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Acute Care Nursing
- Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
This course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis as there are concurrent employment requirements. It is recommended that students undertake 1-2 units of study per semester. This is necessary to accommodate the employment requirements in the relevant discipline specialty to achieve clinical competency. Students have the option of either internal or online study modes. For further information please refer to the stream or streams relevant to your interest.
- 1 year part-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
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Advance your skills in clinical leadership and expand your career options in acute care nursing.
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The Acute Care Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice.
Key components include:
- the theoretical foundations of nursing science and advanced clinical knowledge and skills of acute-care nursing
- pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and clinical decision-making for the health management of individuals with acute health conditions
- pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.
In addition, this specialisation focuses on complex clinical decision-making, evidence-informed specialty practice, patient advocacy and holistic specialty practice. You will therefore develop skills in clinical leadership and the promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practice.
The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only, as concurrent employment is required. We recommend that you study one or two units per semester.
Note: This graduate certificate is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.
See our handbook for more information.
- Curtin is an industry-partnered university and we have designed this specialisation to meet the health sector’s need for specialist expertise in acute care nursing.
- The graduate certificate for this specialisation is progressive in that you can choose to pause your postgraduate studies after gaining that qualification or continue studying for your master’s degree.
What you'll learn
- analyse critically, and evaluate advanced concepts of acute care nursing practice; integrate knowledge and understanding to demonstrate competency at a level in accordance with the RN Standards for Practice
- critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual for effective clinical decision making; recognise own abilities and level of professional competence
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making in acute care practice
- integrate communication skills within a legal and ethical framework related to acute care clinical issues; interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to the health care team
- effectively anticipate, plan for and use technology applications relevant to acute care practice
- integrate autonomous, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a lifelong learner in acute care practice; participate in research and critically appraise research findings and incorporate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
- critically appraise, evaluate and incorporate national and global health issues and strategic health care directions into acute care practice
- incorporate culturally aware and respectful acute care to multicultural groups and indigenous communities
- incorporate advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and judgment, including advanced leadership and autonomy into acute care practice; work professionally in acute care practice demonstrating judgement, leadership and independence as a nurse in acute care; act as an experienced positive role model to peers and other members of the healthcare team
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees
Fee year: 2022
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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- Last updated on: May 26, 2022