Specialist Certificate in Neonatal Care

Course overview

  • 6 months part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January


Specifically designed for Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives working in special care nurseries (SCN), the Specialist Certificate in Neonatal Care will introduce you to the latest evidence for high-quality care of sick or preterm neonates and their families.

As a student, you will develop a sound understanding of the evidence base that underpins neonatal specialty practice. You will explore family-centred and neonatal developmental care and extend your knowledge in the assessment of the sick or preterm neonate and management of common neonatal conditions. You will learn from expert clinicians as you begin to confidently put your new specialty knowledge into practice.

Who is this course for?

Tailored to the needs of currently practising Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives, the course offers flexible online and face-to-face delivery, enabling you to fit part-time study into your busy schedule. This certificate is ideal for professionals entering the neonatal workforce as well as experienced SCN staff who require updating of knowledge and skills to confidently and competently care for increasingly complex neonates.

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.

Course aims

Every year in Australia more than 27,000 babies are born preterm, before 37 weeks’ gestation. The vast majority will not require neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission after birth but will require admission to a Special Care Nursery (SCN). This course acts as a pathway into the more advanced Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care.

Related course

You may also be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care.