Critical Care Specialty Course

Are you interested in advancing your nursing career as a critical care or emergency nurse?

If you are an experienced RN with one or more years of recent nursing experience in a hospital setting and are interested in advancing your career as a specialty nurse, this program is for you!  New graduate RNs are also welcome to apply!

The Carroll College-SCL Health-Montana Region Collaborative is offering two Critical Care Specialty Courses:

  1. Introduction to Emergency Nursing (10-credits)
  2. Introduction to Intensive Care Nursing (10-credits)

The Critical Care Specialty Courses are full-time programs that require student flexibility to allow for the scheduling of approximately 24 hours/week of clinical time and will require additional estimated 12-15 hours of independent homework per week.

Fall 2018 Course Dates

  • Orientation Day
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana
  • First Intensive Weekend
    Friday-Sunday: September 14-16 to be held at Carroll College in Helena, Montana
  • Second Intensive Weekend
    Friday-Sunday: October 5-7 to be held at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana
  • Third Intensive Weekend
    Friday-Sunday: November 16-18 to be held at Carroll College in Helena, Montana
  • Final Exam/Patient Exemplar Presentations
    Saturday, December 1st to be held at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana

Course Components

  • 240 hours of hands-on clinical 1:1 with an RN preceptor in the ICU or ED (depending on if the student is accepted into the ICU or ED track)
    • All clinical hours are completed at St. Vincent's Healthcare in Billings, Montana.
    • Students will be expected to fulfill an average of 24 hours/ week of clinical as scheduled by the course syllabus.
    • Clinical days will vary to match the preceptor’s schedule and will include 12-hour clinical days, including day-shifts, night-shifts, weekend-shifts, and possibly holidays.
  • Approximately 75-80 hours of online education modules focused on either ICU (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation by AACN) or the ED (Emergency Nurses Orientation program by ENA).
    • It is recommended to have access to a personal computer and internet available.
    • Students will receive approximately 75-80 hours of continuing education credit for the completed online modules per AACN or ENA.
    • Access to either the ECCO or ENO program is included in the course tuition.
  • Approximately 80 hours of didactic classroom learning
    • Includes the three intensive weekends of lecture / simulation / case studies / skill acquisition. Two weekends will be held at Carroll College and one weekend will be held at St. Vincent’s in Billings, Montana (see scheduled dates above). Students will need to manage their own travel arrangements.
    • Additional didactic sessions may include, but are not limited to the following: an Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump class, a CRRT class and a Neurological Assessment class.

Student Requirements

The student must be a registered nurse with a current unencumbered Montana RN license and current BLS certification.

For Additional Details and Application