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Critical Care Nursing Advanced (Level 3 ICU)

Certificate of Accomplishment | ICD3

Program Overview

The Critical Nursing Advanced Certificate (ICU Level 3) program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) seeking to advance their practice in critical care nursing. Critical Care Services Ontario Definition Level 3 units are capable of providing the highest level of service to meet the needs of patients who require advanced or prolonged respiratory support - including invasive ventilator support - or basic respiratory support together with the support of more than one organ system. Completion of the certificate includes a clinical placement.

If you are from a hospital looking to sponsor your staff into this program, please email

Admission Requirements

  • registered nurse (RN)
  • successful completion of Critical Care Nursing Introductory Certificate (ICU Level 2)
  • to apply to this certificate program please select Next Steps below

Academic Partnership with Canadian Nurses Association

Canadian Nurses Association

Next Steps

Certificate Pathway

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Quick-Look Availability Scheduler

Use the Quick-Look Availability Scheduler to see available courses in a calendar view and plan towards achieving your certificate.

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Course Name 2023/2024 Academic Year 2024/2025 Academic Year
Compulsory Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
CORN 511: Cardiology Nursing - Level 2
RNCC 502: Hemodynamic Monitoring of the Critically Ill Patient
RNCC 505: Integrated ICU Concepts
RNCC 515: Advanced ICU: Clinical Practicum

Compulsory Courses

CORN 511 Cardiology Nursing - Level 2
  Start Date: October 2023, January 2024, February 2024  
This course is designed to provide the nurse with the comprehensive knowledge and skill required for accurate analysis of the 12 Lead ECG to guide effective nursing and inter-professional care for clients experiencing disorders from the spectrum of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), as well as common imitators of Myocardial Infarction. National guidelines that direct emergency management, percutaneous cardiac interventions, and cardiac pharmacology for ACS disorders are examined. To successfully meet all course learning objectives, students will be required to engage in both independent and collaborative group learning activities on a consistent basis.


RNCC 502 Hemodynamic Monitoring of the Critically Ill Patient
  Start Date: January 2024  
This course examines comprehensive nursing care of the high-risk, critically ill patient. Topics of emphasis will include hemodynamic monitoring and waveform analysis, the hemodynamically compromised patient, treatment modalities and evaluation of the shock syndromes. Opportunity will be provided to critically analyze complex case studies. A review of current literature in critical care will assist students with integrating theory into practice.


RNCC 505 Integrated ICU Concepts
The advanced concepts critical care course focuses on advanced neuroscience and respiratory nursing concepts. It is designed to prepare registered nurses for critical care practice. Course objectives build on entry-to-practice knowledge, including the specialized care of clients with or at risk for developing nervous system or and/or respiratory dysfunction along the continuum of care. Upon successful completion, the students will start to develop critical reasoning skills to identify actual or potential life-threatening alterations in neurological and respiratory functions. Evidence-informed data will be utilized to develop client and family-centered nursing interventions. Learning Objectives are taken from the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) competency standards


RNCC 515 Advanced ICU: Clinical Practicum
  Start Date: September 2023, January 2024  

This clinical component provides the student to participate in caring for critically ill patients in a variety of intensive care settings. Students will have an opportunity to examine and critically analyze issues affecting critical care nursing by integrating knowledge and clinical skills practice. Client safety, interprofessional practice, and advanced communication and problem solving competencies will be required of the student in this course.

The Level 3 ICU Nursing clinical is 96 hours and must be completed within a 3-month term. Nurses are required to do two shifts weekly following their preceptor's schedule

Start your clinical placement application process by completing this Clinical Placement Request Form. You will also need to upload a complete HSPnet consent form found here: Form

Here is the link for Health Clearance requirements Health Clearance which may take three months for you to complete. Once your Health Clearance is completed you may register for the clinical course.


Contact Us

Humber Continuous Professional Learning Health Sciences & Wellness
416.675.6622 ext. 4554

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