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Acute Care Nursing

Graduate certificate

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

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
  • Duration
    1 year part-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

9 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Acute Care Nursing at Curtin?

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.



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
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 & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
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Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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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

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

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