Critical care nursing


Gain the skills necessary to provide care for critically ill patients across a broad range of critical setting areas such as intensive care. With our postgraduate critical care course, you’ll develop the skills to anticipate and rapidly respond to changes in your patient’s condition.

Get work-ready

Study our Master of Advanced Nursing and have the flexibility to maintain a work, life and study balance while advancing your knowledge and skills to grow in your career. Discover the opportunities to continuously improve the quality, safety and execution of care to patients by being immersed in compulsory placements, getting you ready to succeed no matter where you choose to practice in the world.


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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Career opportunities

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.

Deakin’s course has provided me with a great foundation on which to grow my career. 'Knowledge is power', and I think the lecturers and course content have really empowered me as a clinician.

Felicity Hoodless

Master of Advanced Nursing (Critical Care)

Choosing the right course

Deakin’s critical care specialty course is undertaken at a postgraduate level through the Master of Advanced Nursing. Students can exit at either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level or may choose to continue on and complete the Master of Advanced Nursing.

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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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 with us

Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers.

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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.

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