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Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing)

100% online course

Study load

Approx. 24-30 hours per week

Duration

0.5 year (60 credit points)

Intakes

Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

Redefine your career in nursing with a high-quality specialisation in care for the pre, intra and post-operative patient.
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Evolve your career with tailored expertise 

Does the idea of advancing your nursing career to a Perioperative setting interest you? Do you love to learn and provide high quality care to the pre, intra and post-operative patient in your current role?  

In the Graduate Certificate of Health (Perioperative Nursing) you’ll tailor your nursing experience to the highly specialised setting of perioperative nursing. Support and guidance are at the forefront of this online-tailored course, so while developing advanced clinical assessment skills for the perioperative patient, you’ll receive expert guidance to develop your professional standing and expertise. 

Our Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing) will equip you for a fulfilling professional future in care for patients who present for surgical intervention.

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: 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.

Code: HEALC6401

Credit Points: 15

In this course, Registered Nurses will develop advanced level knowledge and clinical reasoning for care of the critically ill. You may use this course as a framework for supporting the systematic assessment and ongoing management of patients in the intensive care setting. By expanding your knowledge of the pathophysiology of illness and injury of major body systems, you will gain confidence in delivering high quality care for critically ill patients.

Code: HEALO6402

Perioperative Nursing Practice explores the applied role of the advanced clinical nurse in perioperative settings. Through this course students engage in the application of advanced level clinical reasoning in pre, intra and post-operative clinical contexts across the lifespan. This course focuses on the global, national and local quality and safety standards that provide the guiding principles of quality care.

An inquiry-based learning framework contextualised through clinical experience will enable students to critically analyse and apply evidence based clinical reasoning within the perioperative setting for the safe and effective care of the patient experiencing surgical intervention

What you will learn

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

Learn to deliver safe and high quality, collaborative care for the pre, intra and post-operative patient.

Apply advanced level clinical reasoning in perioperative settings. You’ll examine global, national and local safety standards that provide guiding principles of quality care. 

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a three-year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area.   

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 perioperative care setting. A current resume must be submitted with the application. 

Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Health (Advanced Nursing) 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 level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area – they cannot enter based on Diploma level studies.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing) may pathway into further post-graduate studies, at the Graduate Diploma or Masters level.

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$1,992 estimated annual tuition fee.

This Certificate is 0.5 EFTSL (equivalent full-time study load) or 60 credit points. 1 EFTSL or 120 credit points is equivalent to a standard year of full time study.

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.

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Career outcomes

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

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

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

Use your advanced knowledge to provide essential care and support in a variety of surgical settings. 

Provide high-quality care to patients who present for surgical intervention in a day-procedure environment.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing) might like to use this as a pathway into further post-graduate studies, such as the Master of Health (Advanced Nursing). 

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

Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative Nursing), you will be expertly equipped to provide care in pre, intra and post operative phases in surgical environments such as;

  • Specialist surgical environments
  • Day-procedure environments
  • Surgical environments

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 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.

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