Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency)

What will I study?


As a student of this course, you will:

Examine core pathophysiological concepts and scientific principles
Become qualified to enter into specialty emergency nursing practice by learning more about general and systemic pathology of organ systems. Understand the research and evidence underpinning clinical treatment and identify patients at risk of life-threatening complications.

Develop your assessment and management skills and understand immediate intervention methods
Learn to treat high-prevalence conditions, plan, manage and monitor emergency care interventions. Become familiar with interventions required to maintain patient stability including advanced life support techniques.

Be guided to confidently apply theory to practice
You will receive supported supervised training, be able to apply theory to practice, and incorporate knowledge and evidence in the planning and delivery of care.

On successful completion of the course, you will have specialised knowledge and skills and the ability to confidently apply these in the provision of critical care in emergency settings. You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the scientific and research-based evidence that underpins critical care and technical skills that align with the relevant practice standards for specialist emergency nurses
  • Assess, review and analyse patient health data to identify and explain the rationale for solutions to complex problems in emergency nursing
  • Employ effective specialised technical skills in the delivery of specialist emergency nursing care
  • Apply skills to critically appraise emergency nursing practice and to integrate relevant research evidence into effective individualised plans for people with undifferentiated illness or injury
  • Apply knowledge of human pathophysiology across the continuum of care to safely and effectively provide specialist emergency nursing care that addresses actual and potential disease and treatment related health needs
  • Conduct planning and delivery of specialist emergency nursing care that meets the specific supportive care needs and experiences of people affected by acute illness or trauma
  • Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate individualised, patient-centred, comprehensive and coordinated care in collaboration with other members of the inter-professional healthcare team to achieve desired patient outcomes

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) is a 50 credit-point clinical coursework program designed to be undertaken part-time over 12 months, delivered in a mixed-mode and through work integrated learning in supervised clinical practice at your employing hospital. You must complete:

Four or Five compulsory subjects - depending on intake and duration

Students will commence the course with a pre-requisite subject:

  • NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology  [Mode - Online; Credit Points - 12.5 points]

On successful completion of Applied Pathophysiology, students undertake:

  • NURS90122 Foundations of Critical Care Nursing [Mode - Online; Credit Points - 12.5 points]

Students then complete the following subjects:

  • NURS90148 Emergency Nursing Practice  [Mode - Offline; Credit Points - 12.5 points]
  • NURS90149 Emergency Nursing [Mode - Online; Credit Points - 12.5 points]

Students undertaking Winter Intake (12-month duration) will enrol in the below two subjects in place of NURS90148 Emergency Nursing Practice:

  • NURS90159 Emergency Nursing Practice 1  [Mode - Online; Credit Points - 6.25 points]
  • NURS90160 Emergency Nursing Practice 2 [Mode - Online; Credit Points - 6.25 points]

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