RN Critical Care Program

Cont. Ed: Postbasic Critical Care Program for Registered Nurses

This program is designed to enable registered nurses to acquire the necessary knowledge and practice expertise to care for clients in a critical care setting.


The Critical Care Program is delivered via distance education and includes:

1) Three core prerequisite modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology (optional). A self-assessment checklist is provided to determine learning needs.
  • Health Assessment 'bridging' module. A self-assessment checklist is provided to determine learning needs.
  • Health Promotion/Teaching & Learning Module. Evaluated with multiple choice exam.

2) Six self-learning critical care modules

3) A Laboratory Component

4) A Clinical Component: Upon successful completion of the theoretical and laboratory components of the program, a four-to-six week preceptored clinical experience in a critical care setting is required. A portion of the clinical placement has to be completed in St. Clare’s or the Health Science Centre critical care units. Students with prior critical care clinical experience may opt to complete a clinical project in their own setting.

The laboratory component, clinical experience will be evaluated using the pass/fail grading scheme.

Students will be accommodated in their own geographic region as much as possible.

Program Offering:

Students are enrolled based on demand.

Program Fees

  • Tuition fee: Contact Office

Credit Recognition

Students who successfully complete the Postbasic Critical Care Program are eligible for the following transfer credits:

Memorial University                   6 transfer credits
St. Francis Xavier University      6 transfer credits
Athabasca University                 9 transfer credits

Program Completion

This program has received full approval from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Students can complete the program at their own pace but must complete the program within one year.

Students who have successfully completed the program are awarded a certificate of completion from the Centre for Nursing Studies.

The Centre for Nursing Studies offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) as a service to students who feel they may have achieved learning through previous knowledge and experience.

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Registration Form

For further information and registration materials contact:

Centre for Nursing Studies
Continuing Nursing Studies
Southcott Hall
100 Forest Rd.
St. John's, NL
A1A 1E5
Telephone: (709) 777-8174
Toll Free: 1-888-290-6272
Fax: (709) 777-8176
E-mail: barbara.peters@mun.ca