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|Part-time duration||Core subjects||Core selective subjects||Applications close||Teaching period starts||Total course fee|
|9 months*||3||2||25 June, 2017||16 July, 2018||A$9,870|
*This duration is based on students commencing in Term 1. Students that commence studying in Term 3 will study two subjects in Term 3 and two subjects in Term 2 of the following year.
With a growing demand for registered nurses who are competent in the technical and highly complex field of acute care nursing, the University of Melbourne has developed the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. Students can choose to focus on cardiorespiratory or renal nursing.
This course is delivered online by leading experts in the nursing field. You will gain highly sought-after clinical knowledge and develop practical skills by undertaking workplace clinical assessments at your hospital.
The course is based on the latest evidence and best practice guidelines, leading to high quality care for patients. On completion, graduates will be able to deliver patient care with confidence, gaining professional and industry recognition for your specialty practice.
As a graduate of this course, you’ll be eligible for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice. You can also choose to exit the course with a Specialist Certificate in Nursing Practice, after undertaking Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Specialty 1.
At Australia's #1 university, your online learning experience will be rich and engaging. Online study will allow you to continue your professional development while allowing you to easily fit your learning around other life commitments.
This course is available to international students, provided an overseas hospital or health service partner be willing to nominate you and support you to undertake the clinical practice component of the course. Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice provides students with an in-depth understanding of the scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice that underpins acute care nursing practice, the ability to apply critical thinking skills to complex clinical situations to individuals who are acutely ill, and lifelong skills to facilitate knowledge and skill development as a specialty nurse. Students will gain the clinical competency to demonstrate application of knowledge to patients with either cardiac and respiratory diseases, or renal conditions, depending on the subjects selected.
Who the course is for
If you are a practicing registered nurse, with one or more years’ experience, and working a minimum of 24 hours a week, and you are committed to enhancing your practice and being recognised and rewarded for your commitment and expertise, then this course is for you.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is designed to prepare Registered Nurses (RNs) for advanced specialty practice, increasing your capability to deliver the highest possible quality of care, as well as increasing your career potential to meet the predicted market shortage for skilled and specialised nurses. On completion, Australian RNs will be eligible for the postgraduate qualification allowance.
What you will learn
Advanced knowledge of high risk conditions and diseases
Advanced knowledge of high risk conditions
You’ll further your practical understanding of the complexity of either cardiac and respiratory disease processes or chronic kidney disease progression, depending on the subjects you select. Renal nursing covers renal replacement therapies, and interventions and supporting technical skills; cardiac and respiratory considers treatments including pharmacology. In both you will further your knowledge of symptom management, care planning, and nursing management strategies.
Develop clinical assessment skills
You’ll grow your skills in advanced patient assessment findings, including physical, emotional, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors that influence patient outcomes.
Evidence-based care of adult patients
of adult patients
You’ll gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how to meet the diverse needs of adult patients who are acutely ill.
Who you will learn from
You’ll learn from nurses and be mentored by nursing specialist experts, gaining a progressive and unparalleled educational experience. Your online study will also be enhanced by regular interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Ms Natasha Morris, Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice
- Dr Rebecca Disler, Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice
- Mr Nick Bridge, Subject Coordinator, Applied Pathophysiology.
- Karen Stephens, Clinical Nurse Educator, Eastern Health and Subject Development Coordinator, Nursing Speciality 1 and Nursing Practice 1.
Contact student support
You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Fees and payment options.
To gain the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice you must complete 50 credit points comprising of:
- Three core subjects
- Two core selective subjects.
You must choose selectives from the same area of focus, e.g. either Cardiorespiratory or Renal nursing, as the practical subject relates directly to the specialty subject.
This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.
Detailed Information NURS90076
|Nursing Speciality 1||12.5|
Nursing Specialty 1
This subject is designed to promote development of foundational theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient and family-centred care for nurses practicing in a range of acute clinical settings.
Detailed Information NURS90112
|Nursing Practice 1||6.25|
Nursing Practice 1
In this subject, students will apply the theoretical knowledge from Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Specialty 1 to support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning in nursing practice.
|Choose your focus: Core Selective Subjects (Cardiorespiratory stream)|
|Nursing Speciality 2 (Cardiorespiratory)||12.5|
Nursing Specialty 2 (Cardiorespiratory)
This subject is designed to expand the student's knowledge with regard to the high prevalence and high risk conditions encountered in patients with cardiac and respiratory diseases.
Detailed Information NURS90113
|Nursing Practice 2 (Cardiorespiratory)||6.25|
Nursing Practice 2 (Cardiorespiratory)
In this subject, students will apply the theoretical knowledge from Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Speciality 1 to support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning when caring for patients with acute and chronic cardiac and respiratory diseases. Students are able to select clinical hurdles relevant to their area of clinical practice.
|Choose your focus: Core Selective Subjects (Renal nursing stream)|
|Nursing Specialty 2 (Renal)||12.5|
Nursing Specialty 2 (Renal)
This subject is designed to expand the student's knowledge with regard to the high prevalence and high-risk conditions encountered in patients with chronic kidney disease, including patients requiring renal replacement therapies. Students will develop advanced knowledge regarding the complexity of chronic kidney disease progression, treatments (including pharmacology), symptoms and symptom management, and subsequent nursing assessments, interventions and supporting technical skills (including renal replacement therapies).
Detailed Information NURS90111
|Nursing Practice 2 (Renal)||6.25|
Nursing Practice 2 (Renal)
In this subject, students will apply the theoretical knowledge from Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Specialty 1 to support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning when caring for patients with chronic kidney disease. Students in this subject will undertake Clinical Assessment Skills to demonstrate advanced patient assessment findings, including physical, emotional, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors influencing patient outcomes to inform their clinical decision-making in practice. Students are able to select clinical hurdles relevant to their area of clinical practice, which may include renal replacement therapies.
Subjects are offered in the following terms:
Applied Pathophysiology – Term 1 and Term 3
Nursing Specialty 1 and Nursing Practice 1 – Term 2
Nursing Specialty 2 and Nursing Practice 2 (cardiorespiratory or renal) – Term 3
The estimated hours required for each subject is approximately 21 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
Discuss your subjects
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to find out more about:
- Content and learning outcomes
- Assessment requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Possible recognition of prior learning
- Exit pathways.
To apply for the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice, you are required to have:
- A Bachelor Degree (or equivalent qualification) in the discipline of nursing
- At least one (1) year documented evidence of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse working in an acute or community health care service within the preceding five years from time of application
- Current unrestricted registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency as a Division 1 Registered Nurse (domestic students only)
- Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
To be eligible for this course, you must be nominated by your hospital to support you to undertake the clinical practice component of the course. Speak with your Education Manager or Clinical Nurse Educator to confirm that your hospital is willing to support your clinical supervision.
If your hospital is not a partnering hospital, please contact our Student Support team, who will be able to assist you.
Documents required for application submission
Your Education Manager or Clinical Nurse Educator is required to complete and submit a Nomination Form on your behalf for the Nursing Practice subjects.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
Discuss your eligibility
Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice
50 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2018. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 4 per cent per annum.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Financial assistance and scholarships
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
The Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing was created by nurse Julie Sheldrake. There are two scholarships awarded for excellence in courses in post registration nursing that lead to speciality nursing practice. The scholarships will be available to students who commence in the graduate certificate course and do not receive any funding for their study via the Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) program. For more information go to: The Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
For overseas online students there are no scholarships available from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
Term Applications close Term dates Term 3, 2018 2 July 16 Jul - 16 Sep
Term Applications close Term dates Term 1, 2019 14 Jan 28 Jan - 31 Mar Term 3, 2019 1 Jul 15 Jul - 15 Sep
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To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice you must be nominated by your hospital to support you to undertake the clinical component of the course. Speak with your Education Manager or Clinical Nurse Educator to confirm that your hospital is willing to support your course enrolment.
For more information and clarification about this process, contact our Student Support team via the below enquiry form.
If you’d like to apply for the Specialist Certificate or the single subject Applied Pathophysiology, you are not required to gain support from your hospital, and can apply now. (NURS90076)
Help with application preparation and submission
A dedicated online student support consultant can help you prepare and submit your application.
Contact one of our friendly consultants to talk through:
- The selection process
- Preparing your documentation
- Using the online application system.
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