Course Structure

Course structure

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.

SubjectPoints
Core Subjects
Applied Pathophysiology 12.5

Applied Pathophysiology

This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.


Detailed Information NURS90076
Type Core
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
Type Core
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.


Detailed Information TBC
Type Core
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
Type Elective
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.


Detailed Information TBC
Type Elective
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
Type Elective
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.


Detailed Information TBC
Type Elective

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

Workload

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.

Entry requirements

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  • Content and learning outcomes
  • Assessment requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Possible recognition of prior learning
  • Exit pathways.

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