Registered Nurse - Critical Care Nursing - 871

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Online
Nursing Students
Overview

Critical Care Nurses provide care to patients that are in critical condition. As a highly specialized role within a hospital, knowledge of a critical care nurse ranges from neuroscience to cardiovascular care, respiratory care and more.

Designed for RNs and RPNs looking to prepare for a career in a critical care setting, or those currently employed in a critical care setting who wish to improve their knowledge and skills, this program combines both theory and hands-on practice to prepare you to function effectively in a critical care setting.

This program will also help prepare you for the CNA Critical Care Nursing Certification Examination (opens new window).

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

The program's 6 theory courses, offered online, examine such topics as:

  • Current trends in critical care nursing
  • The importance of reflective practice
  • The rationale for completing head to toe assessments of the various systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal and gastrointestinal)
  • Anatomy and physiology of each system and the critical conditions that can affect each system, including the treatments and nursing interventions related to the care of the critically ill client and family.
 
Program Length ~ 2 years

Cost

** fees as of Fall 2018 and subject to change

Theory Courses: $376.65 each; Clinicals: $202.56 each, (GI/GU is $67.52)

Intakes Fall, Winter
Application Process Register online, by mail/fax or at The Square (opens new window)

Preclinical / Clinical Information

 

Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

There are 4 clinical placements which are to be completed upon successful completion of the corresponding theory module.  Clinical experiences are negotiated by Mohawk College with appropriate clinical settings based on the stated objectives of the module, the student's identified needs, availability of clinical sites, and the student's work schedule. Please see the program of studies tab for more information. 

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Proof of current RN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

There are a number of ways to register. Visit our how to register page for more information. Clinical courses are designated (SA) and thus departmental approval is required for registration with proof of admission requirements.

Specialization in Critical Care Nursing increases the opportunity for employment in critical care areas such as Adult ICUs or Emergency rooms, step down units, and in some instances, post-operative care areas.

The Critical Care Nursing Certificate Program will also prepare the nurse for the CNA Critical Care Nursing Certification Examination.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This Clinical Placement with a Preceptor will give the student an opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills learned in the Respiratory module. The preceptor will retain responsibility for care of the patient.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10001 and HLTH10223 or NRSG10100 and HLTH10223
Course description: This Clinical Placement with a Preceptor will give the student an opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills learned in the Cardiovascular module. The preceptor will retain responsibility for care of the patient.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10002 and HLTH10223
Course description: This Clinical Placement with a Preceptor will give the student an opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills learned in the Neurosciences module. The preceptor will retain responsibility for care of the patient.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10003 and HLTH10223
Course description: This Clinical Placement with a Preceptor will give the student an opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills learned in the GI/GU module. The preceptor will retain responsibility for care of the patient.
Credits: 0
Prerequisites: NRSG10004 and HLTH10223
Course description: The focus of this course includes the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system so that abnormalities and treatments may be identified, cardiac assessment identifying heart disease, heart failure, ventricular valve disease, cardiogenic shock and cardiomyopathies and nursing interventions related to the care of the client.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10036 or NRSG10099
Course description: Examine the major neuromuscular problems that result in admission to a critical care setting and implementation of nursing processes for them.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10036 or NRSG10099
Course description: Learn to care for patients with gastrointestinal and urinary problems requiring critical care including fluid and electrolyte balance.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10036 or NRSG10099
Course description: Develop prerequisite skills for acquiring knowledge related to critical care issues from biologic, behaviour, social and nursing domains. A prerequisite/corequisite course for other critical care modules.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10036
Course description: Learn to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care in critical care setting for patients with respiratory difficulty, using enhanced knowledge of pathopsychological processes.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10036 or NRSG10099
Equivalents: NRSG10001
Course description: Learn to understand and support special needs populations (e.g. pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric and transplant) in the critical care setting. Develop skill in critically appraising research that supports nursing practice.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10036 or NRSG10099
Equivalents: NRSG10035
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the critical care team members roles, medical directives, reflective practice, crisis management, burnout ethics, informed consent, DNR, organ donation education patients and families, patient safety principles of adult education, physical assessment, triage, trauma, multi-system failure, burns infection, conflict management, change management, interpersonal relations, palliation, pain and legal issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care provided to patients with respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological or GI/GU difficulty using enhanced knowledge of pathopsychological processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pulmonary anatomy and physiology, pulmonary assessment, pulmonary diagnostic studies, pulmonary injuries, treatments and nursing care, lung cancer and thoracic surgery, emergency airway management, O2 therapy, mechanical ventilation, positive pressure ventilation, invasive mechanical ventilation, nursing care of ventilated patients, weaning extubation and adjuctive therapies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, electrophysiology of the heart, ECG analysis including purpose and function, components of ECG complex and significance of abnormal waves, normal sinus rhythm, the various arrhythmias, causes and treatments, familiarity with pacemakers, understanding of hypertensional aortic aneurysm and coronary artery disease, treatments and nursing care, familiarity with ventricular valvular heart disease, cardiac infection, heart failure, cardiogenic shock, cardiac surgery (pre and post op care) and hemodynamic monitoring and cardiac output measurement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major neuromuscular problems including anatomy and physiology of the brain, types of head injuries, treatments and nursing care, cerebral vascular diseases and classifications, neurological deficits, treatments and nursing care. Understand the A&P of the spine , causes of spinal cord injuries, the importance of neurological assessment including the application of the Glascow Coma scale including assessment of motor and sensory function and appropriate nursing measures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the GI/GU systems and understanding of fluid and electrolyte balance, abdominal assessment, GI diagnostic procedures, disorders and treatments, hypovolemic shock and treatment, endocrine disorders and treatments, nutrition and metabolism of the critically ill patient, renal A&P and assessment, acute renal failure and treatments, renal dialysis, septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, treatment and nursing care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the special needs population (pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric and transplant) in the critical care setting. Develop skill in critically appraising research that supports nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of critical care nursing in the critical care practicum components

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Students who have gained knowledge and skills through the work experience and have documented evidence may utilize the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process for credit for the clinical courses only. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition page for detailed information.