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Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

  • Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary paediatric health care.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
1 year part-time
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, Jul

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary paediatric health care.

The course aims to cultivate excellence in the provision of nursing care to sick infants, children and young adults, within a family-focussed framework. Through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical nursing, graduates are prepared for practice as specialist paediatric nurses within multidisciplinary health care teams.

The course is designed to foster a purposeful and child-centred approach that makes a real difference to children's services and student career satisfaction. This course is aimed at those with an interest in pursuing paediatric studies from a variety of perspectives.

There are three specialist streams to meet the individual needs of students, allowing nurses within these areas to share a common body of knowledge, while also advancing their specialty knowledge and expertise. These streams are: General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency and Paediatric Intensive Care.

Entry requirements

Admission to GC 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 GC units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

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What you will learn

Completion of this course will enable the student to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the paediatric nurse within their specialty context, and benchmark against appropriate professional standards
  • analyse complex clinical problems using critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills, multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • critically evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature, to identify potential areas of practice development, and support the provision of contemporary evidence based paediatric nursing care
  • develop and utilise a variety of communication skills in order to establish effective interpersonal relationships with children, their families and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • model the skills and abilities that provide a foundation for future leadership roles, including reflective practice, knowledge sharing and a commitment to lifelong learning
  • identify and discuss the legal, ethical and cultural issues affecting paediatric patients and their families, thereby providing safe, holistic and family centred health care.

Career pathways

A Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Course structure

General Paediatrics

The aim of the general paediatric stream is to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working as generalist paediatric nurses in a variety of contexts. The focus of this stream is the holistic and family focused assessment of infants, children and adolescents using growth and development and normal anatomy and physiology as a foundation for learning. Nursing interventions that are linked with positive evidence- based clinical outcomes will be explored. The units of study in this stream offer flexibility to meet the needs of paediatric nurses working in several contexts. Students select the two core units of study and two elective units of study.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 012 2133 (January 2021 intake)
10 012 2134 (July 2021 intake)

Term 1 - CorePrinciples of Acute Paediatric Nursing (138), Tier 1 Term 2 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
  • Family and Child Health (040)*, Tier 3
  • Paediatric Pain - Assessment and Management (197), Tier 1
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
  • Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding (201), Tier 1
  • Paediatric Pain - Assessment and Management (197), Tier 1
  • Principles of Palliative Care Nursing (314), Tier 1
  • Therapeutic Communication (317), Tier 1
  • Understanding Data in Health Care (321), Tier 2
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2 *Family and Child Health (040) requires 40 hours clinical placement.

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