Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January and Winter Intake - June


Care of newborn babies and neonates with complex medical and surgical conditions requires a multidisciplinary team with expert knowledge and skills specific to this vulnerable group of patients.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice- Neonatal Intensive Care is designed to equip neonatal nurses with advanced skills and knowledge to provide evidence-based care for sick neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

You will learn about neonatal conditions associated with preterm birth, congenital anomalies, respiratory diseases, birth trauma, peripartum hypoxia, brain injury, and metabolic disorders. You will explore family centred care and neonatal developmental care in the NICU environment. You will learn about end of life and palliative care and study the impact of life-threatening illnesses on parents and families.

Be guided to put theory into practice

This course is designed to be undertaken part time, to suit the needs of currently practising Registered Nurses. As part of our work-integrated learning (WIL) model, you will undertake online study and face-to-face classes, as well as receive guided supervision at your employing hospital. This model is designed to maximise your learning, clinically and theoretically, and enable you to confidently apply your knowledge to practice.

On completion, you will have the clinical knowledge and skills to practice neonatal nursing at a competent level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care) is designed to promote an understanding of the theoretical aspects of neonatal nursing to support competent practice in caring for neonatal patients.

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