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GC-CAHNU

Child and Adolescent Health Nursing

Graduate certificate

Become a specialist in child and adolescent healthcare to enhance the wellbeing of children and their families in the community-health context.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
    100
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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2022

Semester 2

On campus and online

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2024

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2025

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

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Outline

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The Child and Adolescent Health Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice. It is suitable for registered nurses who are interested in the design and implementation of early-intervention strategies at the individual, family and community level. 

Key components include: 

  •  child and adolescent health within the collaborative primary healthcare framework, and best practice sociocultural health support 
  •  physical and psychosocial development of children aged 0 to 18 years within family, education and community environments 
  •  applying the evidence-based community models of healthcare planning and clinical decision-making. 

Your learning will be consolidated with a clinical placement that includes interprofessional learning and collaboration. Prior to your clinical placement you’ll complete a five-day, pre-clinical skills workshop* at Curtin Perth. 

The Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only. We recommend that you study one or two units per semester.

This Graduate Certificate is available in semester 1 and in semester 2. 

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

See our handbook for more course information. 

* There are no fees for this workshop. Students travelling to Perth to complete the workshop must arrange (and fund) their travel and accommodation. 

Why study

  • Curtin is an industry-partnered university and we have designed this specialisation to meet the health sector’s need for advanced expertise in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing. 
  • The graduate certificate for this specialisation is progressive in that you can choose to pause your postgraduate studies after gaining that qualification or continue studying for your master’s degree. 

How this course will make you industry ready

Currently Curtin University is the sole educational provider in Western Australia for this course. Curtin maintains close collaboration with agencies providing child and adolescent health services in the community, ensuring that the course materials are relevant and up to date.

Graduates from this course will have the clinical competencies to practise in child and adolescent health nursing across an extensive range of population groups.

What you'll learn

  • identify and apply principles of primary health care into practice to maintain optimal wellbeing of the individual, family and community
  • assess the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual, family and/or community to determine and plan the health care needs within a community practice setting
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature
  • communicate both verbally and written, in a way the individuals, family and professional colleagues can understand
  • use appropriate technologies to practice community health nursing practice
  • demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning
  • incorporate learning opportunities in nursing practice
  • recognise national and global community health issues and strategic health care directions; relate these to community nursing practice
  • provide culturally aware and respectful health care provision to multicultural groups and Indigenous communities; demonstrate professional and ethical practice in community health nursing; work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary health care team

Admission criteria

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and registration as a general nurse in Division One with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Students need to be able to undertake a compulsory five day pre-clinical skills workshop at the Bentley campus prior to their clinical placement. There are no further fees incurred for this workshop but rural students will need to source and fund travel and accommodation expenses. Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $12,669*

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).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

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

2024

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

2025

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

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

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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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  • Curtin course code: GC-CAHNU
  • Last updated on: 27/09/2022