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.

Contact for more information.

Learner Outcomes

This program is a hybrid program, consisting of:

  1. An online learning component
  2. In person (virtual) classroom component
  3. 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.

Evaluation Method

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%


Instruction Method

Hybrid Model:

Online (virtual) classes
Online self study modules
Clinical shifts (sponsoring hospital unit to provide Clinical Facilitator)


Individual Pre requisites:

  1. Valid Certificate of Competence to practice nursing in Ontario
  2. 1 year acute care nursing experience recommended
  3. A strong foundation in basic nursing anatomy and physiology
  4. Legal ability to work in Canada
  5. 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 Stefanie Lamoureux, BScN, MN,RN

    Upcoming Dates and Sample Schedule

    Upcoming dates for Critical Care Nursing Certificate Program;

    Fall 2022

    • August 29- Nov 11,2022
    • October 3- December 16,2022

    Winter 2023

    • January 9- March 24,2023
    • February 27-May 12,2023

    Spring 2023

    • April 3- June 16,2023
    • May 29- August 11,2023

    Sample Course Schedule:

    Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
     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:

    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.

    Instructions to upload proof of COVID vaccination to Self Service