Course structure

Course structure

To gain the Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, you must complete 25 points comprised of:

  • One core pre-requisite subject; and
  • One core subject.

Note: Students must successfully complete the core pre-requisite subject Applied Pathophysiology (NURS90076) before progressing to Foundations in Critical Care Nursing (NURS90122).

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 Subject
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


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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