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Graduate Certificate of Health (Acute Care Nursing)

Propel your career and specialise in acute care nursing. Build confidence in advanced patient assessment, nursing management and clinical leadership in your specialty stream.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Flexible Delivery - Berwick
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
On-line Learning
Location
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Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
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Flexible Delivery - Berwick
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Semester 2
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Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
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Semester 2
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On-line Learning
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Semester 2
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Length
0.5 Year full-time or part-time equivalent
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to extend your nursing practice and specialise in acute care nursing. The course aims to provide career trajectories and enhance opportunities for aspiring registered nurses working in acute care nursing. A blended model of learning will support nurses to achieve deeper clinical knowledge, support their career and educational goals, and develop their practical skills via workshops to provide high quality acute nursing care. This new degree provides additional pathways that cater to different specialisations.
You will start the degree with units that provide advanced practice assessment skills, pathophysiology, and clinical leadership. In the second half of the degree, you will choose your specialisation of interest as either medical-surgical nursing, emergency nursing, or critical care nursing practice. You will be working in the clinical area that you are specialising at a minimum EFT of 0.5 so you can apply new knowledge and skills directly to your practice.
The course is open to students who are successful graduates of a Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent), are currently working in an acute care nursing setting, and have current AHPRA registration. 

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a clinical leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community. 

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year Bachelor of Nursing level qualification (or equivalent) and are employed in at least 0.5 EFT in a relevant clinical setting. 
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health (Acute Care Nursing) is contingent upon the candidate’s ability to demonstrate current and satisfactory registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and a minimum of 0.5 EFT current and ongoing employment in an appropriate clinical setting.

Extra requirements

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year Bachelor of Nursing level qualification (or equivalent) and are employed in at least 0.5 EFT in a relevant clinical setting. 

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health (Acute Care Nursing) is contingent upon the candidate’s ability to demonstrate current and satisfactory registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and a minimum of 0.5 EFT current and ongoing employment in an appropriate clinical setting.

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN4

Tuition fee information

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

2024 indicative full-time fee: $2,223

Commonwealth Supported Places are subsidised by the Australian Government. The tuition fee is called the student contribution amount. The indicative fee above is based on a typical first-year enrolment for this course and should be used as a guide only. For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed. Your fee will depend on the units you chose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive. 

How it's calculated

The government sets the fee each year. The amount depends on the discipline area and band of each unit. 2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range from $4,445 (Band 1) to $16,323 (Band 4).  The sample structure section above links to the EFTSL, Band and fee for each unit or you can use our unit search to find these details.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.

Scholarships

Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a clinical leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Nursing

Course co-ordinator

Michael Barbagallo