Specialist Certificate in Neonatal Care

What will I study?


What you will learn

As a student of this course, you will:

Examine core pathophysiological concepts

Explore the pathologic basis of disease and gain the knowledge and skills required to prioritise patient care in your specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.

Develop your critical thinking skills in complex clinical situations

With a focus on emergency stabilisation of sick and/or preterm neonates and care of neonates requiring ongoing care in special care nurseries, you will extend your critical thinking ability in complex clinical situations.

Understand the underpinning theory of neonatal care and apply it to practice

Communicate an in-depth understanding of the theory underpinning specialty neonatal practice. Develop advanced problem-solving skills needed for delivery and evaluation of neonatal care as a specialty practice nurse or midwife.

Course structure

The Specialist Certificate in Neonatal Care is a 25-point program, designed to be undertaken part-time over two terms. You must complete:

  • One online subject, worth 12.5 points, and
  • One face-to-face subject, worth 12.5 points.

Face-to-face classes are held at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus. You will take part in three eight-hour days, totalling 24 contact hours. You should set aside additional time to complete online learning, readings and assignments.

Subject delivery dates

Applied Pathophysiology
Study Period Start Date End Date
Summer Term 28 December 20207 March 2021
Term 3 14 June 202122 August 2021
Foundations in Neonatal Care
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
14 September 2021
8 hour study day
28 September 2021
8 hour study day
26 October 2021
8 hour study day