Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

Australian College of Nursing

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary paediatric healthcare. It aims to cultivate excellence in the provision of nursing care to sick infants, children and young adults, within a family-focused framework. It is aimed at those with an interest in pursuing paediatric studies from a variety of perspectives. There are four specialist streams: General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency, Paediatric Intensive Care, and Paediatric Oncology. The General Paediatric stream focuses on a critical analysis of the evidence-base for working with children and families and will identify interventions and strategies that are linked with positive evidence based clinical outcomes. The Paediatric Intensive Care stream aims to develop the paediatric nurses' ability to assess and manage the wide variety of conditions that present in paediatric critical care settings. The Paediatric Emergency stream develops the knowledge and understanding of critical care nursing practice in relation to the management of critically ill children requiring emergency intervention. These subjects will provide a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of paediatric emergency and trauma care. The Paediatric Oncology stream is aimed at advancing the registered nurses' skills in the care of children with cancer. The subjects are particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of cancer nurse specialist. Particular emphasis is placed on recent national and international research findings and/or evidence-based guidelines and recommendations, aimed at ensuring optimal outcomes for children with haematological or oncological conditions.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,900

Entry Requirements:

Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency plus 1 year's postgraduate experience, plus relevant clinical employment


The course is conducted by online distance education including interactions in a virtual classroom. Students complete 4 subjects by distance education.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing-general paediatric; Nursing-paediatric emergency; Nursing-paediatric intensive care; Nursing-paediatric oncology

Study Pathways:

Credit transfer to Master degree

Further information:

Relevant clinical employment: for the Paediatric Intensive Care this means employment in a paediatric ICU, capable of providing mechanical ventilation, extra-corporeal renal support services and invasive haemodynamic monitoring for an indefinite period to infants and children less than 16 years of age; for the Paediatric Emergency Stream this means current employment in an emergency department with a paediatric casemix.

Who for:

Registered nurses working with children

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parramatta No info No 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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