Course structure

Course structure

To gain the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, you must complete 50 points comprised of:

  • One core pre-requisite subject
  • Two core subjects; and
  • Three specialisation subjects.

Note: Students must successfully complete the core pre-requisite subject Applied Pathophysiology (NURS90076) before progressing to the other core subjects.

SubjectPoints
Core Pre-requisite Subject
Applied Pathophysiology 12.5

Applied Pathophysiology

This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan. It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles. Core pathophysiological concepts covered will include: cellular responses to stress; adaptation, injury and death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; infection; neoplasia; haemodynamic, genetic and immune system disorders and genetic predisposition to disease.


Detailed Information NURS90076
Type Core Pre-requisite
Core Subjects
Foundations of Critical Care Nursing 12.5

Foundations of Critical Care Nursing

This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for entry into specialist critical care services including emergency and intensive care. Students will integrate core principles explored in this subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology, to develop theoretical knowledge in the principles of patient assessment as well as scientific advances in treatment and management strategies including pharmacotherapeutics. Patient and family perspectives of acute illness and disease will be considered in the development and implementation of nursing interventions as well as inter-disciplinary care planning. Students will gain essential knowledge to plan, monitor and evaluate nursing interventions as well as the knowledge of how to recognise and respond to medical emergencies, including the patients who are at risk of clinical deterioration.


Detailed Information NURS90122
Type Core
Critical Care Nursing Practice 6.25

Critical Care Nursing Practice

In this subject, students will clinically apply the theoretical principles in Applied Pathophysiology and Critical Care Nursing 1 and 2. To support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning in specialty nursing practice. Students will learn to incorporate knowledge and evidence of psycho-social factors influencing patient outcomes to inform their clinical decision making in practice.


Detailed Information NURS90099
Type Core
Specialisations
Intensive Care Nursing 1 6.25

Intensive Care Nursing 1

This subject is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge for specialty practice in intensive care. Students will extend their knowledge from Applied Pathophysiology and Foundations in Critical Care Nursing to understand acute and complex illnesses and disease in patients who are critically ill requiring high-technology care management. As well as students gaining essential knowledge to assess, plan, manage and evaluate interventions, students will also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of patient and family perspectives of illness and disease.


Detailed Information NURS90126
Type Specialisation
Intensive Care Nursing 2 6.25

Intensive Care Nursing 2

This subject is designed to extend students’ knowledge from the subject Intensive Care Nursing 1 for speciality practice. In this subject, students will continue to understand acute and complex illnesses and disease in patients who are critically ill requiring high-technology care management. As well as students gaining essential knowledge to assess, plan, manage and evaluate interventions, students will also continue to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of patient and family perspectives of illness and disease.


Detailed Information NURS90127
Type Specialisation
Intensive Care Nursing Practice 6.25

Intensive Care Nursing Practice

In this subject, students will clinically apply the theoretical principles from this subject and subjects, Applied Pathophysiology, Foundations of Critical Care Nursing and Intensive Care Nursing 1. Students will also continue to develop the skills acquired this subject’s pre-requisite, Critical Care Nursing Practice to continue to support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning for patients requiring intensive care. Students will also learn to incorporate knowledge and evidence of psycho-social factors influencing patients’ outcomes to inform their clinical decision making in practice.


Detailed Information NURS90128
Type Specialisation

Workload

The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15-19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

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