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Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing)

Online course

Study load

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

Duration

9 months (60 credit points)

Intakes

Enrolments are currently closed

If you are a registered nurse working in the emergency environment and want to take your career to the next level, the Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing) is for you. This course will help you gain advanced knowledge and skills in emergency nursing, from providing life-saving care to working effectively with patients and their families who face challenging situations such as trauma, accidents, or sudden illnesses.
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Take your emergency 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 course, 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 supervised clinical practice, you’ll be supported to apply clinical skills to patients with 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. The Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency Nursing) will prepare you for clinical leadership roles and enhance your professional practice capabilities.

Why you should do a postgraduate nursing course

With the health care and social assistance industry being the largest employing industry in Australia and demand for nurse unit managers expected to grow by 23.1% in 2026, now is a perfect time to pursue a postgraduate degree in this crucial field.

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Course structure

Students can only study one unit per semester. Please note that study load will vary depending on the amount of units you choose to study and the credit point cost of that unit.

12-15 contact hours are estimated for one 15 credit point unit, while 24-30 are expected for those studying two 15 credit point units or one 30 credit point unit.

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.

Code: HEALE6401

Contact Hours: 12-15 hours

Credit Points: 15

This unit 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

Contact Hours: 12-15 hours

Credit Points: 15

This unit 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.

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.

Develop an in-depth understanding of the major body systems and use this to support health assessments in a clinical setting.

Entry requirements

‘Please note: This course is for currently employed registered nurses working in an emergency nursing environment’.

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 and be working a minimum of 19 hours per week in current and ongoing employment in an emergency clinical setting.

Upon application, a current resume and letter of agreement from your hospital will be required.

The Graduate Certificate in Health (Emergency 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Health (Emergency Nursing) have 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 emergency departments and emergency care centres.

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

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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
  • Clinical nurse
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • 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 Learning Resources for our Health Services & Support courses, with 89.7% of students satisfied with the learning resources provided.
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.

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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