University of Technology Sydney

C11331v1 Graduate Certificate in Critical Care

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


This course is offered fully online.

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
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care is an innovative, contemporary program of fully online study designed for nurses working in the Critical Care setting who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in one of healthcare’s most unique environments. Critical care nursing requires a wide range of advanced level skills and abilities to deliver safe and effective culturally capable care, whether it be in the highly controlled and technologically sophisticated realm of intensive care or the unpredictability of emergency departments and retrieval. Developed in consultation with industry stakeholders and an expert advisory panel, the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care covers content is mapped to the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia practice standards.

The critical care setting requires a unique subset of nursing skills in the provision and coordination of care for people with life-threatening conditions, injuries and complications and, to support their significant others. The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care employs a co-design approach which brings together content and learning design experts to create engaging and high-quality learning experiences ensuring that graduates develop the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to work in the critical care setting.

Students learn from experienced clinicians, educators and researchers working in the emergency and intensive care setting who are at the forefront of national and international practice improvement and policy development. The fully online study mode allows students to personalise their learning, with flexible study options

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care is designed to develop:

  • students’ understanding and application of core critical care concepts including situational awareness, clinical leadership, cultural capability and complex ethico-legal issues across a variety of problem and case-based scenarios.
  • visionary, accountable, responsive and culturally capable clinical leaders.
  • clinical judgement and reasoning which reflects relevant professional standards and guidelines.
  • the ability to synthesise evidence-based principles of quality and safety to achieve optimal health outcomes.
  • expert knowledge to foster the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians in the critical care setting and minimise its pervasive impact on their ways of knowing, being and doing.

Career options

Career options include clinical nurse specialist, education and leadership roles.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy, and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes
1.1 Identify, synthesise, evaluate and apply the best available evidence for translation into practice to achieve optimal health outcomes
1.2 Demonstrate clinical judgement and clinical reasoning that is based on evidence and reflects relevant professional codes and guidelines
1.3 Integrate critical thinking and advanced assessment skills to plan, implement and evaluate evidence based culturally capable person and family centred care
2.0 Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders
2.1 Appraise approaches for building own capacity for clinical leadership
2.2 Develop collaborative, reflexive and responsive clinical leadership that promotes safe and effective, evidence based, culturally capable person and family centred care
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities
3.1 Justify and promote social justice principles to ensure efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
3.2 Apply ethico-legal principles to the critical care environment
3.3 Demonstrate care that is informed by quality and safety principles which is socially responsible and values the diversity of people
4.0 Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations
4.1 Engage with patients, significant others and the healthcare team using a range of interpersonal and professional skills
4.2 Demonstrate respectful, empathic and person and family centred care in challenging and/or complex situations across diverse population groups
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Develop a commitment to excellence in lifelong learning and continuing professional development
5.2 Demonstrate compassionate and empathetic person-centred care which embodies relevant professional codes and standards
5.3 Practice and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and support personal and team wellbeing
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural capability which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
6.1 Advocate for, respect and value Indigenous Australians, their ways of knowing, being and doing and integrate cultural practices in the critical care setting
6.2 Demonstrate ongoing cultural capability which fosters the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians in the critical care setting
6.3 Apply a strengths-based approach in addressing issues facing Indigenous Australians

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.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

STM91574 Critical Care stream 24cp
Total 24cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

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

The Post-Graduate Nursing co-ordination team