Critical Care Nursing

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time (N/A for the Graduate Certificate) l
Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online

Courses 

Course name: Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Critical Care)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  1 year (part-time only)
SATAC code:  2GC122 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC522 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code:
This course is not available to international students

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  1 year
SATAC code: 2GD090 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GD590 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: This course is not available to international students

Course name: Master of Nursing (Critical Care)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1.5 years
SATAC code: 2CM194 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM594 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: This course is not available to international students

Overview

The Critical Care Nursing specialisation is offered in collaboration with Flinders Medical Centre and affiliated health services. It aims to facilitate students' progressive development of knowledge and skills in nursing critically ill patients and the clinical environment/s within which they are nursed.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • develop critical care knowledge, skills and competencies
  • develop critical reasoning in action skills and problem solving skills
  • analyse and critique delivery of specialist nursing care in the current health care context
  • develop and utilise evidence-based nursing research skills to plan, implement and evaluate care provision in critical care environments.

Together the clinical and theory topics ensure that students are prepared to meet the standards of specialist practice, at a beginning level, of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Students in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are required to do professional experience placement (work experience) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement. Details of these requirements.  

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma must:

  1. hold a nursing degree or equivalent qualifications, and
  2. be registered nurses, and
  3. hold a current practising certificate, and
  4. have a minimum of 1 year post-registration experience (6 months of which must be in a relevant area), and
  5. provide a completed and signed Professional Experience Placement Support form (DOCX) as evidence that their employer is willing to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumerary capacity.

Applicants for the Master of Nursing must meet the above requirements and have a minimum of two years’ post-registration experience.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Additional requirements

Students:

  • must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice
  • will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements

Immunisation and communicable diseases: requirements for clinical placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Applications

Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.

 

 

International students
Mid year entry: This course is not available to international students
Applications: This course is not available to international students
Application closing dates: This course is not available to international students

 

Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Critical Care)

Place type: Commonwealth supported 

2017: $3,172

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $10,332

This course is not available to international students
Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care)

Place type: Commonwealth supported 

2017: $6,344

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $20,664

This course is not available to international students
Master of Nursing (Critical Care)

Place type: Commonwealth supported 

2017: $6,345

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $20,664

This course is not available to international students

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.