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 and ability to respond to patients with acute illness in a range of settings. The course enhances students' capacity to critically evaluate their practice an increasingly incorporate research and technology into their clinical reasoning and practice. Students examine commonly occurring acute onset situations that require a nursing response. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles of assessing and managing patients who are deteriorating or are unstable.

The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for the diversity of patients and their families that nurses in regional and rural settings encounter.

Career Opportunities

This qualification may enhance career opportunities for registered nurses in public and private healthcare organisations in Australia and other countries.

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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

2017 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

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

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

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Certified Copies

Students must provide the following additional information:

(a) certified copy of proof of change of name if their 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.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates may be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable relevant professional experience.

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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 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall
(a) hold the AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent relevant AQF Level 7 degree; or
(b) have a nursing qualification and experience (at least equivalent to admission rule (a)) 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 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.

Advanced Standing

Students are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates may be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable relevant professional experience.

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

To qualify for the award 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
Core Units 6 cps
Listed Units 18 cps
Total 24 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

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.

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 and interprofessional 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ethical Conduct and 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 of the cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social dimensions of these issues. They practise this attribute in assignments.

Lifelong 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.

Independence and Collaboration

Nursing is, by the nature of healthcare, a team driven profession. The capacity to work effectively in nursing and interprofessional teams is an expectation at all levels and practice settings. Students will be taught, practise and be assessed on their ability to look beyond their own disciplinary background to be effective healthcare team members in a variety of learning activities and assessments across the course.

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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