Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care)
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What you'll learn
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing aims to enhance the practice of health care professionals by expanding the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing ( Intensive Care) should have:
- LO1: Demonstrate specialised clinical nursing knowledge and skills that are required in specialist clinical settings.
- LO2: Integrate principles of clinical decision making in relation to care planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation for effective care delivery within the specialty health care setting which reflects cultural safety practices and person centred care.
- LO3: Apply specialist evidence-based clinical knowledge and skills to analyse, generate, communicate and evaluate solutions to complex clinical issues within the specialty health care setting.
Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private health care facilities depending on your choice of specialisation:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Nursing Education
- Clinical Leadership and management roles within the speciality area
- Leadership and management roles within healthcare services
- Community nursing opportunities
- Pathways to further study and research
Intensive Care nursing specialisation:
- Intensive Care specialist
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, an applicant must:
a) have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent;
b) hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
English Proficiency Requirements
International Students must also comply with English Language Proficiency requirements as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
- International English Language Testing System - Academic (IELTS): Overall score: 6.5 with an individual score of 6.0 in all tests
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills
- Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 79 with a minimum of 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening
- ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%)
- Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 176 with a minimum individual score of 169 in all test areas.
Credit for previous study or work
If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility. ACU will consider requests for advanced standing based on prior studies to a maximum equivalence of 2 subjects (20cp).
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing is designed to expand your knowledge and skills in clinical nursing and practice.
ACU Online offers a generic Clinical Nursing course as well as the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing with nine specialisations: correctional health, gerontological nursing, medical, renal, surgical, neuroscience, cardiac care, intensive care and perioperative. By undertaking a specialisation, you will develop your holistic care skills in speciality practice, including person- and family-centred health promotion. Specific knowledge in the areas of bioscience, pharmacology, and lifespan development, relevant to your chosen speciality, will also be explored and applied to your clinical nursing practice.
The intensive care specialisation will explore critical care concepts within the intensive care specialisation. This specialisation is offered through our affiliate model where you will undertake two of the four course units with an ACU affiliate facility where you will be employed in the intensive care setting. The other two units you will undertake online with ACU where you will explore integral anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the significance of polypharmacy in patients with a critical condition.
This course also offers specialisations in the following areas:
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Correctional Health)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Gerontological Nursing)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Cardiac Care)
- Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Perioperative)
Visit ACU Postgraduate Programs for Nurses, for more information.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to follow the pattern of subject enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 4 subjects from Schedule of Unit Offerings comprising of:
- 2 subjects from Specified Clinical Nursing Units; and
- 2 subject from Specialisation units.
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care):
Specified Clinical Nursing Units
- NRSG524 Advanced Pathophysiology for Speciality Nursing Practice (10cp)
- NRSG525 Evidence-based, Person-centred Family Care in Speciality Nursing Practice (10cp)
- NRSG542 Intensive Care: Advanced Concepts in Speciality Critical Care Setting (10cp)
- NRSG543 Intensive Care: Principles in Nursing Speciality Practice (10cp)
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 4 subjects from Schedule of Unit Offerings.