Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical)
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Care for patients with complex health conditions. This medical specialisation delves into a range of acute and chronic conditions patients present with in medical facilities. Graduate and progress into more rewarding roles or continue your studies.
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The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical) 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 (Medical) should have:
- A body of knowledge that includes the reflection, analysis and evaluation of recent developments in their area of professional practice;
- Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice; and
- Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice.
Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private health care facilities depending on your choice of specialisation.
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical):
- Specialist in medical nursing
- Nursing educator - medical specialty
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An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
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).
English Proficiency Requirements
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.
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. You can choose either correctional health, gerontological nursing, renal or medical as your clinical specialisation. You will develop your holistic care skills in specialty practice, including person- and family-centred health promotion. Specific knowledge in the areas of bioscience, pharmacology, and lifespan development, relevant to your chosen specialty, will also be explored and applied to your clinical nursing practice.
The medical specialisation explores acute and chronic medical conditions across multiple biological systems with modules covering integral anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the significance of polypharmacy in our ageing population. Foci include common respiratory conditions, the significance of infection control and the implications of hospital acquired infections.
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 (Renal)
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 (Medical):
Specified Clinical Nursing Units
- NRSG524 Advanced Pathophysiology for Specialty Nursing Practice (10cp)
- NRSG525 Evdence-based, Person-centred Family Care in Specialty Nursing Practice (10cp)
- NRSG530 Medical: Chronic Health, Frailty and Harm Minimisation (10cp)
- NRSG531 Medical: Person-centred Care for Medical Patients with Complex Conditions (10cp)
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 40 cp from the schedule of subject offerings.