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Study a Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing at Curtin University
GC-ACNUR

Acute Care Nursing

Graduate certificate

Advance your skills in clinical leadership and expand your career options in acute care nursing.

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Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
  • Duration

    Duration

    1 year part-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    100
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth
Course outline

Deadlines for applying direct to Curtin

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Semester 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Semester 1, 2025

Applications now open!

6 February 2025

Course outline

Outline

Outline

The Acute Care Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice.  

Key components include:

  • the theoretical foundations of nursing science and advanced clinical knowledge and skills of acute-care nursing 
  • pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and clinical decision-making for the health management of individuals with acute health conditions 
  • pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines. 

In addition, this specialisation focuses on complex clinical decision-making, evidence-informed specialty practice, patient advocacy and holistic specialty practice. You will therefore develop skills in clinical leadership and the promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practice. 

The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only, as concurrent employment is required. We recommend that you study one or two units per semester.  

Note: This graduate certificate  is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.  

See our handbook for more information.

What you'll learn

  • analyse critically, and evaluate advanced concepts of acute care nursing practice; integrate knowledge and understanding to demonstrate competency at a level in accordance with the RN Standards for Practice
  • critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual for effective clinical decision making; recognise own abilities and level of professional competence
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making in acute care practice
  • integrate communication skills within a legal and ethical framework related to acute care clinical issues; interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to the health care team
  • effectively anticipate, plan for and use technology applications relevant to acute care practice
  • integrate autonomous, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a lifelong learner in acute care practice; participate in research and critically appraise research findings and incorporate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
  • critically appraise, evaluate and incorporate national and global health issues and strategic health care directions into acute care practice
  • incorporate culturally aware and respectful acute care to multicultural groups and indigenous communities
  • incorporate advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and judgment, including advanced leadership and autonomy into acute care practice; work professionally in acute care practice demonstrating judgement, leadership and independence as a nurse in acute care; act as an experienced positive role model to peers and other members of the healthcare team

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and registration as a comprehensive or general nurse in Division One with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Prospective applicants should have a minimum of 12 months experience in a specialist area of practice, and must be concurrently employed in an approved area, working a minimum of 18-24 hours per week.

 

Ranking and Selection Process

1. Applicants will be ranked and selected based on published entry requirements and entire academic record.

2. Applicants must provide all required documents and be assessed as eligible to be included in the ranking for an offer.

3. Meeting the minimum entry requirements and course specific prerequisites, does not guarantee selection.

4. In the event the course reaches capacity the University reserves the right not to proceed with subsequent offer rounds.

 

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:

$1,100*

Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported

$13,302*

Domestic

Domestic

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus

2026

Semester 1
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. View our application deadlines page for further information.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-ACNUR
  • Last updated on: 15 July 2024

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