Intensive Care Nursing Certification Program


This course aims to improve the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of critical care nurses in order to give high-quality care to critically ill patients and their families safely and effectively.


By completing this course successfully, participants will be able to:

Assess critically ill patients comprehensively and interpret clinical signs and symptoms correctly.

Interpret basic cardiac rhythms and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias quickly and accurately.

Use medical devices and equipment effectively in intensive care units.

Emphasize the importance of patient and family centered care in intensive care units.

Calculate medication correctly in order to achieve patient safety and quality.

Demonstrate the patient admission and discharge process correctly in order to ensure holistic care (all relevant information, technology, and patient safety issues).

Prepare a nursing care plan that includes practices, education, consultancy, and rehabilitation interventions for the patient and family in critical care units.

Implement care of the patient and family individually based on national and international standards, code of ethics, and best practices in the related field.

Perform basic and advanced life support interventions quickly and accurately.

Analyse the impact of collaborative and effective teamwork on patient, staff, and unit outcomes.

Develop an “Action Plan” in order to improve patient outcomes in the critical care unit.

Duration of the Course

The total number of hours for this course is 240 hours over a period of 30 days. It consists of 120 hours theory and 120 hours practice. Participants who complete the program successfully receive a certificate officially approved by the Ministry of Health and 240 ANCC credits.

Please contact SANERC administration with questions.


Koç University School of Nursing faculty members, medical doctors and nurses of Koç University and other educators who have experience in this field.

Educational Methods

Verbal lecture

Slide presentations and videos

Active discussion: Questions and answers

Case studies

Group work

Clinical practice

Simulation practice

Laboratory practice

Course Materials

Course materials are prepared and updated from national and international sources in the related field.

Success Criteria

Participants cannot be employed in another area / unit / center or in another job during the training program. Participation in all lessons is mandatory—only 10% absenteeism is acceptable.

Participants must be successful both in the theoretical and also in the skill practice sections of the training.

A participant who scores 75 points or more out of 100 points from the exam that includes theoretical subjects is considered successful. A participant who scored below 70 on this multiple-choice exam is considered unsuccessful and is entitled to 1 (one) more theoretical exam within a week. Participants who failed the exam should reapply to the program.

“Evaluation Form” and “Basic Practices in Intensive Care Form” are filled in by each educator in clinic. A participant who scores below 75 points in clinical practice is considered unsuccessful. Participants who failed the skill practice section of the training should reapply to the program.

The participant, who is successful in completing the training, is awarded a certificate approved by the Ministry of Health.

The participant’s achievement for the certification is determined by taking the average of the theoretical examination and evaluation in clinical practice.

The objections of the participants who object to their grades at the end of the course are finalized by the educators within 5 (five) working days at the latest.

Certification and Validity Period

The participant, who is successful in completing the training, is awarded a certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. The certificate is valid for five years.

Who Can Participate?

The nurses, midwives (nurse authorized) and paramedics who work or document that it will work in intensive care can participate in this course.

The course is limited to 30 participants. Please contact SANERC administration for the program fee.


The program is conducted at the Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center at the Koç University Health Sciences Campus. Please contact SANERC administration with questions.

Contact Information

Address: Koç University Faculty of Nursing

Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center (SANERC)
Koç University Health Sciences Campus

Davutpaşa Caddesi, No: 4

34010 Topkapı, İstanbul

Tel: +90 212 311 26 40 – 26 01- 26 03

Fax: +90 212 311 26 30



* This program is conducted in accordance with the ANCC Accreditation Standards.

Conflicts of Interest: No SANERC faculty members have any financial relationships or conflicts of interest in relation to this program.

Commercial Support: No commercial support is provided for this program.

Non-endorsement of Products: SANERC does not gain any advantage from any product sponsorship except for only officially approved products.