management functions
  • Confront unfamiliar problems and correctly interpret and understand physiological data

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Find out how the Graduate and Specialist Certificates in Critical Care Nursing can prepare you for a specialist role. Register your interest below.

Working in critical care nursing is a popular specialisation within the broader nursing industry and offers range of rewarding opportunities across a variety of hospital settings. The Graduate and Specialist Certificates in Critical Care Nursing are designed to develop your skills and knowledge, so you can provide the best care for individuals facing potentially life-threatening conditions.

Develop complex assessment skills

Offered online, these courses draw on evidence-based guidelines to enhance your clinical skills relating to acute illnesses, diseases and trauma. With a focus on emergency and intensive care these courses will prepare you for high-pressure situations and you’ll gain an advanced understanding of nursing interventions in the context of critical care.

Provide essential support

Through the Graduate and Specialist Certificates in Critical Care Nursing you’ll acquire the skills to evaluate and respond to sometimes rapidly changing situations in a patient’s health status. Graduates will have the capability to competently practice as a critical care registered nurse in accordance with either the Emergency Nursing or Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Practice Standards.

Nested pathways

Students of these courses have nested study options, which means you have alternative entry and exit pathways. For instance, if you’re a student of the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing you can choose to finish your study early and graduate instead with a Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. Or on successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Why study online with us?


Taught by highly regarded experts

Dedicated student support

Australia’s leading university

Flexibility and choice

Interactive learning environment

A network of high-achieving peers


Key dates

Term 2019 Applications close Term dates
Term 1, 2019 19 November 2018 7 January - 3 March, 2019
Term 3, 2019 1 July, 2019 15 July - 15 September, 2019

We will accept late applications until the week prior to the course commencing, however you must have been nominated by your hospital to support you to undertake the clinical component of the course. Speak with your Education Manager or Clinical Nurse Educator to confirm that your hospital is willing to support your course enrolment.

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