Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing is designed for registered nurses currently working in the intensive care environment. This course is intended to assist registered nurses working in this area to become clinical leaders. Students' individual clinical experience is integrated with relevant evidence to produce information that can be used to inform the clinical practice of others. Registered nurse working in the intensive care environment are expected to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires the application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. The course will provide students with the specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to this challenging group of patients. Students may choose to complete the graduate certificate, or use it as a pathway to the graduate diploma or master’s degree in this discipline.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Further course information
The Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing may be completed over one year part-time. Students will undertake two units of study in each semester. The course consists of 24 credit points of core units of study, which include three specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses.
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. The Australian Health Workforce Advisory Committee suggests that 75% of nurses working in intensive care units should have appropriate postgraduate specialty qualifications.
Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ratio of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a minimum of five years experience as a Registered Nurse.
In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements. Applicants are required to be working in intensive care nursing environment and must provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 1 December. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please submit the following with your application:
(1) certified copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) certified copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) certified copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Statement of Support – Clinical Assessment Requirement form – available from the Faculty website - http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/course_information/specialty_courses/intensive_care/intensive_care_cert.shtml
(5) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(6) certified copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(7) certified copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(8) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
How to apply
This course is not currently available to international students.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing.
Annual review not available for Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing.
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing.