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2014 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)(H5F)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Melanie Greenwood (03) 6226 4732


This course is offered part-time only, over one year, or two semesters. The maximum time for completion is two years. The course is offered from Launceston, Hobart, Cradle Coast and Interstate.
Please note that graduate programs are offered subject to student demand and the availability of School of Nursing and Midwifery resources.

Admission & Prerequisites

An applicant must: [i] be a registered nurse in Australia, or [ii] if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia- and be eligible for registration in Australia, and normally have had at least six months of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent); [iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or [iv] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements
Students enrolled in specialisations which include clinical placements must demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below:

Course Objectives

The School of Nursing and Midwifery,in collaboration with cooperating Health Care Agencies, aims to create an educational environment which values critical, reflective thinking, life-long learning, acquisition of generic attributes and professional development.
While the Graduate Certificate specialties are diverse with course specific objectives, the generic program objectives are to:

* enable students to work as registered nurses in specialised practice settings;
* allow students to develop nursing knowledge and skills in their specialty;
* enhance students' advanced critical thinking and clinical decision making in their specialty nursing discipline;
* encourage student interest and engagement in the professional growth of their discipline, and
* develop students' ability to communicate effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Career Outcomes

Graduates may find employment in specialty areas including: acute care nursing, aged care nursing, anaesthetics and recovery nursing, cardiovascular nursing, clinical nursing and teaching, community health nursing, critical care nursing, emergency nursing, general practice nursing,immigration nursing, mental health/psychiatric nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, neuroscience nursing, oncology nursing, paediatric nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing, perioperative nursing, rehabilitation nursing, renal nursing, rural and remote nursingand special care of the newborn nursing. Graduates are able to further their career development by progressing to a Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing Professional Honours.

Articulation to/from Course

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing articulates to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing/BN Professional Honours and the Master of Clinical Nursing

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