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Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

  • Graduate Certificate

The course aligns with the National Educational Framework for Cancer Nurses (EdCaN) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice in various cancer environments as well as preparing graduates for specialist cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of cancer nursing.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Duration
1 - 2 years part-time
Course Code
10 005 2034 (January 2020 intake)
Study Mode
Online
Intake Months
Feb, May, Aug, Oct
Fees
$9,240 per year / $9,240 total

About this course

Studying cancer nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of cancer nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based cancer care. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to cancer nursing.

The course aligns with the National Educational Framework for Cancer Nurses (EdCaN) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice in various cancer environments as well as preparing graduates for specialist cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of cancer nursing.

Students engage in the planning, development and evaluation of their own clinical and educational requirements to promote lifelong learning through critical analysis and reflection of their student experiences. Graduates can use their extended knowledge in clinical specialties to develop their career pathway and can go on to seek employment in various specialist cancer nursing areas and leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants or cancer nurse coordinators. The focus is on evidence based practice for the prevention, diagnosis, pathology and treatments of cancer. The continuum of care is addressed from a multidisciplinary team approach from diagnosis, primary care to include follow-up care, survivorship and palliative care. Future treatment trends and the exploration of the impact on the individual, family and community are included.

Entry requirements

Admission to Graduate Certificate courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some Graduate Certificate units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Level of Study
Bachelor

Course Structure

  • 3
    Core
    Units
  • 1
    Elective
    Units
  • 4
    Total
    Units

Study locations

Online

What you will learn

This course is designed to develop an understanding of cancer nursing with a strong clinical focus. It enables students to:

  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge base within cancer nursing for the provision and coordination of cancer care
  • develop specialist clinical practice and advance their clinical decision making skills in the assessment and management of patients with cancer
  • engage in and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients, their significant others and other members of the multidisciplinary care team
  • implement professional, educational and leadership skills to provide support for other clinicians and provide an overall contribution to the multi-disciplinary health care team
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care for patients
  • examine their ability to reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of patients with cancer and their families and carers.