Critical Care Certification Information

The certificate shows that the student has undertaken a comprehensive range of classes related to care of the patient. Upon completion graduates will develop the specialized skills and knowledge to become critical care nurse, and be prepared to recognize and support the unique characteristics of the critical care patient population. Requirements for the certification include six classes in the adult critical care series listed in the course outline.

Critical Care Course Topics
Critical Care Course Days
Critical Care Course Certificate

Critical Care Course Outline

Assignments are to be read in advance of the class day they are assigned

Critical Care course is intended for the nurse entering the critical care or as a review for those already working in critical care department. The course emphases a body system approach incorporating case studies, pathophysiology of body system as well as a complete section on ventilators and hemodynamic monitoring will be included.

Day 1

Topics Covered

  • Overview
  • Responses to Critical Illness
  • Ethical / Legal Issues
  • Palliative / End-of-Life Care
  • Organ Donation
  • Comfort & Sedation
  • Nutritional Support

Day 2

Topics Covered

  • Ventilator Support
  • Respiratory Failure

Day 3

Topics Covered

  • Dysrhythmias
  • Hemodynamics
  • RRT and Code Management

Day 4

Topics Covered

  • Shock
  • Cardiovascular Alterations
  • Acute Kidney Injury

Day 5

Topics Covered

  • GI (carry over as needed)
  • Nervous System
  • Hematology & Immune
  • Endocrine (begin, may carry over)
  • Exam Review

Day 6


  • Carry over any information
  • Exam Review may be carried over
  • Surgical and Trauma
  • Burns
  • Exam after Lunch

*Class content may be altered as needed to ensure completion of content discussion. Content may be accelerated or carried over to another class. Depending on course set-up chapters may be moved to different days.

Critical Care Course Registration
Seats are limited, please register at your earliest convenience

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