Critical Care Nursing

SchoolSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
DepartmentDepartment of Critical Care Nursing
DegreeM.Sc. (Master of Science).


Program Description:

Critical care nursing is the field of nursing with a focus on the utmost care of the critically ill or unstable patients. These specialists generally take care of critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation by using endotracheal intubation and vasoactive intravenous medications. Critical care nurses are also known as ICU nurses. They treat patients who are chronically ill or at the risk for deadly illnesses. ICU nurses apply their specialized knowledge to care for and maintain the life support of critically ill patients who are often on the verge of death. On a day-to-day basis a critical care nurse will commonly, "perform assessments of critical conditions, give intensive therapy and intervention, advocate for their patients, and operate/maintain life support systems, which include mechanical ventilation via endotracheal, tracheal, or naso-tracheal intubation, and titration of continuous vasoactive intravenous medications in order to maintain a mean arterial pressure that ensures adequate organ and tissue perfusion.


Critical Care Nursing is one of the most distinguished branches of nursing profession, which, by improving nursing care, management, education, ethic, and professional behavior, tries to reduce mortality and illness complications in critical care settings.



The Objectives of the program is to train proficient, knowledgeable, competent, ethically aware, and responsible professionals who would have sufficient knowledge and abilities to work confidently in their main area of expertise (care of critically ill patients) and also to give them extra abilities such as:

  1. To improve nursing knowledge and skills
  2. To give better vision and ability to deliver high standard nursing care to patients in critical care units
  3. To improve; interpersonal, group and electronic communications skills, lifelong learning, research, management, problem solving skills
  4. To improve knowledge and skills in professional manner and behavior
  5. To improve IT skills and data retrieve
  6. To improve necessary knowledge and skills in relation to management, organization, planning and training of critical care nurses
  7. To improve nursing knowledge and skills by participating in training courses and study as well as continuous self-evaluation
  8. To improve the abilities of critical thinking and problem solving General Competencies

Communication skills, interviewing, reporting, critical thinking, professionalism as well as:

  • Concepts and theories in nursing
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Research methodology in nursing
  • Statistics for nursing research

Specific Competencies and Skills (Special Qualifications)

  • To deliver skilled and evidenced-based nursing care and intervention for patients who need intensive care
  • To assess patients non-invasively and help invasive assessment of patients in critical care units
  • To interpret and analyze clinical data
  • Acquiring qualifications for conducting applied researches and employing the findings to solve nursing problems in the care of patients

Duration: 2.5 years

Admission Requirements

General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.

Specific Requiremetns:  Holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (B.Sc.) received in Iran or abroad

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved related Degree program and should be proficient in English or Persian.

Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.

Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.

Total Course Credits  

  • Prerequisite courses: 4 credits
  • Core Courses: 28 credits
  • Dissertation: 4 credits
  • Total Number of Credits: 32


Program Curriculum

For access to overall structure of the course Click Here.

Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of International representative of the Department of Critical Care Nursing Tehran University of Medical Sciences through the following:

Contact Person: Dr. Khatera Silani

Tel.:  ( 98 21) 61054120 - 61054119

Email  :


Address: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tohid Square, Nosrat Street, Tehran 14197-33171, Iran

To contact the Office of International Admissions, please use the following information:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 169


Address: No. 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 1416753955, Iran



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