Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program

Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Certificate of Achievement

Program Length: 8 weeks

Tuition: Hospital Sponsorship only

Program Code: CCNU140


The Michener Institute of Education at UHN uses a unique hybrid model in partnership with hospitals combining didactic with clinical mentorship during the 8 week program. The Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program will provide learners with the advanced knowledge, specialized skills and abilities to practice competently and safely within an acute care environment.  The innovative design integrates the clinical experience throughout 8 weeks of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning, allowing students to integrate new knowledge into their acute care practice on an ongoing basis.

The program has been built to the specifications of Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO), 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.

Please note: the program has been developed for critical care nurses working or hired into Level 2 ICUs.

This program provides Registered Nurses foundational knowledge and skills as per the program standard for Registered Nurse Critical Care Nursing programs set out by the Ministry of Colleges & Universities. This prepares nurses to be novice level 2 ICU nurses. Nurses after successful completion of the program should continue with unit/hospital-specific orientation, additional education delivered by  Nurse Educators and growth of their professional practice through experience. Our program provides generalized level 2 critical care nursing education and cannot cover every specialized clinical situation that a novice Level 2 ICU nurse (post program) may encounter. This program does not include training or knowledge for advanced critical care specialties.

As per : CCSO-Guidance Documents

Our Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program (CCNU140) is only available by contract to hospitals that will be sponsoring RNs either currently working in or newly hired to work in their acute 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 acute care nursing.
  • Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients, families and/or substitute decision makers to optimize patient and family-centered acute 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-centered 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 acute care nursing practice.
  • Use strategies and available resources to respond to environmental, physical and psychosocial stressors affecting themselves and others in the acute care setting.
  • Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development to enhance competence in acute 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.

Instruction Methods

Hybrid Model:

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


Individual Prerequisites:

  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 through partner hospital with level 2 ICU.


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)

Stefanie Lamoureux, BScN, MN, RN

Upcoming Dates: UHN

Upcoming dates for the Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program (University Health Network):

Fall 2023

  • August 21 – October 6, 2023

    Winter 2024

    • January 22 – March 8, 2024

    Spring 2024

    • April 22 – June 7, 2024

    Upcoming Dates: Hospital Partners

    Upcoming dates for the Acute Care Nursing Certificate Program (Hospital Partners):

    Fall 2023

    • August 28 – October 20, 2023
    • October 2 – November 24, 2023

    Winter 2024

    • January 15 – March 8, 2024
    • March 4 – April 26, 2024

    Spring 2024

    • April 15 – June 7, 2024
    • May 27 – July 19, 2024


    This course is not available for individual registration.

    Hospital inquiries please email: