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Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing)

Online course

Study load

Approx. 12-15 hours per week per unit

Duration

0.5 years (60 credit points)

Intakes

Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

As an emergency nurse, you’ll be the one who makes a difference to people’s lives when they need it the most. With advanced knowledge and skills you’ll equip yourself to respond to life threatening situations.
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Take your nursing career to the next level and become a confident leader in emergency assessment and intervention.

By specialising in emergency care, you’ll be able to use your advanced clinical assessment skills to provide high quality care to patients in emergency settings. Throughout the program, you’ll examine key aspects of emergency patient care and nursing practice, whilst also developing your analytical, leadership and communication skills. You’ll develop essential skills to manage and prioritise these patients, and learn core concepts relating to acute illness, disease and trauma.

Through a blend of online learning and employment, you’ll be supported as you apply your clinical skills to patients who have urgent and complex care requirements. This structure will support your study-work-life balance, allowing you to flourish in the different aspects of your life. Our Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing) will help you build key skills and knowledge, tailored to the highly skilled, professional work you undertake in the field of emergency nursing.

Course structure

Students may study up to two units (30 credit points) per teaching period, which equates to roughly 12-15 hours of learning per week per unit. 

Code: HEALE6401

Credit Points: 15

This course is designed to enable Registered Nurses to acquire advanced clinical assessment skills for the acutely unwell patient in an emergency setting. These skills will be based on a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of illness and injury to patients across the lifespan. The ultimate goal of this unit is to enable the student to provide safe and high quality emergency nursing care.

Code: HEALE6402

Credit Points: 15

This course helps students to integrate advanced level theoretical knowledge with the safe and effective care of the emergency patient across the lifespan. You will explore the applied role of the advanced clinical nurse in an emergency care setting.

Code: HEALT6003

Credit Points: 30

This course 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 course will enable nurses to apply advanced level knowledge relating to pathophysiology in a clinical setting.

What you will learn

Gain advanced clinical assessment skills to provide safe and high-quality emergency care to patients of all ages.

Increase your confidence at providing care in an emergency setting. You’ll learn to apply your theoretical knowledge in a practical space, to advance your clinical reasoning and ability.

Build on your existing knowledge of the major body systems. You’ll gain increased confidence in providing health assessments in an emergency setting.

Learn to manage patients requiring specialist treatment in an emergency care setting.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a three-year (minimum) Bachelor of Nursing qualification.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate current and satisfactory registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and a minimum of 0.5 EFT current and ongoing employment in an appropriate emergency clinical setting. A current resume must be submitted with the application.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing) and Graduate Diploma provides a pathway into the Master of Health (Advanced Nursing) focused on leadership and advanced clinical skills. Completion of the Master of Health provides a pathway into Doctoral studies with Federation University.

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

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$1,992 estimated annual tuition fee.

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

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 course 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.

Career outcomes

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

Use your specialised skills to provide urgent care and management to patients who present to hospital emergency departments.

Share your advanced nursing knowledge in order to support and provide care to the wider nursing team. You’ll be able to apply your skills in practice, as well as finding opportunities to optimise patient care.

Help other nurses gain the skills and knowledge to provide the best possible emergency care to their patients. You’ll utilise leadership and communication skills in this role.

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 Krahne

Federation University Graduate, Nursing

Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing), you will be equipped to improve your professional standing in emergency care based roles, including;

  • Emergency department nursing
  • Clincial nursing
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Lead nursing opportunities

Rated #1 across multiple categories

We’ve been #1 in Victoria for graduate outcomes for 6 years running in The Good Universities Guide annual university rankings.

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We received 5 stars for Student Support for our Nursing courses, with 80.6% of students feeling satisfied with their support.
We received 5 stars for Skills Development in Health Services, placing our courses in the top 20% in Australia.
We received 5 stars for Learner Engagement in Health Services, meaning that most students felt engaged throughout their studies.

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.

Erin Tanti

Lecturer

Erin Tanti is a Lecturer in the School of Health. Erin’s research areas relate to clinical education and leadership. Erin is both an undergraduate nursing lecturer and a post graduate lecturer in emergency nursing.

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