Program Description

Critical Care Nurses provide care to patients that are in critical condition. As a highly specialized role within a hospital, knowledge of a critical care nurse ranges from neuroscience to cardiovascular care, respiratory care and more.

Designed for RNs looking to prepare for a career in a critical care setting, or those currently employed in a critical care setting who wish to improve their knowledge and skills, this program combines both theory and hands-on practice to prepare you to function effectively in a critical care setting.

This program will help prepare you for the CNA Critical Care Nursing Certification Examination (opens new window).

Potential and in-progress students must be aware that most agencies accepting clinical/placement students require you to be fully vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines. If you are not fully immunized, it may have a significant impact on your ability to participate in clinical/field placement.

Additional Details

Admission and Registration

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Simply ensure you meet the requirements listed on the Admission Requirements webpage prior to registering.

  • Certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a current RN or graduate nurse registration with the respective provincial/territory regulator.

Interested in taking a single course? Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, the courses in this program can be taken individually.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes outline what graduates need to know, and be able to do, after they complete a program.

Review the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) program learning outcomes.


Academic Opportunities

Mohawk Pathways offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies. Students that graduate from any of the following programs are eligible to enroll in the Registered Nurse - Critical Care Nursing program:

View the pathways map (PDF) which shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices. Equivalences and/or course exemptions may apply. Prerequisite courses and/or minimum averages may be required.

Career Opportunities

Specialization in Critical Care Nursing increases the opportunity for employment in critical care areas such as Adult ICUs or Emergency rooms, step down units, and in some instances, post-operative care areas.

For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).

Next Steps

Field Placement / Clinical

Students preparing for laboratory and clinical experience should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

You MUST register for Preplacement/Clinical Service (HLTH10223), which is not part of the program of study, to complete required health clearances prior to registering for a clinical.

Frequently Asked Questions

College Resources

Program Contact

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Completion Requirement

10 Course(s)

Three professionals around a patient's bed.


This program of studies applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion email the Program Contact listed at the bottom of this page.

Click on the course names to view current availability.

A selection of courses will be offered each term. Visit our course schedule page for a tentative list of future offerings.

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