Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

    Course overview

    • 6 months part time
    • Online
    • Available to domestic students
    • Summer Intake - December and Winter Intake - June


    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.

    International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

    Students of this course have nested study options, which means you can progress to a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Intensive Care) 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 (Intensive Care) and further your learning.