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Registered Nurse Critical Care Nursing

Available at: Online


Critical care nurses are responsible for the most vulnerable patients, in the most acute care environments. Those working in critical care are expected to monitor, assess and treat critically ill patients and thus must have an in-depth knowledge base and skill level related to the conditions, treatments and environments in which these patients are cared for. This program, through online theory courses, simulation and real world clinical experience, will provide the nurse with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently care for this patient population and work efficiently and effectively in the care environments.

Students will have access to local faculty in our campus communities of Kingston, Brockville, or Cornwall.

This program is not open to International Students.

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding. 

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Career Opportunities

Critical care nursing is delivered in a range of highly technologically supported health care settings including hospital care units, post-anesthetic care units, emergency departments, catheterization labs, flight and transport care and outreach programs in hospitals as members of critical care response teams.

Program Name

Registered Nurse Critical Care Nursing

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 Semesters

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

$1850.00 tuition + $338.75 ancillary fees.
This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Level 1: Required Courses
RNCC 60 Fundamentals of Critical Nursing and Advanced Assessment
RNCC 62 Cardiovascular Concerpts in Critical Care Nursing - General
RNCC 63 Introduction to Critical Care Nursing
RNCC 76 Neurological Concepts in Critical Care Nursing
RNCC 70 Respiratory Concepts in Critical Care Nursing
RNCC 65 Renal and Endocrine Concepts in Critical Care
RNCC 66 GI/Shock Concepts in Critical Care

Level 2: Required Courses
RNCC 69 Critical Care Nusing Clinical Practicum
RNCC 74 Critical Care Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario College Diploma, Advance Diploma or Degree or Equivalent in Nursing.

    Proof of active unrestricted registration as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario is required prior to enrollment in the final clinical courses. Current experience in acute care is recommended.

    You must provide your CNO registered number prior to enrollment in the clinical course, by email to


    Health Requirements

    CPR Level C - HCP

    Clear CPIC including vulnerable sector

    Up to date immunizations. Please contact for detailed requirements or any questions you may have.


    Program Contact

    Katherine Poser

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    Additional Information

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