January & July
1 Year Part-time
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.
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.
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||CARDIAC||EMERGENCY||INTENSIVE CARE||10 008 1847 COMMENCEMENT DATE||CENSUS DATE||COMPLETION DATE||INDIVIDUAL FEE*|
|277||Stress response and health breakdown||C||C||C||9 July 2018||15 October 2018||9 December 2018||Tier 1|
|281||Principles of critical care nursing||C||C||C||1 October 2018||16 October 2018||10 December 2018||Tier 1|
|067 ^||Cardiac nursing||S||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|069||Emergency nursing||S||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|070||Intensive care nursing||S||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|925||Leadership and professional practice||C||C||C||15 April 2019||29 April 2019||23 June 2019||Tier 2|
|CODE||UNIT OF STUDY||CARDIAC||EMERGENCY||INTENSIVE CARE||10 008 1948 COMMENCEMENT DATE||CENSUS DATE||COMPLETION DATE||INDIVIDUAL FEE*|
|277||Stress response and health breakdown||C||C||C||21 January 2019||4 February 2019||31 March 2019||Tier 1|
|281||Principles of critical care nursing||C||C||C||15 April 2019||29 April 2019||23 June 2019||Tier 1|
|067 ^||Cardiac nursing||S||8 July 2019||22 July 2019||15 September 2019||Tier 1|
|069||Emergency nursing||S||8 July 2019||22 July 2019||15 September 2019||Tier 1|
|070||Intensive care nursing||S||8 July 2019||22 July 2019||15 September 2019||Tier 1|
|925||Leadership and professional practice||C||C||C||30 September 2019||14 October 2019||8 December 2019||Tier 2|
|CODE||UNIT OF STUDY||CARDIAC||EMERGENCY||INTENSIVE CARE||10 008 1949 COMMENCEMENT DATE||CENSUS DATE||COMPLETION DATE||INDIVIDUAL FEE*|
|277||Stress response and health breakdown||C||C||C||8 July 2019||22 July 2019||15 September 2019||Tier 1|
|281||Principles of critical care nursing||C||C||C||30 September 2019||14 October 2019||8 December 2019||Tier 1|
|067 ^||Cardiac nursing||S||20 January 2020||3 February 2020||29 March 2020||Tier 1|
|069||Emergency nursing||S||20 January 2020||3 February 2020||29 March 2020||Tier 1|
|070||Intensive care nursing||S||20 January 2020||3 February 2020||29 March 2020||Tier 1|
|925||Leadership and professional practice||C||C||C||13 April 2020||27 April 2020||21 June 2020||Tier 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.
|Tiers||2019 Non-member price||2019 Member price (10% discount)|
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.