Critical Care Nursing
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ACN offers students flexible course commencement dates in January, April, July and October terms. Please contact our Customer Service team for further information.

Intakes

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

Duration

1 Year Part-time

Study mode

Online

Why study this course

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.

Course overview

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 specialty 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

CODEUNIT OF STUDY CARDIACEMERGENCYINTENSIVE CARE10 008 1847 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
277Stress response and health breakdownCCC9 July 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
281Principles of critical care nursing CCC1 October 201816 October 201810 December 2018Tier 1
067 ^Cardiac nursingS21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
069Emergency nursingS21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
070Intensive care nursingS21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceCCC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
CODEUNIT OF STUDY CARDIACEMERGENCYINTENSIVE CARE10 008 1948 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
277Stress response and health breakdownCCC21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
281Principles of critical care nursing CCC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
067 ^Cardiac nursingS8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
069Emergency nursingS8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
070Intensive care nursingS8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceCCC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 2
CODEUNIT OF STUDY CARDIACEMERGENCYINTENSIVE CARE10 008 1949 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
277Stress response and health breakdownCCC8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
281Principles of critical care nursing CCC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
067 ^Cardiac nursingS20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
069Emergency nursingS20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
070Intensive care nursingS20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceCCC13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 2

C = Core | S = Specialty Elective

^ Special considerations and/or mandatory requirements, refer to the individual unit page for further details.

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.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some PG units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

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

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Meet your Nurse Educator

Maria Baric MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MPH, BHSc, Certificate in Cardiac Nursing, Cert IV TAE

Maria coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. With extensive clinical, management and nursing education experience, Maria’s skills include designing, delivering, assessing and evaluating programs in critical care and emergency nursing.