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PG Cert Critical Care

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Develop your healthcare practitioner knowledge and expertise and become a competent and confident critical care nurse, equipped to work in a demanding environment.

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Studying Critical Care at ARU

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Adult critical care nursing is a highly skilled role, requiring comprehensive knowledge and understanding.

If you’re a graduate healthcare practitioner aiming to progress in your career, our PG Cert Critical Care will prepare you both clinically and academically to provide the highest standards of safety and care for people who are acutely ill.

Our postgraduate course maps the recommendations of the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education and gives you a nationally recognised award accepted by healthcare provider trusts and organisations in the UK.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our PG Cert Critical Care will give you specialist knowledge and skills highly valued by healthcare managers and clinical leaders.

On graduation, you’ll have enhanced your knowledge of research and evidence-based care and be poised to take on a specialist practitioner role in the adult critical care environment.

While our course maps the recommendations of the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education, it’ll also give you graduate skills employers value such as; clinical decision making, critical evaluation of evidence, clinical management and service improvement.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with an MSc in Clinical Nursing.

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Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.

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