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C11118v4 Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (GradCertN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course will not have an intake in 2020.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course combines online learning with on-campus master classes to prepare registered nurses to function as expert critical care clinicians in various healthcare settings.

Students develop specialised knowledge and highly sought-after skills to progress their career (including leadership, research and teaching roles) and to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the critical care patient population.

The UTS: Health teaching team have many combined years of clinical, teaching and research experience. They are research-active and contribute to professional organisations at state and national levels. In addition, clinical experts (e.g. clinical nurse consultants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse educators and allied health professionals) contribute to teaching, ensuring that this is a highly relevant contemporary postgraduate course.

Course aims

This course builds on students' existing attributes with a specific focus on critical thinking, social and ethical accountability, Indigenous cultural respect, communication, professionalism and leadership.

Career options

Career options include specialty critical care nursing.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience may also be considered eligible.

Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the clinical area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered via on-campus study days and supported by online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at a rate of two subjects a session. The normal attendance per subject is three to four full days on campus spread over the session.

Dates for 2019 are:

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points of study, comprising four specified nursing subjects.

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD - Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital, Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital, Manly Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital), Westmead Private Hospital or North Shore Private Hospital. These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with these organisations. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from subject Specialty Clinical Practice. If students change their sub-major they may need to redo a CAP related to the new sub-major or do the subject Specialty Practice.

Course completion requirements

92919 Complex Critical Care 6cp
92918 Fundamentals of Critical Care Nursing 6cp
92713 Health Breakdown 6cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      92869 Specialty Clinical Practice6cp 
      STM90490 Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP)6cp 
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Suzy Ladanyi
Course coordinator