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Available to Centura Health employees, Regis University's Critical Care certificate program provides the knowledge and skills required to build a strong foundation for entry-level into critical care nursing practice.

Critical Care Certificate

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 practice environment.

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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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 Program
  • 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.

Admissions 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.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Critical Care certificate program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 12 semester hours.

Required Courses
NR 600 Theoretical Frameworks for Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 sh)
NR 602 Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 sh)
NR 638 Foundations in Critical Care Nursing (4 sh)
NR 639 Critical Care Nursing Practicum (2 sh)

Tuition Rate

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.

Program Costs
Tuition $6,696.00
Books $500.00
Total Cost Estimate: $7,169.00

How to Apply

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  1. 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.
  2. 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).