Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

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    What you will learn

    The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing draws on scientific knowledge and evidence-based research to develop skills in critical care nursing. The focus of the course is to learn to identify and understand complex physiological problems and develop and implement appropriate, safe and timely solutions.

    You will learn how to:

    • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex patient-related problems
    • Make high level, independent judgements in a range of clinical technical or care management functions
    • Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate nursing interventions within their scope of practice in the context of critical care nursing.

    Students will also learn to identify how resilience, effective communication, and patient and family education impact on the outcomes of care.

    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.

    Please note: This course is designed to be undertaken part-time over twelve months but please note if you commence study in the winter intake you will have a 6 month break after completing the first pre-requisite subject Applied Pathophysiology and recommence study in March the year after. Consequently starting this course in the winter intake will take 1.5 years to complete.

    New specialisation available

    In 2020, students can choose Intensive Care as a specialisation.

    In 2021, students can choose either Emergency or Emergency-Intensive Care as major specialisations. The subjects offered in these specialisations include:

    • Emergency Nursing 1 (6.25); Emergency Nursing 2 (6.25); and Emergency Nursing Practice (6.25), OR
    • Emergency-Intensive Care 1 (6.25); Emergency-Intensive Care 2 (6.25); and Emergency-Intensive Care Nursing Practice (6.25).


    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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