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Graduate Certificate

Sydney, Sydney
Our Graduate Certificate of Maternal Critical Care is designed for registered nurses and midwives seeking to extend the knowledge they've gained through maternity clinical practice and develop advanced theoretical skills in obstetrical and gynaecological critical care.
Entry Requirements

Current registration as a registered nurse or midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Duration
0.5 year full-time, 1 year part-time
Study Mode
Online, In person

Masters (Coursework)

Fremantle
Are you an experienced Registered nurse with a passion for research who wants to become a leader in the field of Acute Care? The University of Notre Dame Australia's Master of Nursing (Acute Care) will provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct advanced research.
Entry Requirements

The program is open to you if you are a Registered Nurse who has a previous degree or if you have accumulated a wealth of experience in nursing but have no degree.

English Language Requirements

You must be able to demonstrate two years of full-time secondary, vocational or tertiary level of study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the United States of America. If you do not meet these requirements you will need to sit the Academic IELTS exam and achieve a score of at least 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each sub-section (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to qualify for entry into the Master of Nursing (Critical Care). This applies to Permanent Residents and Australian citizens whose first language is not English and have not completed two years full-time academic study in Australia. IELTS results will need to be verified by the Admissions Office before an offer of a place can be made. The Admissions Office reserves the right to ask for IELTS results from any applicant. For more information, please visit www.ielts.org.

Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
Online
Graduate Satisfaction
85.80%

Certificate

Perth
The Acute Care Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice.
Duration
1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Tuition Fees
$1,100 per year / $13,302 total
Graduate Satisfaction
84.10%

Certificate

Perth
The Critical Care Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice. It is designed for registered nurses who are interested in developing greater capabilities in complex clinical decision-making.
Duration
1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Tuition Fees
$1,100 per year / $13,302 total
Graduate Satisfaction
84.10%

Short course or microcredential

Parramatta
The Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) National Immunisation Program for Healthcare Practitioners course is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (2017) and has been accredited by the ANMAC subsidiary Health Education Services Australia (HESA) to deliver this course. HESA is the National body for health education accreditation and ACN is the first institution to have its Immunisation course accredited.
Duration
Flexible, self-paced (a minimum of 21 days up to a maximum of 120 days)
Study Mode
Online

Masters (Coursework)

Casuarina, Casuarina, Sydney, Sydney
If you already hold a Bachelor's degree, the Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) enables you to become a registered nurse in as little as two years.
Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in the discipline of health, science, business or law (excluding accounting).

Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
Online, In person
Graduate Satisfaction
71.20%

Masters (Coursework)

Fremantle
Are you a practising Registered Nurse looking to improve your career prospects with a higher level of formal qualification? Then The University of Notre Dame Australia's Master of Nursing (Leadership and Management) program is the ideal option.
Entry Requirements

The program is open to you if you are a Registered Nurse who has a previous degree in Nursing or equivalent, and have a minimum of one-year relevant post-registration nursing experience.

Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
Online
Graduate Satisfaction
85.80%

Masters (Coursework)

Camperdown/Darlington
The Master of Intensive Care Nursing aims to help nurses develop their expertise and skills to deliver comprehensive care and advice to critically ill patients and their families, as well work across complex medical environments that demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to this course requires:

  • a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a credit average; or
  • a graduate diploma or graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
  • you to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas
Domestic applicants
Domestic applicants are required to have minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse, be working in intensive care nursing and provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments. Students who already hold a graduate certificate in intensive care nursing are not required to provide a statement of support.
 
International applicants
International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in intensive care nursing and have a choice of providing a statement of support from their supervisor if they wish to undertake the required clinical assessments in their home country, or else the clinical assessments can be undertaken at the Sydney Nursing School under simulated conditions.
Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$24,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
84.80%

Graduate Certificate

Camperdown/Darlington
This course aims to help nurses develop their expertise and skills to deliver comprehensive care and advice to critically ill patients and their families, as well work across complex medical environments that demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to the course requires you to:

  • hold a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification
  • be a registered nurse in Australia
  • have a minimum of one year's experience as a Registered Nurse
  • be working in an intensive care nursing environment and must provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.
Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$12,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
84.80%

Graduate Diploma

Camperdown/Darlington
This course aims to help nurses develop their expertise and skills to deliver comprehensive care and advice to critically ill patients and their families, as well work across complex medical environments that demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to this course requires:

  • a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification with a credit average; or
  • a graduate diploma or graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
  • you to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas
Domestic applicants

Domestic applicants are required to have minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse, be working in intensive care nursing and provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments. Students who already hold a graduate certificate in intensive care nursing are not required to provide a statement of support.

International applicants

International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in intensive care nursing and have a choice of providing a statement of support from their supervisor if they wish to undertake the required clinical assessments in their home country, or else the clinical assessments can be undertaken at the Sydney Nursing School under simulated conditions.

Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$24,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
84.80%

Critical Care Nursing Courses overview

Critical care nursing is designed for patients with life-threatening conditions that require constant attention. It’s a vital profession that hospitals and clinics utilise every day. Postgraduate study equips students with the specialised knowledge required to manage complex clients, including dealing with trauma, shock, multiple organ dysfunction and more.

The field began in the 1950s when the University of Southern California decided it was necessary to have nurses on hand capable of measuring critical conditions on a regular basis. It became increasingly common to see doctors and nurses gradually dedicating themselves to critical care conducted in special care units.

The field has advanced a great deal since its early decades, with sophisticated methods of measurement being plentiful. Contemporary professionals utilise an array of techniques like mechanical ventilation, hemodialysis and defibrillation for the benefit of patients in dire straits worldwide.

Is critical care nursing for me?

Critical care nursing is a high-intensity, high stress field. It’s ideally suited to persistent individuals with a strong will to help those in need. It demands a great deal of people skills, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with patients taking measurements and speaking with them. If you’re this sort of patient person with a high level of interpersonal skill, critical care nursing could be for you.

Study pathway

Postgraduate critical care nursing can be taken up to master level, with graduate certificates and diplomas being available at lower levels.

Graduate certificates are an ideal way to get a time-efficient insight into the field. They take six months of full-time study to complete, or a year part-time. The University of Sydney and similar institutions offer units in advanced health assessment, management of critical clients, foundational critical nursing practice and more. They assume applicants have prior qualifications in nursing, acting as a capstone to assist specialising in critical care.

Graduate diplomas from the likes of Curtin University and others provide an increased level of knowledge of certificates, taking one year of full-time study to complete or two years part-time. In addition to many of the units taken in graduate certificates, students can expect to learn about leadership in clinical contexts, evidence-based clinical practice and nursing science. Entry requirements tend to consist of a relevant bachelor degree, with Curtin, in particular, requiring prior completion of a relevant graduate certificate.

Master degrees allow students to either complete a dissertation or extensive coursework to better understand the field. Griffith University and other institutions offer these courses to students who already hold a bachelor of nursing or higher qualification. This is because they build heavily off prior knowledge, with units in foundational critical care practice, safety in healthcare, managing complex clients and many more dependent upon what stream is taken.

Employment options

Critical care nurses can work in a great variety of contexts, but most notably in Intensive Care Units (ICU). These are hospital departments dedicated to critical care.

The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses is an excellent place to seek mentorship and employment opportunities. It provides additional certification to its members and helps bolster their resumes. Through them, critical care nurses can work at places like Monash HealthRoyal Darwin Hospital, and Innovative Intensive Home Care nursing services. These professionals are highly employable, as their skills are always in demand.

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Concierge desk at 363 George Street

GradAustralia is rebranding to Prosple

We're thrilled to announce next month (May 2023), we'll be rebranding as Prosple! Our new name will reflect our ongoing rapid global growth and our mission to help every student get the best possible start to their career.

Why this Graduate Certificate is essential for every Breast Cancer Nurse

The choice to start my postgraduate studies with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) was an easy one. ACN is renowned for its Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing, which is delivered online in a fresh and interactive learning platform.

Taking nursing into the digital space

The Australian College of Nursing is excited to continue launching new Graduate Certificates as part of our ongoing commitment to advancing leadership in the evolving areas of nursing.

Five ways a graduate certificate can enhance your nursing career

The Australian College of Nursing is on a mission to ensure nurses are equipped for the challenges and expectations they face on the job, with access to educational, research, advocacy and leadership opportunities that will keep them highly skilled and at the cutting edge of health care delivery.