Course overview

This course has intakes in term 1 and term 3.

Part-time durationCore pre-requisite subjectsCore Subjects*Total course fee
6 months11$5,208                              

*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 4 per cent per annum.

Upcoming terms

Critical care nurses provide essential care to acutely ill patients and their families. It’s a specialist role that requires collaboration with the interprofessional team, so patients can receive the highest quality care when facing potentially life-threatening conditions.

The Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing expands the knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts related to critical care nursing that are required to care for patients in the critical care environment.

Drawing on current evidence-based practice in the care and management of the critically ill, this course will equip you to assess and manage seriously unwell patients. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your critical care knowledge, reasoning and problem-solving skills to analyse and plan delivery of specialist nursing care in the current healthcare context.

Offered 100% online, this flexibly delivered course will enable graduates to enhance their scope of practice as a registered nurse in accordance with either the Emergency Nursing or Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Practice Standards.

Students of this course have nested study options, which means you can progress to a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing by completing an additional 25 credit points of subjects relevant to your area of speciality practice (Emergency or Intensive Care).

Course aims

Nurses who specialise in critical care provide the necessary care to patients who are acutely and critically ill, and often experiencing complex illnesses and conditions. We’ve devised this course to provide a sound understanding of the requirements of such specialist care, with a focus on emergency and intensive care.

This course has been developed so you can enhance your professional development. It provides an opportunity for you to enrol into the Graduate Certificate of Critical Care Nursing and further your learning.

Who the course is for

This course has been designed specifically for:

  • Division 1 Registered Nurses with AHPRA or equivalent registration with an international health practitioner regulation agency.

Career outcomes

Working in critical care nursing has become a specialisation that is popular within the broader nursing industry. While the role can be emotionally demanding, it’s also highly rewarding and offers a range of opportunities across a variety of hospital settings.

Critical care nurses work in areas such as intensive care, and nurse acutely and critically ill patients of all ages and diagnoses, often on a one-on-one basis. They integrate new technological equipment (monitors and ventilators etc) into care in settings such as high dependency units, intensive care units, emergency departments or retrieval services.

Being a critical care nurse requires highly-developed assessment skills and knowledge to manage seriously ill patients who are often in a dynamic and unstable condition. You need an understanding mind, quick thinking and advanced skills. Critical care nurses also work closely with all members of the critical care team in healthcare delivery and the provision of emotional support to patients as well as their family and friends.

The Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing can be undertaken while completing a specialty practice program that aims to facilitate transition or introduction to critical care nursing within your health service.

What you will learn

The Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing draws on scientific knowledge and evidence-based research to develop skills in critical care nursing. The course focuses on comprehension, analysis and problem-solving skills.

Who you will learn from

Your online learning will be enriched by the extensive knowledge of academics who are experts in the principles and practice of critical care nursing. You can expect regular real-time sessions with your academic instructors, which will give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas and learnings.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Rebecca Jarden, Academic Coordinator – Graduate Certificate in Critical Care (Intensive Care)

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  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
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