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Critical Care Nursing, Advanced Nursing Practice
- Critical Care Nursing Major (MSc Advanced Nursing Practice)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Develop advanced knowledge and clinical proficiency in nursing critically ill patients, and conduct research under the guidance of experienced staff.
Highly ranked course
Curtin is ranked first in Western Australia, and in the top 50 in the world, for nursing.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
This course is intended for students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent.
The course is designed to provide the theoretical foundations of nursing science, together with the clinical knowledge and skills associated with your chosen stream. It focuses on the development of clinical leadership, promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practice, offering you further clinical skills and an opportunity to extend your career options. A significant component of the course is conducted in a health care institution.
This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.
This major sits within the degree Master of Science (Advanced Nursing Practice). To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Advanced Nursing Practice). In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
- The first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university, Curtin's School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
- Our teaching staff are highly qualified, both academically and professionally.
- The School ensures its leading position in nursing education through industry partnerships integrated with its teaching and research programs.
Many graduates achieve promotional positions in the clinical field such as clinical nurse and clinical nurse specialist.
What you'll learn
- analyse critically, and evaluate advanced concepts of specialty nursing practice; integrate expert knowledge and integrated understanding to demonstrate competency at a level in accordance with specialty competency standards
- critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual for effective clinical decision making; recognise own abilities and level of professional competence
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making in specialty practice
- integrate advanced communication skills within a legal and ethical framework related to complex clinical issues in area of specialty; interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- effectively anticipate, plan for and use complex technology applications relevant to specialty practice
- integrate autonomous, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a lifelong learner in specialty practice; participate in research and critically appraise research findings and incorporate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
- critically appraise, evaluate and incorporate national and global health issues and strategic health care directions into specialty nursing practice
- incorporate culturally aware and respectful specialty care to multicultural groups and indigenous communities
- incorporate advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and judgment, including advanced leadership and autonomy into specialty practice; work professionally in specialty practice demonstrating expert judgement, leadership and independence as a nurse in area of specialty; act as an experienced positive role model to peers and other members of the healthcare team
A Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent with a course weighted average of 70 or equivalent.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Other requirements and notes for this course
These courses can only be undertaken on a part-time basis. It is recommended students undertake 1-2 units of study per semester.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Science (Advanced Nursing Practice) degree for indicative fees.
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- Last updated on: February 12, 2021