Do you want to make a difference to the care of critically ill patients? This postgraduate specialist course links theoretical content and practice, and prepares you for advanced practice, leadership and management in your specialist field. You'll be ready to work as a critical care nurse 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.
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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.
Choosing the right course
Deakin’s critical care specialty course is undertaken at a postgraduate level through the Master of Nursing Practice. Students can exit at either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level or may choose to continue on and complete the Master of Nursing Practice.
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.
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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.
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.
Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers.
Who we work with
The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver our specialist postgraduate programs.
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 through Deakin.
If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.
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