Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)


    What you will learn

    As a student of this course, you will:

    Examine core pathophysiological concepts Explore the underlying pathophysiology of neonatal diseases and develop knowledge and skills required to prioritise care of the neonate in the neonatal intensive care environment.

    Understand key theory and medical requirements Broaden your knowledge and theory of neonatal care and learn how to assess and manage specific conditions. Develop specialist knowledge in neonatal respiratory diseases, congenital anomalies, neonatal brain injury, common metabolic conditions, conditions unique to the very preterm infant, nutritional requirements and principles of growth and development.

    Be guided to confidently apply theory to practice You will receive supervised training and be able to undertake an accurate assessment of neonatal patients by combining your understanding of core theory with your technical skills.

    Course structure
    The Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care) is a 50-point program designed to be undertaken part time over 12 months, including supervised clinical practice at your employing hospital. You must complete:

    • One core online subject, worth 12.5 points.
    • Three core clinical specialty subjects including one practice subject at your employing hospital, each worth 12.5 points.

    Study days

    Subject Study Day 1 Study Day 2 Study Day 3 Study Day 4
    Neonatal Intensive Care 1 11 March 2020
    8 hour study day
    22 April 2020
    8 hour study day
    20 May 2020
    8 hour study day
    Neonatal Intensive Care 2 6 August 2020
    8 hour study day 
    3 September 2020
    8 hour study day
    15 October 2020
    8 hour study day
    Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Practice 25 March 2020
    6 hour study day
    6 May 2020
    6 hour study day
    26 August 2020
    6 hour study day
    21 October 2020
    6 hour study day


    • All lectures for NICU 1 and NICU 2 will be held at the University of Melbourne
    • NICU Practice study days will be held at the host NICUs and at the Royal Children’s Hospital
    • Please see the timetable in the LMS for venue details on each study day

    Please note: If you commence study in the winter intake you will have a 6 month break after completing the first subject Applied Pathophysiology and recommence in March the year after. Consequently starting this course in the winter intake will take 1.5 years to complete.

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