Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing at UNE?

This course provides registered nurses with an opportunity to extend their knowledge of, and ability to, undertake increasingly complex nursing activities in a range of acute care settings. These include perioperative, emergency, intensive care and coronary care nursing environments. The course enhances students' capacity to critically evaluate their practice, clinical reasoning, and incorporate research findings and technologies as appropriate. Students study topics that reflect health phenomena that are common across acute care illnesses requiring medical and/or surgical intervention, as well as the principles of assessing and managing deteriorating patients who become acutely ill and unstable.

Students learn to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the acute care patient population and are able to practise safely and competently as acute care nurses. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for the diversity of patients and their families. Students further develop skills to actively contribute to the professional development of others and use research in order to make informed clinical decisions.

Career Opportunities

This qualification may enhance career opportunities for registered nurses in acute care settings, such as critical care and perioperative environments in public and private healthcare organisations in Australian and international contexts.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 Years Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee

2015 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation GradCertACNurs
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 0.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee
Total Credit Points 24
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be currently authorised by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia to practice as a registered nurse in Australia; and

(a) hold the AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent relevant AQF Level 7 degree; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 5 three year diploma relevant to the award; or

(c) have a nursing qualification and experience (at least equivalent to admission rule (a) or (b)) relevant to the award.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Access to Inherent Requirements for this course are available using the following url http://www.une.edu.au/inherent-requirements/.

Certified Copies

Students must provide the following additional information:

(a) certified copy of proof of change of name if their registration and/or qualifications are in a name other than the name under which they are applying;

(b) certified copy of proof of English Language proficiency if their studies were taken in a language other than English; and

(c) their current nursing registration number. Students are advised that their current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC37)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing in 2015.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be currently authorised by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia to practice as a registered nurse in Australia; and
(a) hold the AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent relevant AQF Level 7 degree; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 5 three year diploma relevant to the award; or
(c) have a nursing qualification and experience (at least equivalent to admission rule (a) or (b)) relevant to the award.

Additional Requirements
Inherent Requirements

Access to Inherent Requirements for this course are available here.

Certified Copies

Students must provide the following additional information:
(a) certified copy of proof of change of name if their registration and/or qualifications are in a name other than the name under which they are applying;
(b) certified copy of proof of English Language proficiency if their studies were taken in a language other than English;
(c) their current nursing registration number. Students are advised that their current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners.

Advanced Standing

Students are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Perioperative Nursing), a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points with a minimum of 18 credit points at 400 level and a maximum of 6 credit points at 500 level.

2. To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Trauma and Critical Care Nursing), a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points with a minimum of 18 credit points at 400 level and a maximum of 6 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Specialisation
Complete ONE of the following:
24 cps
Specialisation cps  
Perioperative Nursing 24
Trauma and Critical Care Nursing 24
Total 24 cps

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements of Rule 1 shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Perioperative Nursing).
Candidates who meet the course requirements of Rule 2 shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Trauma and Critical Care Nursing).

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Student Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

The School of Health aims to create a learning environment that values practical experience, critical, reflective thinking, life-long learning, acquisition of generic attributes and professional development in the field of acute care nursing.

The course provides nurses with the knowledge to enhance safe and effective practice in specialised acute care settings.

While the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing offers specialisations in perioperative nursing, and trauma and critical care nursing they share the same learning outcomes and graduate attributes at course level.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced practice knowledge to enhance the capacity to work safely and effectively as registered nurses in specialised acute care practice settings;
  2. exhibit advanced critical thinking and reasoning, problem solving and clinical decision making skills;
  3. analyse and critique delivery of specialist nursing care in the current health care context;
  4. demonstrate, develop and utilise evidence-based research skills to plan, implement and evaluate the provision of nursing care in specialist care environments;
  5. demonstrate effective communication with people and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the context of acute illness and its effects; and
  6. generate and transmit solutions to complex client issues in a collaborative practice environment.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of the discipline is central to this course. The course provides students with an opportunity to learn core concepts in acute care nursing. These concepts will be taught through structured online learning activities, readings and interaction with unit teaching staff and peers in the online environment and will be assessed through various types of assessments such as assignments, online tests and report writing.

Communication Skills

In this course, students will develop, enhance and promote effective communication skills. These will be taught, practised and assessed in various units within the course. Students are expected to articulate knowledge in different approaches through activities such as assignment and report writing and oral discourse. Students will also participate in online discussions with different stakeholders.

Global Perspectives

The course offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a real-world context. One of the key focus areas is the appraisal of international evidence and guidance for application/integration into local practice contexts. Understanding of contemporary issues in regional and global perspectives will be demonstrated in unit assessments.

Information Literacy

Students will be taught and assessed on skills to examine, analyse and interpret data and information in acute care practice contexts. Students will acquire information through a variety of electronic databases and other sources and use this in the framework stipulated in different areas of study within the course.

Life-Long Learning

The course offers students the opportunity to develop and enhance their capacity for self-directed learning in both theoretical and practice skills in the context of acute care nursing. Students are taught and assessed on this knowledge through assignments set in the course.

Problem Solving

Problem exploration and clinical reasoning are fundamental to safe and effective clinical practice in acute care nursing. Students will be taught, practise and be assessed on the enhancement of their problem solving capabilities.

Social Responsibility

Nursing and health care by their very nature require demonstrated social responsibility skills. Students are taught the importance of acknowledging and growing their understanding the cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social dimensions of these issues. They practise this attribute in assignments.

Team Work

Teamwork is taught and observed in different units within the course. Students are encouraged to engage in group discussions, with their work colleagues and with their peers in the online environment.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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