Critical Care Nursing Certificate
Critical Care Nursing Certificate:
at a glance
Credential(s) Earned: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Certificate of Achievement
Program Length: 11 weeks
Program Code: CCNU120
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN uses a unique hybrid model in partnership with hospitals combining didactic with clinical mentorship during the 11 week program. The Critical Care Nursing program will provide learners with the advanced knowledge, specialized skills and abilities to practice competently and safely within a critical care environment. The innovative design integrates the clinical experience throughout 11 weeks of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning, allowing students to integrate new knowledge into their critical care practice on an ongoing basis.
The program has been built to the specifications of the Critical Care Services Ontario, so hospitals can access provincial funding to sponsor nurses. It also prepares candidates to challenge the Canadian Nurses Association national certification exam in critical care.
Our Critical Care Nursing Certificate Course (CCNU120) is available by contract only to hospitals that will be sponsoring RNs either currently working in or newly hired to work in their Critical Care settings.
This course is not available for individual registration.
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This program is a hybrid program, consisting of:
- An online learning component
- In person (virtual) classroom component
- A clinical placement component
Upon successful completion of the course, the Learner will be able to:
- Practice within the scope of professional, legal and ethical standards, organization policies and best practices in critical care nursing.
- Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients, families and/or substitute decision makers to optimize patient and family-centred critical care.
- Assess, analyze and monitor data for patients with complex, multi-system problems in order to anticipate early deterioration in patient’s condition, establish priorities and plan interventions.
- Plan, implement, evaluate and document specialized nursing interventions to achieve optimal patient outcomes in potential or actual life threatening illness and end-of-life situations.
- Advocate for and deliver patient and family-centred care to patients/families experiencing potential or actual life threatening illness and end-of-life situations.
- Collaborate with members of the inter-professional health care team in providing care for patients experiencing potential or actual life threatening illness and end-of-life situations to achieve continuity of care and optimal patient outcomes.
- Use evidence-based research and best practice guidelines to inform and adapt critical care nursing practice.
- Use strategies and available resources to respond to environmental, physical and psychosocial stressors affecting themselves and others in the critical care setting.
- Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development to enhance competence in critical care nursing.
Students are evaluated in this course based on their performance in clinical as well as their successful completion of each assessment.
Learners must pass both the clinical component and the classroom component assessments in order to successfully pass the course.
|Date||Component||Assessment||% of Final Grade|
|Week 3||Online||Rhythm Interpretation Test||10%|
|Week 6||Classroom||Mid Term Examination||15%|
|Week 6||Clinical||Mid Term Evaluation||Pass/Fail|
|Week 8||Clinical||Physical Assessment Evaluation||Pass/Fail|
|Week 11||Clinical||Final Evaluation||40%|
|Week 11||Classroom||Final Examination||35%|
Online (virtual) classes
Online self study modules
Clinical shifts (sponsoring hospital unit to provide Clinical Facilitator)
Individual Pre requisites:
- Valid Certificate of Competence to practice nursing in Ontario
- 1 year acute care nursing experience recommended
- A strong foundation in basic nursing anatomy and physiology
- Legal ability to work in Canada
- Sponsorship by unit manager thru partner hospital
The following textbook is recommended to support your learning in this course. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase the book. Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management, 9th Ed. Urden, Linda D., 2021
Program Coordinators: Klara Malkova, RN, MEd, CNCC(C) and Roxane Bobb-Semple, RN, CCNE, MBA (candidate)
Upcoming dates for Critical Care Nursing Certificate Program;
- January 10- March 25,2022
- February 28- May 14,2022
- April 4- June 10,2022
- May 30- August 12,2022
Sample Course Schedule:
|1||Program Orientation Virtual Class-8am-4pm||Online 8hrs CV & Rhythm Interpretation||Online 8hrs Cardiovascular & Rhythm Interpretation||8am-4pm Virtual Class -Rhythm Interpretation||Online 8hrs Cardiovascular Disorders|
|2||Online 8hrs Cardiovascular Disorders||8am-4pm Virtual Class- Cardiovascular||Online 8 hrs- CV, Hemodynamics and 12 Lead ECG||4 hrs online study and office hours||8am-4pm Virtual Class-Hemodynamics and ECG|
|Online 8hrs Respiratory||Online 8hrs Respiratory||8am-4pm Virtual class -Respiratory||4 hrs online- Resp- Mechanical Ventilation||8 hr Clinical Day- Unit Orientation|
|4||Mechanical Ventilation Lab- 4 hrs||Online 8 hrs Neuro||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus: CV||12 hr Clinical Dy- Focus: CV & Hemodynamics||Online 8hrs Neuro|
|5||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus: Resp||8am-4pm Virtual Class-Neuro||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus: Vent||8am-4pm Virtual Simulation Day||4 hrs online self study and office hours|
|6||STAT Holiday||Mid Term Exam||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus : Neuro||8am-4pm Virtual Class- Hemodynamics||Online 8hrs GI & Renal|
|7||Online 4 hours- Endocrine||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus: Hemodynamics||8am-4pm Virtual class- GI, Renal & Endocrine||8hr Clinical Day- Focus: GI & Renal||12 hr Clinical Day- Endocrine Focus & Clinical Mid Term|
|8||4 hrs online-Infection, Sepsis & Hematology||12 hr Clinical Day- Focus:Immune/Hema||8am-12 noon Virtual Class- Infection, Sepsis & Hematology||8 hr Clinical Day||12 hr Clinical Day|
|9||12 hr Clinical Day||12 hr Clinical Day||Off||12 hr Clinical Day||8 hr Clinical Day|
|10||12 hr Clinical Day||12 hr Clinical Day||12 hr Clinical Day||Off||8am-12 noon Virtual Class- Review & Case Studies|
|11||12 hr Clinical Day||12 hr Clinical Day||Off||4 hrs Online Self Study||Final Exam 3 hours|
Exam and Assessment Scheduled dates:
- Week 3- ECG Interpretation Assessment Due
- Week 6- Mid Term Exam
- Week 7- Clinical Mid Term
- Week 11- Final Exam and Final Clinical Assessment
This course is not available for individual registration.
Hospital inquiries please email: email@example.com
International Travel Notice:
If you are scheduled for a Continuing Education workshop onsite within 14 days of your return from international travel, we require you to connect with your Program Assistant. You will be required to reschedule your workshop/course until after the 14 days has passed.
COVID Vaccine Requirement:
Effective September 7th all learners, faculty and staff must provide proof of at least one-dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in any in-person learning or on-site activities. Proof of full vaccination will be required as of October 8th, 2021.