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C11201v2 Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (GradCertN)
UAC code: 940885 (Autumn semester, Spring semester)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Kuring-gai campus


This course offers a mid-year intake for local students.

This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced acute care nurse. The course helps students to critically evaluate their practice and incorporate research findings and technologies as appropriate. Students study topics that reflect health phenomena that are common across acute care illnesses requiring medical and/or surgical intervention, as well as the principles of managing patients who become acutely ill and unstable.

Students learn to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the acute care patient population and are able to practise safely and competently as acute care nurses. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families. Students also develop skills to actively contribute to the professional development of others and use research in order to make informed decisions about nursing practice.

Career options

Career options include specialty acute care nursing in a wide range of clinical settings.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible.

Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at:

Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered via on-campus study days, workshops in a high-fidelity simulation laboratory and online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at the rate of two subjects a semester. The normal attendance per subject is four full days on campus spread over the semester.

Course structure

Students are required to complete a total of 24 credit points of study, comprising four specified nursing subjects.

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with this organisation. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from subject Specialty Clinical Practice. If students change their sub-major they may need to redo a CAP related to the new sub-major or do the subject Specialty Practice.

Course completion requirements

92713 Health Breakdown 6cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      92869 Specialty Clinical Practice6cp 
      STM90490 Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP)6cp 
92616 Core Concepts in Acute Care Nursing 6cp
92617 Early Interventions in Acute Care Nursing 6cp
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Michelle Kelly
Course coordinator
telephone +61 2 9514 4815