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Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing

  • Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing is designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians whom are working or would like to work in the diverse environment offering dermatological procedures.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
10 019 2002 (January 2020 intake)
Study Mode
Online
Intake Months
Feb, May, Aug, Oct
Fees
$12,705 per year / $12,705 total

About this course

The course is designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians whom are working or would like to work in the diverse environment offering dermatological procedures. The course aims to provide nurses with an advanced knowledge of all aspects of dermatological nursing within a legal and ethical framework that reflects current best practice. To work within the specialty nurses require an advanced dermatological and pharmacological knowledge, and an appreciation of the psychological and emotional needs of the people they are treating. Students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on experience and critique dermatology practice in light of current literature and research. The course also aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership.

This postgraduate course is unique to ACN and has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association (ADNA).

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 as a registered nurse.

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

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Further details are available on Clinical Placement Information page, click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the Clinical Placement Officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Level of Study
Bachelor

Course Structure

  • 4
    Core
    Units
  • 4
    Total
    Units

Study locations

Online

What you will learn

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • apply specialist knowledge of anatomy and physiology used, to the nursing assessment and management of people undergoing dermatological treatments
  • analyse the principles of therapeutic treatments to apply to the delivery of holistic person centred care
  • develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with patients, stakeholders and the multidisciplinary team
  • critically reflect upon current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
  • explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of patients undergoing dermatological procedures
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care in the dermatology specialty.

Course structure

Core subjects:

*Foundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (311) and Advanced Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (313) require 40 hours clinical placement each.