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Graduate Certificate in Health (Advanced Nursing)

100% online course

Study load

Approx. 12-15 hours per week* (see course structure)

Duration

6 months

Intakes

Enrolments are currently closed

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, Nurses have never been in more demand. This course will build upon your current practice, enabling you to contribute to shaping your profession and improve health outcomes.
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Gain advanced nursing care knowledge you can put into practice straight away

If you have a qualification in a health-related discipline and are looking to build on your nursing skillset, the Graduate Certificate in Health (Advanced Nursing) is for you. Designed to equip you with specialised practice knowledge, you’ll develop advanced clinical reasoning and leadership skills, crucial in a range of health care settings.

Benefit from the flexibility of online study and graduate with a newly extended clinical skillset you can bring straight into your professional workplace. This course is designed to boost your knowledge of advanced level of healthcare strategies and build your clinical decision-making skills to improve healthcare delivery to those who need it.

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Course structure

Students may study one unit per teaching period. 15 credit points equates to approx.12-15 hours of learning per week. A 30-credit point unit will require approx. 24-30 hours of learning.

Code: HEALT6000

Contact Hours: 24-30 hours

Credit Points: 30

This unit explores global health care and provides an overview of primary healthcare strategies implemented around the world. This knowledge will give you an advanced understanding of different approaches to the global health detriments and explores how these factors affect human populations. In doing so, you will gain insight into the importance of health and human rights at both a local and global context. You will also be able to identify patterns of health and disease, as well as the factors which influence them.

Code: HEALT6003

Contact Hours: 24-30 hours

Credit Points: 30

This unit allows registered nurses to build on their existing knowledge by introducing them to advanced nursing practice. You'll develop an in-depth understanding of human pathophysiology of the major body systems, their alterations and health assessment. This unit will enable nurses to apply advanced level knowledge relating to pathophysiology in a clinical setting.

What you will learn

Develop a critical overview of the determinants of health and explore the expansive approaches used across the international industry.

This course will equip you with the fundamentals of advanced practice knowledge and leadership in preparation for roles in leadership, management, education or policy change.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a three-year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in Nursing. You cannot enter based on Diploma level studies.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate current and satisfactory registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse.

The Graduate Certificate in Health (Advanced Nursing) provides a pathway into further studies at the Graduate Diploma or Masters level. Graduates receive credit for one unit (30 cpts) to continue into the Graduate Diploma of Health (Advanced Nursing). There is a further study pathway into the Master of Health (Advanced Nursing) which is focused on leadership skills.

Completion of the Master of Health provides a pathway into Doctoral studies with Federation University.

Fees

2024 Indicative Fees

$2,223 student contribution amount (Commonwealth Supported Place)

If you’re offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your fees (student contribution) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual enrolled units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution amount.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Support services

Be supported through your studies with services tailored to the online learning environment. Federation University Online personalises support for every student, accessible at every stage of your study journey.

  • Student advisors dedicated to answering your questions about anything from enrolment and course management to essay writing and technical support.
  • Online Learning Advisors (OLAs) guiding you through your course, bringing industry experience and expertise in online learning to your studies.
  • Study and assignment resources to help you get the most out of each unit and submit high quality assessments.
  • An online community made up of a diverse network of students, who you’ll study alongside in learning groups and discussion boards.

Flexible study requires flexible support – discover the services available to you so you can go further.

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Career outcomes

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health (Advanced Nursing) will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

Please note: this course does not lead to registration as a health professional. 

Receive the basis of advanced nursing practices that you can take into current or future healthcare environments.

Nurses employed under the state public hospital awards are often eligible for higher duties allowances based on postgraduate qualifications relevant to their practice.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Health (Advanced Nursing) is a pathway into further post-graduate studies, at the Graduate Diploma or Masters level.

"I’ve absolutely loved it, even though I was really worried about studying again. But you make that decision and you make the commitment to do it and it just happens."

Stacey Krahe

Federation University Graduate, Nursing

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Why study Nursing at Federation University Online?

A Federation University Online Nursing degree equips you with the skills to confidently deliver care to our health system’s most urgent and critical patients.

We received 5 stars for Full-Time Employment in Health Services & Support, with 81.5% of graduates being employed full time four months after completing their course.
We received 5 stars for Teaching Quality in Health Services & Support, with 87.4% of students satisfied with the teaching quality provided.
We received 5 stars for Full-Time Employment in Health Services & Support, with 81.5% of graduates being employed full time four months after completing their course.

Meet the people behind your course

Dr Blake Peck

Senior Lecturer

Blake Peck is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. Blake’s main research interests relate to pediatric injury, the health workforce, childhood long-term illness and qualitative research theory. Blake has been widely published in journal articles relating to nursing and health, and his main teaching areas include research methods, pathophysiology of disease and pharmacology.

Dr Kerry Hood

Senior Lecturer

Kerry Hood is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. Kerry has been published across numerous nursing journals and her research interests include interprofessional learning and teaching and learning pedagogy. Kerry’s main teaching areas include education, leadership and social determinants of health.

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