Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing is an eight-month online postgraduate program that prepares Registered Nurses to give competent care to critically ill individuals and their families.

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Program name
Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing
Experiential learning
Clinical Placement
8 months
Starting month
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing is a postgraduate program delivered online that prepares Registered Nurses to provide competent care to critically ill individuals and their families.

The combined theory and clinical courses encompass the Level 1, 2 and 3 Critical Care Standards of Practice as outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

This program is delivered online over eight months and may be of interest to nurses who require a more flexible learning pace.

  • Live classes will be offered twice a week on Collaborate Live, and sessions are recorded for viewing at a later time.
  • Clinical practicum will be offered full-time in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • Students progress as a group with weekly modules and interact with classmates through Collaborate Live.
  • Faculty are available to students for extra tutorials.

Structured clinical courses provide nurses with a safe learning environment to practice critical care knowledge, skills and judgement in critical care units across the GTA.

Due to the limited number of clinical placements available, this program has a restricted number of seats open to applicants.

Experiential Learning

Clinical Placement

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice within the scope of professional, legal and ethical standards, organization policies and best practices in critical care nursing.
  2. Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients, families and/or substitute decision makers to optimize patient and family-centred critical care.
  3. 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 to plan interventions.
  4. 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.
  5. Advocate for and deliver patient and family-centred care to patients/families experiencing potential or actual life threatening illness and end-of-life situations.
  6. 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.
  7. Use evidence-based research and best practice guidelines to inform and adapt critical care nursing practice.
  8. Use strategies and available resources to respond to environmental, physical and psychosocial stressors affecting self and others in the critical care setting.
  9. Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development to enhance competence in critical care nursing.

Required Courses

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
NURS4065Critical Care Nursing - Theory and Labs
NURS4062Critical Care Nursing - General Practicum
NURS4063Critical Care Nursing - Advanced Theory
NURS4064Critical Care Nursing - Advanced Practical

Note: Due to ongoing program improvements, courses are subject to change without notice.

Your Career

Graduates of the Registered Nurse – Critical Care Nursing program are prepared to work in a variety of critical care units including:

  • medical-surgical
  • neuro-surgical
  • trauma
  • coronary
  • cardiovascular

Many hospitals have chosen our program (through sponsorship) to prepare their nurses for working in this dynamic specialty field. As a result of the current shortage of critical care nurses in Ontario, employment opportunities continue to expand.

Future Study Options


$2,294.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates

Admission Requirements

  • RN, Certificate of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation), HCP Level
  • Interview - All applicants are interviewed by telephone or in person.
  • Resumé
  • One year of medical/nursing experience in Ontario

If taking this program as a non-sponsored student (independent student), students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program.

This program is open to domestic applicants only.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at
  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination before entering field placement. Students who are unable to provide a clear medical examination result to the college will not be able to start their field placement and therefore will be unable to complete the program.

Contact Us

For more information on this program, please contact: 

Nazlin Allidina

416-415-5000, ext. 2345


Anisa Khan

416-415-5000, ext. 2860


Colleen Alleyne

416-415-5000, ext. 5824

For general information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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