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Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

  • Graduate Certificate

Studying with ACN will help you build your career as a perioperative nurse by providing you the background skills and knowledge to provide holistic, patient-centred care during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. It promotes an in depth understanding of complex perioperative issues as they relate to patient outcomes.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
1 year part-time
Course Code
10 011 2018 (January 2020 intake)
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep
Domestic Fees
$8,920 per year / $8,920 total

About this course

The course content is designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians working in the diverse perioperative environments. The core unit of study highlights the practice and philosophy of perioperative nursing. Pre-, intra- and postoperative nursing assessment and care are explored in depth, as well as the broader aspects of legal and ethical issues associated with perioperative nursing roles.

The unique structure of our Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing allows you to tailor a qualification to your needs or interests. The course is made up of one core subject, one specialty elective and two electives. With specialty electives in anaesthetic nursing, instrument/circulating nursing and post anaesthetic recovery unit care, you can choose one or all three, allowing you to specialise in one area or giving you a broader experience.

Our team is here to support you along the way and you can always talk to one of our staff to choose your pathway.

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

Study locations


What you will learn

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  • reflect upon and benchmark against professional competency standards and practice guidelines developed by ACORN
  • apply knowledge and understanding of legislation, professional and ethical standards and health care policies within the contemporary perioperative environment
  • formulate an advanced knowledge base to promote the safe and comprehensive provision and coordination of evidence based care within the contemporary perioperative environment
  • critically analyse the theoretical constructs underpinning the care of the patient undergoing procedures in the perioperative environment
  • utilise leadership and management skills to create an effective clinical learning environment to enable the dissemination of knowledge and skills
  • demonstrate continuity of care and maintain effective therapeutic relationships by contributing to multidisciplinary collaboration and quality improvement in the perioperative environment.

Course structure

Core subjects: 

Specialty elective* subjects (choose one specialty elective from the following):

Elective subjects (choose two electives from the following):

*Specialty elective units can also be chosen as electives.
**Medical Imaging Nursing (243) has a pre-requisite: you must be working in a medical imaging department to choose this elective.

Disclaimer: Fees vary dependent on subject electives chosen