Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)

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      Course description

      The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) is a 50 credit point, part-time, clinical coursework program of one year's duration. Students typically take four 12.5 credit point subjects across a year. Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Rural Critical care work environment.

      The course delivers theoretical content through a combination of online study and face-to-face course delivery at the partner hospital for the clinical speciality. The students’ employing hospital provides clinical practice in a hospital setting.

      Students complete 50 credit points of study part-time, over a year, commencing in January with an online subject, completing a face-to-face subject at the partner hospital each semester and a supervised clinical practice subject at their employing hospital across the whole study period.

      To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) requires successful completion of 4 x 12.5 point subjects. Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject and must be successfully completed to allow enrolment in the other course subjects.

      Subject study periods

      SubjectStudy PeriodStart DateEnd Date
      Applied PathophysiologySummer Term7 January 20191 March 2019
      Applied PathophysiologyTerm 322 July 201915 September 2019
      Rural Critical Care Nursing 1March11 March 20197 June 2019
      Rural Critical Care Nursing PracticeYear long11 March 201927 October 2019
      Rural Critical Care Nursing 2Semester 222 July 201927 October 2019

      Study days

      Please note: Some of the subjects run concurrently and share study days. On these shared study days a mix of both subjects are taught.


      Lectures will be located at either:

      • Elsie Jones Education Centre, Goulburn Valley Health, Graham St,  Shepperton VIC, 3630 or
      • Margaret Boyd Education Centre, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Green St, Wangaratta, VIC, 3677
      SubjectDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8
      Rural Critical Care Nursing 113 March 2019
      27 March 2019
      10 April 2019
      1 May 2019
      15 May 2019
      29 May 2019
      Rural Critical Care Nursing 231 July 201914 August 201928 August 201911 Sept 20192 Oct 201916 Oct 2019N/AN/A
      Rural Critical Care Nursing Practice4 March 20195 March 201913 March 201927 March 20191 May 201929 May 201931 July 201916 Oct 2019

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