The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Critical Care) is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and must be registered nurses in Australia.
In addition, applicants must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience (6 months of which should be in relevant clinical area).
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature
The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Critical Care) aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in the critical care environment
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- critically analyse the concepts and theory around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a critical care setting
- apply concepts and theories around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a critical care setting
- demonstrate use of evidence-based nursing research skills to plan, implement and evaluate care provision in critical care environments
- meet the standards of specialist practice, at a beginner-level, of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Critical Care) a student must complete 18 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
NURS8740 Foundations for Responding to Clinical Deterioration Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
NURS8741 Professional Experience in Resuscitation Across the Lifespan (PEP) (4.5 units)
NURS8742 Critical Care Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8743 Critical Care Nursing Practice (PEP) (4.5 units)
Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester