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Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

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    Overview

    Applications for first round intake for 2021 start-year intake are now open and close on 30 November 2020.

    Applications for second round intake for 2021 start-year intake close on 5 February 2021.

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    IF YOU DO NOT FIND THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS HERE PLEASE CONTACT THE COURSE COORDINATOR

    Course coordinator Tracy Murphy email tracym@unimelb.edu.au

    DO I NEED TO PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTS FOR SUBJECTS WITH A CLINICAL PLACEMENT IN ORDER TO ENROL?

    No, you will be provided instructions on how to complete compliance once you have accepted your offer and enrolled in the subject.

    DO I NEED TO BE WORKING IN GENERAL PRACTICE OR PRIMARY CARE?

    The course has been developed for nurses working in general practice.  Some of the learning activities are designed to be completed in the practice environment. Students working outside of primary care have successfully completed the course in the past. Please discuss your individual circumstances with the course coordinator.

    HOW DO I ENROL IN A SINGLE SUBJECT SUCH AS THE IMMUNISATION COURSE?

    Single units of study are taken through the Community Access Program (CAP).  This is useful when students wish to 'road test' a subject prior to enrolling in a course or when they only wish to study a specific unit. These subjects are assessed and can be credited to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing subject to University Policy.

    For more information about the Community Access Program, please refer to the Single Subject Study page.

    WHAT IS THE COURSE CODE FOR CAP SUBJECTS?

    Please enter NA_CAPPG

    CAN I GET CREDIT TOWARDS THE MASTER OF NURSING PROGRAMS RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING?

    Yes, a graduate certificate will satisfy the entry requirements for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (including the nurse practitioner program).

    IS YOUR IMMUNISATION COURSE RECOGNISED IN OTHER STATES?

    The course is recognised in South Australia. New South Wales and Queensland require an application to be made for recognition in their state (fee applies) details are provided in the course material. The NT will recognise the qualification for 6 months whilst you undertake a refresher course. There is no recognised nurse immuniser role in the Australian Capital Territory. The course is not recognised in Tasmania. Please check with the individual State Health Authority before enrolling in this course in case information has changed.

    Do YOU OFFER A NURSE CERVICAL SCREENING COURSE?  

    Nurses wishing to complete a cervical screening course should complete the elective Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health (POPH90070).  This is run via the School of Population Health and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

    HOW MUCH OF THE COURSE CAN BE COMPLETED IN THE DISTANCE MODE?

    The three core subjects are online.  If you choose an online elective, then the course can be completed fully on-line.

    Learning activities included in the subject include patient data audits and interviews. If you are not working in a primary care, please contact the course coordinator to ensure you can meet the learning outcomes and complete the assessments for the course.

    DO I NEED AN INTERNET CONNECTION TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?

    All course materials and assessment are provided online. You will need adequate computer hardware, software, and a reliable internet connection to complete the subjects. Assignments must be submitted directly via Turnitin the online web-based software that is connected to Learning Management System (LMS).

    HOW LONG DOES THE COURSE USUALLY TAKE?

    The graduate certificate is usually completed part time over one year although from 2021 it can be completed full time over 6 months.   Each subject is equivalent to 170 hours of study. Students should evaluate their study load, work, and family commitments before enrolling in multiple subjects.  The Graduate Certificate must be completed within three years.

    CAN I GET ADVANCED STANDING (ALSO KNOWN AS RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING OR CREDIT)?

    Credit will only be considered for core subjects. Students must provide evidence to show the learning outcomes in the subject for which credit is requested are equivalent to the core subject learning outcomes. Students should complete a request for credit during the enrolment process. Credit will also be provided for the University of Melbourne Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) program.  This must be completed before you commence the Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing.

    CAN I TAKE TIME OFF FROM MY SUBJECT?

    Yes, you can apply for leave of absence (LOA) for up to 12 months.

    Before you apply

    1. Check the degree website.
    2. Official copy of current National Division 1 registration
    3. Official copy of your academic transcript(s) showing subjects and results
    4. Document showing evidence of at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting. This should take the form of a letter of reference or an employment contract and should show the hours completed. The provision of Curriculum Vitae is not a sufficient evidence of professional experience.
    5. If applying under a different name than that on the documents, you must supply an official copy of name change documentation (eg marriage certificate)
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