Intensive Care Nursing

Sydney Nursing School offers the following courses in intensive care nursing:

  • Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing
  • Master of Intensive Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing

At the graduate certificate level students will be equipped to explore the complexity and uncertainty in nursing practice within a recognised specialist area. While developing discipline-specific knowledge and skills, students will also build capacity for clinical judgement and practice.

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing consists of two semesters of part-time study. Students are required to complete 24 credit points or four units of study as prescribed in the unit of study table related to this program.

Students may articulate from a graduate certificate into a master’s degree. Units studied at the graduate certificate level are, in most cases, credited towards the higher qualification.

Workload

The Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing may only be studied by domestic students in the part-time mode. Students generally undertake two units of study per semester. All units are offered in the intensive on-campus mode with students required to attend study days and undertake e-learning and independent study. Assessment consists of written assignments, clinical assessments and examinations.

Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing

At the graduate diploma level, students will be able to recognise and accommodate the impact of organisational factors and the wider clinical context on clinical judgement. Students will also be able to foster collaborative inquiry as a means of developing skills, knowledge and conceptual ability to deal with ambiguity within the complexity of practice. While developing discipline-specific knowledge and skills, students will also extend their capacity for clinical judgement and practice.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing may be completed in one year of full-time study or two years part-time study. The graduate diploma consists of 48 credit points or eight units of study as prescribed in the unit of study table related to this program.

Workload

Students generally undertake two units of study per semester. All units are offered in the intensive on-campus mode with students required to attend study days and undertake e-learning and independent study. Assessment consists of written assignments, clinical assessments and examinations.

Master of Intensive Care Nursing

At the master's level, students will be able to perform as autonomous learners capable of integrating prior learning while exploring professional contexts and the sociopolitical climate. Students will also be able to advance their capacity for clinical judgement by engaging with the complexities of practice and discipline knowledge.

Course overview

The Master of Intensive Care Nursing consists of 60 credit points or nine units of study as prescribed in the unit of study table related to this program. This may be taken over 18 months of full-time study, or two and a half years of part-time study.

Students who have completed master's level courses, except Nurse Practitioner, may meet the requirements for entry into PhD if they complete NURS5069 Research in Nursing and Healthcare and an approved research elective. In addition, students need to complete NURS5080 Capstone (Research). Prospective students interested in PhD should consult with the Director for advice about course structure.

Workload

Students generally undertake four units of study per semester full time. Students studying part time will undertake two units of study per semester. In the final semester students will undertake a 12 credit point unit of study and will study part time. All units are offered in intensive on-campus mode with students required to attend study days and undertake e-learning and independent study. Assessment consists of written assignments, clinical assessments and examinations.