Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Acute and Complex Care)

    Course overview

    • 1 year part time
    • Online
    • Available to domestic and international students


    Please note this course is not being offered in 2021.

    The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Acute and Complex Care) has been developed in response to a growing demand for Registered Nurses who are competent in the technical and highly complex field of acute care nursing.

    Specialising in either cardiorespiratory or renal nursing, you will gain highly sought-after clinical knowledge and develop practical skills through undertaking workplace clinical assessments at your hospital.

    Delivered online by leading experts in the nursing field, this course is based on the latest evidence and best practice guidelines. On completion, graduates will be able to deliver high quality patient care with confidence, gaining professional and industry recognition for your specialty practice.

    At Australia's #1 university, your online learning experience will be rich and engaging. Online study will allow you to continue your professional development while allowing you to easily fit your learning around other life commitments.

    Who is this course for?

    This course has been designed for practising Registered Nurses with one or more years’ experience, working a minimum of 24 hours a week. If you are committed to enhancing your practice and being recognised and rewarded for your commitment and expertise, then this course is for you.

    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.

    Participants (international or domestic) in this course must be employed and nominated by a health service in Australia. You will undertake work-integrated learning, which includes completing clinical skills assessments facilitated by clinical educators and experts working within your health service.

    Course aims

    The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Acute and Complex Care) provides students with an in-depth understanding of the scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice that underpins acute care nursing practice, the ability to apply critical thinking skills to complex clinical situations to individuals who are acutely ill, and lifelong skills to facilitate knowledge and development as a specialty nurse. Students will gain the clinical competency to demonstrate the application of knowledge to patients with either cardiac and respiratory diseases, or renal conditions, depending on the subjects selected.


    As a graduate of this course, you’ll be eligible for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice. You can also choose to exit the course with a Specialist Certificate in Nursing Practice (Acute and Complex Care), after undertaking Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Specialty 1.