Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

Australian College of Nursing

This course is designed to encourage the development of a perioperative nurse who is able to provide holistic, patient-centred care during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. It promotes a deep understanding of complex perioperative issues as they relate to patient outcomes. The course combines theory and practice to meet the educational needs of clinicians working in diverse perioperative environments. The foundation subject highlights the practice and philosophies of perioperative nursing. Pre-, intra- and postoperative nursing assessment and care are explored in depth, as well as the broader aspects of technological issues associated with the surgical environment. Students may choose a relevant specialty in operating room nursing or anaesthetic nursing depending on the area of specialisation. Students will develop advanced nursing knowledge, clinical skills and judgement to facilitate best outcomes for perioperative patients.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,900

Entry Requirements:

Registered with AHPRA, 1 year postgraduate experience, relevant employment


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

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing-operating suite; Nursing-anaesthetic and recovery room

Study Pathways:

Credit transfer to Master degree

Who for:

Registered nurses practising in a perioperative setting

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP 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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