About this course
Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
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|Award title||Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||25 credit points|
|Duration||6 months part-time|
The Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing provides students with a sound understanding of current theoretical knowledge and scientific advances that underpin care the care and management of people requiring specialist level nursing care in critical care settings, including emergency and intensive care.
Students will gain essential knowledge required to understand core concepts relating to acute illnesses, diseases and trauma in critical care services, as well as gain skills in critiquing evidence‐based guidelines for the care management of patients and their families in these critical care settings.
The course is offered wholly online, part‐time over six months.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have:
- Completed a Bachelor or Nursing (or equivalent qualification, i.e. Master of Nursing Science entry to practice); and
- Documented evidence of clinical experience in area of nursing practice within the preceding five years from the time of application; and
- Current unrestricted registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with AHPRA or equivalent registration with an international health practitioner regulation agency.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Area of speciality practice and clinical experience.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook. Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Intended learning outcomes
The Specialist Certificate in Critical Care Nursing provides students with the theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the scientific advances specific to critical care nursing, including emergency and intensive care by:
- Understand the importance of concise and timely assessments of patients including identifying potential clinical deterioration or deviation from expected outcomes
- Anticipates and identifies appropriate treatment and management strategies for a range of differentiated patients in emergency or intensive care, including interpretation and communication of patient assessment findings
- Knowledge to understand theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide patient assessment and evaluation, including pathophysiology, mechanism of injury, and pharmacotherapeutics
- Consider and understand the role of the inter-disciplinary healthcare team to guide care management, including coordinating patient admission and discharge for patients with a variety of clinical needs
- Consider and understand the importance of patient and family-centred care management that considers patients and families cultural and religious needs
- Apply a high level of problem solving skills to their area of clinical practice
- A high level of critical thinking and analytical skills
- A high level of oral and written communication skills
- Feel confident when tackling unfamiliar problems
- The ability to plan their own work
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
Leaders in community:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
The first subject in the course is NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology. After completing NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology, students undertake NURS90122 Foundations in Critical Care Nursing.
This course has two intakes per year, at the start of the year and in the middle of the year.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|NURS90122||Foundations of Critical Care Nursing||
Please Note: this course is not eligible for CRICOS or student visas. International Students may undertake this course if they are in Australia on other visas permitting study, or offshore (ie outside Australia)
Last updated: 12 November 2021