Critical Care Certificate Program Overview
The program offers a certificate as an
entry-level critical care nurse with both an academic and
practice curriculum, and the opportunity to apply credits to
an advanced degree should you decide to pursue a Master’s
or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The certificate program
offers rich educational opportunities taught with a variety of
learning strategies in the classroom, simulation lab and the
The goal of this certificate program is to prepare registered
nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to
provide evidence-based, quality care for the critically ill
population and to promote the growth and development
of leadership skills in clinical nursing practice.
The course content for the courses
is based on the following criteria:
- The two graduate level Leadership (NR600) and
Evidence-Based Practice (NR602) courses are
based on the LHSON graduate curriculum
framework, certification guidelines, scope of practice,
specialty organization competencies (NONPF,
NCC) and Essentials of Master’s Education
(American Association of Colleges of Nursing).
- The two critical care courses – Foundations in
Critical Care Nurse (NR638) and the Critical Care
Nursing Practicum (NR639) – are based on the
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Orientation and Core Curriculum and Essentials of
Master’s Education (American Association of
Colleges of Nursing).
This program is designed for the registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
who is seeking preparation as an entry-level critical care nurse.
- Registered nurse with a BSN degree with a minimum of
one year medical-surgical nursing experience
- No ICU experience or less than one year of ICU experience
- Admission to the Regis University LHSON Critical Care Certificate
- Nurses who wish to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree can enroll
in the Leadership in Health Care Systems program and apply designated
certificate courses for credit to fulfill specified degree requirements.
- GPA of 2.75 of better from an accredited BSN program
- Submission of the completed application
- One letter of recommendation from your unit manager
Upon completion of this certificate, nurses who wish to earn a Master of Science Degree in Nursing can apply and enroll in the Leadership in Health Care Systems program and apply the certificate courses toward their graduate degree. A grade of C or better must be obtained to pass each Critical Care Certificate course and to apply the credits toward the nursing graduate program.
Admission in the Critical Care Certificate Program does not guarantee acceptance in a nursing graduate program. A separate application to the graduate program is required.
Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Critical Care certificate program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 12 semester hours.
||Theoretical Frameworks for Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 sh)
||Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 sh)
||Foundations in Critical Care Nursing (4 sh)
||Critical Care Nursing Practicum (2 sh)
Tuition rate for graduate nursing courses is $620 per credit hour. Centura Health employees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount or $558 per credit hour.
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- Request one official transcript to be sent directly to Regis University from the post-secondary educational institutions where you completed your BSN degree (or equivalent). If you completed your BSN degree at Regis University, you do not need to submit official transcripts.
- Submit one recommendation form. The recommendation form provided must be used. One recommendation form must be from your current unit manager or supervisor.
There are specific requirements that you must meet to be eligible for the Certificate in Critical Care Program at Regis University.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
- Nursing baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited program.
- Grade of “C” or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
- Current and valid RN licensure in the United States.
- Minimum one year of medical surgical nursing work experience.
- Current and valid RN licensure in the United States.
All applications are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. It is to your advantage to submit your materials as soon as they are completed. Your application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted. Course size is limited. Once a course has reached its enrollment capacity, applicants are placed on a waitlist.
Submit an evaluation of foreign educational credentials from one of the agencies approved by Regis University. Approved agencies can be found at www.naces.org. Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.
If English is not your first language, you must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – minimum score of 213 on the general computer-based TOEFL. Regis University’s TOEFL code is 4656.
- ELS (English Language School) – successfully complete level 109-Academic.
Submit documentation of financial ability to pay all expenses for the course of study at Regis University and demonstrate adequate coverage for health insurance in the United States for issuance of an I-20 by the Office of the Registrar.
Regis University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
The Department of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).