Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

      Where will this take me?


      Who this course is for

      Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a critical care work environment.

      Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Critical Care Nursing Practice), and the employing hospital must be equipped to support the student to complete their studies.

      International nurses with a working visa who meet the course entry requirements are also eligible to apply.

      Intended learning outcomes

      The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care) provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to critical care nursing.

      On completion, students should have the clinical competencies to practice critical care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

      This course will give you:

      • The ability to practice critical care: get a theoretical foundation for entry into specialty care nursing practice
      • Fundamental skills in critical care: learn the basis of pathologic disease, how to prioritise patient care and understand key scientific principles
      • A framework to understand critical care: learn more about systemic pathology of organ systems, management of the critically ill and multi-disciplinary care planning
      • Skills to plan, manage and monitor: apply scientific principles and research evidence to identify signs and symptoms, clinical deterioration and life threatening symptoms
      • Supervised training put knowledge, theory and the latest education into practice with supervised assessment, monitoring and care planning
      • An understanding of psycho-social factors: learn how these factors influence patient outcomes and inform clinical decision making.

      Further Study

      Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice will meet the entry requirements for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.