Course overview

Part-time durationCore subjectsCore selective subjectsApplications closeTeaching period startsTotal course fee
9 months*321 July, 201915 July, 2019A$10,416 

*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.

Course nomination forms due by 16 November, 2018

Pre-teaching period begins on 3 December 2018.

Upcoming terms

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.

Course aims

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.

Career outcomes

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

  • Develop clinical assessment skills

  • Evidence-based care of adult patients

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
    Ms Natasha Morris, Program Coordinator, Nursing Specialty Practice and Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice
  • Mr Nick Bridge
    Mr Nick Bridge, Subject Coordinator, Applied Pathophysiology.
  • Karen Stephens
    Karen Stephens, Clinical Nurse Educator, Eastern Health and Subject Coordinator, Nursing Speciality 1 and Nursing Practice 1.
  • Tarquin Robinson
    Tarquin Robinson, Clinical Nurse Educator, Eastern Health, Subject Coordinator for Nursing Specialty 2 (Renal) and Nursing Practice 2 (Renal).
  • Kristy Cooper
    Kristy Cooper, Subject Coordinator for Nursing Specialty 2 (Cardiorespiratory) and Nursing Practice 2 (Cardiorespiratory).

Next: see what subjects you'll be studying

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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.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
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