Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Offered Cloud (online) with significant campus mode requirements through Burwood (Melbourne)

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH667

From 2012 offered to continuing students only. Students who wish to undertake this specialty course should refer to the Master of Nursing Practice (H771) for more information.

Course is under review in 2015 and may be subject to change

2015 MCR

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses to meet contemporary challenges in the specialist field of critical care nursing and to progressively build upon knowledge and skills required to comprehensively care for critically ill patients. The course responds to the demands of industry and partnership/collaborating hospitals for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills and knowledge. The course links Deakin University with existing partners and a number of other collaborating hospitals, all of which have a high demand for specialist critical care nurses.

The use of learning technologies such as CloudDeakin, teleconferencing, Blackboard Collaborate, Echo360 and iSpring mini movies will facilitate student engagement in a large proportion of the specialist units.

Team-Based Learning (TBL), a specific educational strategy that involves individual preparation, team discussions and immediate class feedback, is conducted at Burwood (Melbourne). Team-Based Learning assists students to further develop their critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills by applying recently learnt knowledge to real clinical issues.

A compulsory introductory five-day program at Burwood (Melbourne) is normally held in the second week of February.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma course, students wishing to continue studies must enrol in H771 Master of Nursing Practice. Credit will be granted for units completed in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Critical Care).

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis must have completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, and must achieve a Distinction or above for 75% of the units undertaken in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice specialty course.

Clinical practice

Students normally are employed within a collaborating hospital for a minimum of 24 hours per week to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicums may be negotiated.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units undertaken
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma course comprises eight credit points of study. These include six units of specialty study and two elective units of study. Of the six specialty units, four units are concurrently offered as the Graduate Certificate program. The two elective units of study may be selected from a comprehensive range of units currently offered in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.

Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HNN751Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment *

HNN752Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient *

HNN750Inquiry Into Critical Care Nursing Practice *

Plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HNN767Critical Care Nursing 1 *

HNN777Critical Care Nursing 2 *

HNN788Advanced Concepts in Specialty Practice *

Plus one elective unit

* Domestic students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Most classes are conducted in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferenced to other venues.