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Enhancing Step 2 Competency in Adult Critical Care University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This module is for adult critical care nurses currently working in critical care. It addresses the guidelines for critical care nursing as described by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum, incorporating the Critical Care National Competency Framework Step 2.


10 weeks


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What you study

The module addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients enabling you to develop your evidence-based knowledge and skills to support effective clinical decision-making. There is emphasis on safely and effectively integrating knowledge and evidence to support clinical decision-making.

How you learn

Due to restrictions on group sizes, this module for October 2020 is delivered online. You work through a mix of online interactive seminars and sessions. The sessions are based on case studies and scenarios, and encourage you as a multidisciplinary practitioner to enhance your individual learning needs, while networking and extending your knowledge and practice base. You use the University’s virtual learning environment e-learning@tees.

In the interactive sessions, you share experiences with professionals from a variety of other acute and critical care areas. You identify your own learning needs and undertake self-directed study through e-learning@tees with workbooks and pre-seminar reading.

How you are assessed

You undertake a formative self-assessed mock exam prior to your summative assessment.
Your summative assessment consists of two components:

• Component 1 (100%) is a seen scenario-based exam (after the completion of the taught sessions.) Assessment is at level 7.

• Component 2 (pass/fail) is completion of the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum National Competency Framework Step 2

You are required to complete all step 2 competencies within 6 months.

Teesside University /Darlington campus


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants require a minimum of one year’s experience in a critical care area. You must also have completed all of Step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care and you must state this on your application.

You should also have completed Transfer for Training or plan to complete it within a year.

Assessors supporting a nurse on this module should be a competent critical care nurse from your clinical area as identified by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Start date: May
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 30

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