Critical care nursing

Critical care nurses provide care for critically ill patients. Study at Deakin and you’ll be prepared for advanced-practice caring for patients with major multiple organ failure and the technologies that support failing organs.

Deakin's nursing courses: ranked in the top 25 universities in the world*

Online learning: our Master of Nursing Practice is delivered online

Career opportunities

Do you want to make a difference to the care of critically ill patients? Then a career as a critical care nurse could be for you. Work in a variety of hospital settings, including:

  • critical care units
  • cardiac units
  • emergency departments
  • high dependence nursing areas
  • intensive care units
  • urban, regional and rural units

*2017 QS World University Rankings


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Deakin’s course has provided me with a great foundation on which to grow my career. The graduate certificate equipped me with the knowledge and skills I need for the theoretical and practical components of my role. 'Knowledge is power', and I think the lecturers and course content have really empowered me as a clinician.

Felicity Hoodless

Master of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Advance your career

Our teaching approach ensures you develop skills in critical thinking, high-quality patient care delivery, teamwork and communication – all attributes highly valued in intensive and critical care units.

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course in nursing before moving on to our specialised postgraduate program. 

Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other nursing disciplines. 

Are you working or studying in this area?

Deakin’s range of postgraduate nursing specialty practice areas includes cardiac care, intensive care, emergency care, critical care and perioperative nursing and can be undertaken through the Master of Nursing Practice.

Research with us

We have a strong research culture and extensive partnerships with major healthcare providers. Our School of Nursing and Midwifery also hosts the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS), whose research activities contribute strongly to the government’s health reform agenda.


Who we work with

The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver the Master of Nursing Practice. 

Students undertaking our postgraduate courses are normally employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of the course while undertaking the theoretical learning at Deakin.

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