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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.
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Teaching Period 1, 2025
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0.5 Year full-time or part-time equivalent
(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) course 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 course 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 course 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 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 (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.

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.


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.

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

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

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Course co-ordinator

Carolyn Bailey