Graduate Certificate in Health (Peri-Operative Nursing)

Perioperative nursing is a fast-paced nursing specialty, requiring a broad level of skill and ability to meet the care needs of patients and their families in the high acuity, technical environment of the Operating Suite.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Federation University Online
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Federation University Online
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Teaching Period 1, 2023
Teaching Period 2, 2023
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

0.5 Year
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

Perioperative nurses are an integral part of the multidisciplinary surgical and anaesthetic team.

The Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing) is a technical skill-building course designed to strengthen critical thinking skills, guide the development of hands-on abilities and reinforce the importance of communication within the wider team in providing safe, quality care for pre, intra and post-operative patients.

Core subjects introduce students to the foundations of perioperative nursing and collaborative care, providing critical skills needed to monitor and identify risks in a range of patient states, and to safely navigate any ethical factors related to patients presenting for surgical intervention.

Students will also be supported to evaluate and apply the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) Standards for Perioperative Nursing and ACORN Competencies, the National Safety & Quality in Health Care Standards and NMBA professional standards.

This six-month full time (or equivalent part-time) program will be delivered online, with all study support and learning resources also be available from academic staff and learning skills advisors.

In addition to the online coursework, an inquiry-based learning framework has been developed – in cooperation with our industry partners – whereby all theories and class content are contextualised through clinical experience.

Therefore, all students enrolled in this program must be currently registered nurses practicing in an associated clinical area (i.e., Hospital Theatre, Day Procedure Unit). This enables our students to critically analyse and apply evidence based clinical reasoning within a real-life perioperative setting.

For registered nurses currently practicing in another area of healthcare will be provided with an opportunity to enter the Intensive Care nursing domain and to undertake this program in parallel.

  • Peri-operative nurse

A wide range of career opportunities are available upon graduation in operating rooms and post-anaesthesia care units.

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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALO6402, 15 credit points


Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area.

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

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN4

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$2,062 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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

This program offers a pathway into further studies at Graduate Diploma level programs.  Graduates are eligible to continue further studies in a Graduate Diploma of Health.

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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

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