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C11118v4 Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (GradCertN)
UAC code: 940855 (Autumn semester)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Kuring-gai campus


This course is not offered to international students.

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


This course prepares registered nurses to function as critical care nurses in various health care settings.

Students develop the specialised skills and knowledge to become critical care nurses and to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the critical care patient population.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to enable registered nurses to:

  • practise safely and competently in the specialty of critical care nursing
  • synthesise specialty knowledge, skills and expertise in order to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families
  • make appropriate clinical judgments in relation to care of critically ill people
  • critically evaluate their practice and incorporate research findings and technologies when appropriate
  • develop the ability to actively contribute to the professional development of others
  • appropriately counsel and support patients and their families as they deal with their health and lifestyle adjustments
  • use research in order to make informed decisions about nursing practice.

Career options

Career options include specialty critical care nursing.

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 area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at:

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: 58-66

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 semester. The normal attendance per subject is four full days on campus spread over the semester.

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 Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

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