This course is designed to provide entry level information and education on the care of the acute and critically ill adult. Course content includes in-depth pathophysiology, hemodynamics, pharmacology, and nursing interventions required for the safe and effective care of this special population of patients. Also discussed are quality improvement measures, national patient safety goals, disease specific certifications, and evidence based practice initiatives utilized in the care of this population. It is expected that participants in this course relate information learned back to their care of patients at the bedside.