Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Off Campus
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - December and Winter Intake - June


Caring for patients in a rural context takes special care and skills beyond those learned for urban areas. The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) will help you advance your current nursing practice and equip you with the knowledge, latest frameworks and best practices for patient care in a rural context.

As a student, you will examine the basis of pathologic disease and how to prioritise patient care as well as gain training in the management of disease and illnesses in a rural context. You will gain unique clinical experience, rotating between the emergency department and critical care unit of your designated hospital.

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for currently practising Registered Nurses who are looking to move into specialty practice. As a graduate of this course, you should have the clinical competencies to practice rural critical care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies. Participants (international or domestic) in this course must be supported and nominated by their employing health service, which must be based in Australia.

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.

Related course

You may also be interested in the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.