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Intensive Care Nursing

University of Sydney

18 months
41500 AUD/year
23000 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Intensive Care Nursing program at the University of Sydney aims to assist nurses currently working in the intensive care environment to develop the expertise and skills to provide high quality patient care and become clinical leaders. 


The Intensive Care Nursing program at the University of Sydney states that intensive care nurses deliver complex care to critically ill patients, such as those experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunction due to serious illness or injury. As an intensive care nursing student, you will learn to work across complex environments that often demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions as you help patients and their families understand their illness and deliver high quality care.

During this one and a half year degree, you will be led by leading researchers as you build upon your individual clinical experience. You will learn to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest. 

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assessment and Clinical Judgement 
  • Capstone (Research)
  • Capstone (Workplace)
  • Clinical Practice and Nursing Work 
  • Complexity of Critical Illness and Injury  
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 068709A 

  • a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or 
  • an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 41500 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    23000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23000 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • Student Contribution Amount (SCA) for year 1: $3,950 (indicative only)

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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