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Advances in technology and acuity of patient needs will have the most significant impact on nurses working in the critical care environment in the 21st century.

From extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the intensive care unit to Transcather Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) in cardiology, nurses have to be aware of the influence of augmentation, a combination of human capabilities and technology, on future practice. This is also true in the multidimensional environment of the emergency department where technology can assist with assessment and diagnosis but the knowledge and experience of the specialist nurse are pivotal to patient’s outcomes.

Studying critical care nursing with ACN will provide you with the opportunity to explore the latest advances in technology and the associated nursing practice to meet the needs of the patient in the 21st Century in each of the specialty areas in the critical care environment.

Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest from ICU to emergency and cardiac nursing.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing enables students to develop specialist knowledge and skills required of a nurse in a variety of critical care areas, including coronary care, emergency departments and intensive care. This course fosters both academic and clinical competence enabling students to integrate theory into practice and further develop clinical decision making skills. Comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach is advocated to manage and support critically ill patients and their family. This course enables nurses to develop their professional autonomy and provide leadership within their chosen area of critical care nursing.

Students complete 4 units of study – 3 cores and 1 elective

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed for registered nurses wishing to further their education in the practice of critical care nursing. It enables students to:

  • Apply specialist knowledge and high levels of clinical competence in the critical care setting to facilitate patient centred care and ensure optimal clinical outcomes
  • Formulate a sound theoretical base to inform nursing practice in dynamic, complex and demanding critical care environments
  • Demonstrates the provision of comprehensive assessment and care delivery for patients with life- threatening health problems using evolved clinical judgement and skills
  • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative health research to determine evidence for critical care nursing practice
  • Analyse the nurse’s role as an integral member of the critical care team, relying on effective communication to ensure safe practice and support for other clinicians, patients and families
  • Develop leadership, mentoring and educational skills to contribute to high standard critical care practice and facilitate quality improvement in the health care setting
  • Justify and prioritise clinical decisions using evidence based data to ensure professional integrity and ethical nursing practice
  • Appraise the importance of and participate in continuous learning to remain a safe and effective critical care nurse by enhancing clinical skills and knowledge

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of study 

Type

10 008 1643

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

924

Professional practice in critical care nursing 

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose only one)

Code

Unit of study 

CardiacEmergencyIntensive Care

10 008 1744

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

277

Stress response and health breakdown

CCC

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

281

Principles of critical care nursing 

CCC

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

067

Cardiac nursing

S  

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

069

Emergency nursing

 S 

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

070

Intensive care nursing

  S

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

924

Professional practice in critical care nursing 

CCC

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

C = Core | S = Specialty Elective

Code

Unit of study 

CardiacEmergencyIntensive Care

10 008 1745

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

277

Stress response and health breakdown

CCC

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

281

Principles of critical care nursing 

CCC

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

10 December 2017

Tier 1

067

Cardiac nursing

S  

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

069

Emergency nursing

 S 

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

070

Intensive care nursing

  S

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

924

Professional practice in critical care nursing 

CCC

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

24 June 2018

Tier 1

C = Core | S = Specialty Elective

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Critical Care is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles. 

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Annesa Conte MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MHPEd, Dip App Sc Nursing, BHSc, Grad Cert Intensive Care Nursing, Cert IV TAE

Annesa coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Critical Care and teaches across courses. As a nurse educator, Annesa facilitates students learning, promotes critical thinking and problem solving in relation to patient management and care.