Critical Care – Transition to Specialty Practice 

Progress your career in critical care nursing.

Completion of a transition to specialty program provides a priority pathway to undertake postgraduate study and the opportunity to apply for a targeted Epworth scholarship. 

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This six-month introductory program is designed for new or existing RNs, with limited experience in critical care. This program provides nurses the opportunity to develop knowledge, confidence and skills in a critical care specialty.

Entry requirements

  • Current registered nurses with AHPRA.
  • Permanent residents or Australian citizens.
  • Completed a graduate year by the commencement of this program.


  • Permanent contract, minimum 0.6 to full time.
  • Seven study days, taught over a six month period.
  • Two intakes each year, in February and July.


Expressions of Interest open in April and October each year.


Delivered in a blended learning method, with a combination of self-directed online learning and classroom-based learning.

Professional development is assessed through the completion of clinical hurdles and academic assessments, short oral presentation, written assignment and a written exam.

Pathway to further study

This program provides a priority pathway to the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care at Deakin University.Successful program completion of the TSP is recognised by Deakin University and you are awarded one credit point towards a postgraduate diploma subject (recognition of prior learning).

Epworth can support and assist your application for the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care areas through a targeted scholarship.

Epworth locations

This program is facilitated at all acute Epworth sites:

  • Epworth Eastern (Box Hill) offers positions in Intensive Care and Cath Lab.
  • Epworth Freemasons (East Melbourne) offers positions in Intensive Care.
  • Epworth Geelong offers positions in the Emergency Department.
  • Epworth Richmond offers positions in the Emergency Department, Cardiac, Cath Lab and Intensive Care.
  • Queries

    For further information, submit an online query to the TSP Critical Care Coordinator.

    Alanna Keating, Education Manager
    Epworth Richmond
    [email protected]

    Pathway to postgraduate

    Julia, NUM at Epworth Richmond ED, is passionate about the pathway to postgraduate studies.

    “At Epworth, I think there’s a real commitment to grow our own and develop our staff."

    “The critical care program takes you to that next level, from being competent in managing patients on the ward to understanding and anticipating what to do. It prepares you for postgraduate studies."

    “Many of our nurses may take a break from studying and don't go straight into a postgraduate course. The transition program helps prepare you to return to study, helping you practise good study habits and writing assignments again."

    “I endorse pursuing postgraduate studies. It not only ensures you remain high demand for your skills but it also enables you to work with the most acute patients.”