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C11246v2 Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing (GradCertAdvN)
Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing in Critical Care (GradCertAdvN)
Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing in Perioperative Care (GradCertAdvN)
Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing in Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (GradCertAdvN)

Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Notes

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

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced nurse at graduate certificate level. The course aims to assist students with the progression of their careers, particularly into clinical roles associated with leadership, research and education. The flexible nature of this course means that students can either undertake a general advanced stream or tailor the program to their preferred specialty. Specialty streams include, but are not limited to, critical care, perioperative, and anaesthetic and post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) nursing. In addition, a large selection of elective subjects are offered, including, but not limited to, public and primary health care, acute care, chronic and complex care, health services management, education and research.

With the inclusion of two core subjects and the option for two elective or two specialty stream subjects, this course allows students to tailor learning to their interests, career goals and level of expertise. Students develop specialised knowledge and highly sought-after skills to lead, advocate and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families with complex illnesses and co-morbidities, using evidence to make informed clinical decisions. Graduates are well equipped to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, able to appraise and develop their own practice as well as contribute to the professional development of others.

Course aims

Students develop graduate attributes such as critical thinking, leadership, accountability, communication skills, and professional qualities appropriate to their role, along with Indigenous cultural respect. These attributes are developed in consultation with key external stakeholders, industry advisers, clinical partners, employers and clinicians. There is a strong focus on the management of multidisciplinary teams, adapting to changing clinical demands and the assessment of patients with diverse care needs. Students also consider evolving policy, practice and technology within advanced practice nursing.

Career options

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing offers an excellent opportunity for professional development and to improve patient outcomes in areas such as: critical care (eg Emergency/Intensive Care /Coronary Care), perioperative (scrub scout/instrument and circulating nursing), anaesthetic, post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU/recovery room) nursing, acute care, chronic and complex care, primary health care, aged care, clinical education, research and nursing management. This course is perfect for aspiring Clinical Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants or Nurse Unit Managers. Similarly, it is an excellent option for those already in one of these roles and looking to consolidate and further develop their position, plus network with a range of industry professionals and academics. The course can also be used as an entry point for study at the postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness

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.

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: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

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 one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Specialty only:
In some cases, applicants must have concurrent employment in the specific specialty clinical area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience. Suitability for enrolment will be determined by the course coordinator.

Students' current nursing registration is confirmed via the national Registers of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

Course duration and attendance

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

Subjects are offered via on-campus study days and online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at the rate of two subjects a session. The normal attendance per subject is three to four full days on campus spread over the session.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points,comprising of two core and two specialty or two elective subjects.

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of participating hospitals. These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with these organisations. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from subject 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice.

Course completion requirements

STM91397 Advanced Nursing core 12cp
CBK91866 Advanced Nursing Specialty 12cp
Total 24cp

Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
92041 Anaesthetic and PACU Nursing   6cp
Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing   6cp
92041 Anaesthetic and PACU Nursing   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Critical Care, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
92918 Fundamentals of Critical Care Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
92919 Complex Critical Care   6cp
Perioperative, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing   6cp
Spring session
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
92045 Instrument and Circulating Nursing   6cp
Perioperative, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing   6cp
92045 Instrument and Circulating Nursing   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Advanced Nursing, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
Spring session
CBK91062 Electives   12cp
Advanced Nursing, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
92713 Applied Pathophysiology in Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
CBK91062 Electives   12cp

Articulation with UTS courses

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

Other information

Further information is available from:

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

Gail Forrest
Course coordinator