Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Australian College of Nursing

This course aims to provide registered nurses with the knowledge and skills of a specialist in acute care nursing practice. The content is directed to participants' current roles, directions and career aspirations and equips participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to deal confidently with the diverse nature of healthcare and the multifactorial nature of illness and injury. Students achieve an advanced level of clinical and professional competency in their chosen clinical specialty through a program of integrated and clinically based learning strategies. The course helps students to critically evaluate their practice and incorporate research findings and technologies appropriate to the professional practice setting.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,900

Entry Requirements:

Registered with AHPRA, 1 year postgraduate experience, relevant employment; Renal Nursing stream: employment in haemodialysis setting


The course is conducted by online distance education including interactions in a virtual classroom. Some subjects require mandatory Professional Experience Placements. Students complete 4 subjects by distance education. Specialist streams: Medical/Surgical Nursing: The focus of learning in this acute care stream is the nursing management of adults admitted to health care facilities with acute episodic medical-surgical conditions. Students analyse and apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to clinical case scenarios based on commonly encountered medical-surgical problems. Renal Nursing: This stream offers opportunities for registered nurses to enhance their knowledge, experience, clinical expertise and technical skills necessary to function competently in the specialised renal environment.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing-medical/surgical; Nursing-renal

Study Pathways:

Credit transfer to Master Degree

Who for:

Registered nurses

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parramatta No info Yes Online 1 year
In 2012, Royal College of Nursing, Australia and The College of Nursing unified to become the Australian College of Nursing. The Australian College of Nursing is a higher education and VET provider and a peak body representing nurses nationally and internationally.

Courses are developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including speciality nursing organisations, chief nurses, government bodies, clinicians, universities and Australian and international health organisations.

Most of the courses are offered in distance education and online modes, allowing flexibility to study whilst balancing work and family life. All students are fully supported by education staff and tutors who are committed to facilitating the learning experience.

Students enjoy the best quality in clinical post graduate education with electronic and on campus access to the Katie Zepps library, the largest specialist library in the southern hemisphere. The College's skilled and friendly library team provides students with access to books, journals and database searches, inter-library loans and more.

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