Intensive care nursing


As an intensive care nurse, you’ll care for patients with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare problems. With our postgraduate intensive care course, you’ll develop the skills to anticipate and rapidly respond to changes in your patient’s condition.

Get work-ready

Graduate prepared to handle the contemporary challenges that intensive care nurses face with a course that responds to industry trends and demands, and learn how you can make a difference through roles in areas such as practice, education, leadership and research. You'll not only build on your sound theoretical knowledge, but our strong industry connections throughout Australia mean you'll be able to get a taste of life as an intensive care nurse while you're studying.


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

This postgraduate specialist course links theoretical content and practice, and prepares you for advanced practice, leadership and management in your specialist field. As an intensive care nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to work in advanced practice roles in and beyond ICU walls. You may work across many forms of intensive care units such as:

  • combined cardiac and intensive care units
  • critical care units
  • general intensive care units (ICUs)
  • high-dependency units
  • medical and surgical intensive care units
  • recovery rooms.

Choosing the right course

Deakin’s intensive 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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The course has allowed me to work as a critical care nurse and has opened up doors for education, preceptorship and opportunities.

Emma-Rose Schroder

Masters of Advanced Nursing (Intensive 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 with us

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery hosts the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS). QPS research activities contribute strongly to the government’s health reform agenda, with the help of our extensive partnerships with 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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