The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The course articulates with the 54-unit Master of Nursing (Acute Care) and the sequentially developed topics enable progression through the two awards.
The course is also available as an exit award from the Master of Nursing (Acute Care), subject to meeting the requirements in the Program of Study below.
Applicants must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.
In addition applicants must be registered nurses in their country of residence.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course will not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills attributes for application in a range of acute care nursing environments
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- critically analyse the concepts and theory around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a range of acute care settings
- identify and enact relevant international, national, state and territory strategic health care goals in acute care nursing environments
- apply concepts and theories around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a simulated acute care setting
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing a student must complete 18 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Core - Year 1 topics
4.5 units comprising:
NURS8740 Foundations for Responding to Clinical Deterioration Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics *
Plus 13.5 units selected from:
NURS8746 Managing High Acuity Surgical Care (4.5 units)
NURS8747 Managing High Acuity Medical Care (4.5 units)
NURS8828 Contemporary Issues in Paediatric Nursing (4.5 units)
NURS8742 Critical Care Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8760 Acute Mental Health Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8751 Dimensions of Emergency Nursing (4.5 units
Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester.
* Other option topics may be selected with the permission of the Course Coordinator.