Course Description

This is the first module of the Introduction to Critical Care Program, geared toward Nursing Professionals. It includes 5 hours of self-directed course content including instructional videos, a quiz and the opportunity to attend office hours with an instructor from the Faculty of Nursing to discuss your questions related to cardiovascular critical care module.

The focus of this module includes the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system so that abnormalities and treatments may be identified.

  • Differentiate normal cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to recognize signs and symptoms of atherosclerotic heart disease.
  • Analyze comprehensive health assessment data to inform clinical practice.
  • Interpret hemodynamic data obtained via hemodynamic monitoring to determine when pharmacological, surgical and/or mechanical therapy may be appropriate.
  • Use a systematic approach of ECG interpretation to identify specific arrhythmias and the significance and treatment of each arrhythmia.
  • Provide responsible, accountable, and ethical care in compliance with professional standards.
  • Respond to cardiovascular emergencies using basic and advanced cardiac life support.

Instructor will be available via e-mail to answer questions and book individual appointments, as needed. Learners will be expected to review materials and complete the quizzes to receive a grade of complete for this module.


Brightspace Requirements

  • This module is offered through D2L Brightspace. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access.
  • All module details can be accessed through Brightspace. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.
  • Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Brightspace works equally well in all modern browsers on PCs and Macs: MS Edge (recommended by IT Services for all apps), Chrome, Firefox and Safari (Mac). On mobile devices, Safari is the only supported browser on Apple iOS and Chrome is the only supported browser on Google Android. Please review the Brightspace system requirements


This module is designed for nursing professionals or senior students (Nursing or Medical) who already have a basic understanding of critical care and wish to learn more about providing care to patients in the critical care areas.

It is expected that learners will have:

  • Basic computer skills or course completion in fundamental computer applications such as Word
  • Experience working with word processing, email and web browsing
  • English language proficiency
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Section Title
Cardiovascular Critical Care Essentials
Section Schedule
Mar 04, 2024 to May 17, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Section Notes

A $25.00 withdrawal fee will be applied to all drop requests.

Self-paced modules will be available March 4, 2024. Refunds will not be issued after course materials are made available.

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