Intensive care nursing


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

Explore your study options

Graduate ready to play a leading role in intensive care settings and high dependency units. Our postgraduate courses will enable you to enhance your professional judgement and make a difference in roles in practice, management, education and research. Deakin’s strong industry connections throughout Australia mean you’ll be able to experience intensive care nursing while you study.


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.

Choose an intensive care nursing degree that will get you work ready

At Deakin there’s a clear connection between what you study and what lies ahead in your career. You’ll learn through valuable practical experiences, benefitting from our partnerships and research centres.

Benefit from partnerships

The school has strong partnerships with Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver our specialist postgraduate degrees. You will be employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of your course.

Improve patient care

Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers. Our school is ranked 16th in the world,* and the school’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.^

How to choose the right course for you

Deakin’s intensive care courses are offered at a postgraduate level. You can study at either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma levels; or choose to specialise in intensive care as part of the Master of Advanced Clinical 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 programs. Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other nursing disciplines.

#16 in the world for nursing

Get a world-class education – we're renowned for our facilities, strong employment outcomes and teaching excellence. Graduate ready to provide high-quality patient care.

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

Postgraduate intensive care graduate

Top roles in nursing

With job growth of 12.2% projected for registered nurses and 12.1% for nurse managers by 2028,# there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Our Graduate Diploma of Intensive Care Nursing will allow you to meet that demand in a variety of roles across advanced practice, leadership, management and education including:

  • ICU nurse
  • associate or unit manager
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical nurse educator.

World-class teaching experiences

At Deakin, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to provide high-quality care for patients with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare problems.

Graduate in demand

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.

Practical experience

You'll get practical experience from the beginning of your course, to develop and consolidate knowledge and clinical skills, giving you a competitive advantage once you graduate.


*2023 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
^Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.
#Jobs and Skills Australia employment projections, May 2023 to May 2028.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

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Got a question about our intensive care nursing courses? Our expert advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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