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Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

  • Graduate Certificate

Key details

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

About this course

The stomal therapy role is highly specialised and multifaceted encompassing the acute care environment, outpatient setting and the community. The Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of a specialist nurse in wound, ostomy and continence management. The course aims to provide students with the theoretical foundation for application to practice, enabling the delivery of contemporary, evidence based care. There is a strong clinical focus and the compulsory professional experience placement will permit exposure to this role and allow the students to reflect and benchmark against professional practice standards.
The course also focuses on clinical leadership, fostering the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making skills.

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.

Study locations


What you will learn

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the stomal therapy nurse within their speciality context, and benchmark against appropriate professional standards
  • develop critical thinking and clinical decision making skills using multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • analyse the communication skills used to establish effective interpersonal relationships with clients, their families/carers and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • critically evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature to support the provision of contemporary evidence based nursing care
  • reflect on the social, ethical and cultural issues affecting patients and their families, thereby providing safe, holistic and person centred health care
  • examine leadership, mentoring and educational skills that contribute to a high standard of nursing care and practice development in the health care setting.

Course structure

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes 10 013 2025 (January 2020 intake)10 013 2026 (July 2020 intake)

Term 1 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2 Term 2 - CorePrinciples of Stoma Care (044)*, Tier 4 Term 3 - CoreContinence Management (045), Tier 4 Term 4 - CoreWound Management (050), Tier 2 *Principles of Stoma Care (044) requires 40 hours clinical placement.

ACN offers two intakes per year in January and July. Important dates including start and census dates can be found here.

Flexible intakes in April and October may be available, please contact our Customer Services team for further details.