We don't have a critical care class in at my school that EVERYONE takes. However, everyone does a critical care clinical rotation for 4 weeks.
AT my school we have different electives. Everyone has to take at LEAST one elective. Our elective range from family nursing, nursing history, addictions, cultural diversity issues in nursing, and a critical care elective.
I took the critical care elective this semester, we can choose to do the pediatrics focus, adult focus or we can do half of each throughout the semester if we wish. They gave us assignments to do and it was self-study and totally online. We NEVER had a lecture.
We cover topics such as the burn patient, heart failure, patients in shock, cardiac arrest, near drownings, head trauma, HIV, dealing with parents/family in the ICU areas, professionalism for nurses in ICU areas, Legal/ethical issues surrounding ICU areas,
We did not do clincals for the elective since we do a critical care rotation through our required classes. HOWEVER we did have an enrichment activity where we were required to do something pertaining to critical care or something close to it. Like I choose to shadow a NICU nurse, some people choose to follow a paramedic/EMT, some people went to see an open heart surgery, some shadowed an ER nurse, some went to see a autosopy, some went to see an organ transplant, some went to an ogran transplant meeting. Those were just some of the things my classmates and I did.
Have you thought about making a suggestion to the school? My school did not have a critical care elective for a while until someone made a suggestion and then they finally implemented the elective just a few years back.