Approx 12-15 hours per week* (see course structure)
9 months (60 credit points)
Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Take your experience as a nurse in perioperative environments to the next level with a high-quality specialisation in care for the pre, intra and post-operative patient.
Evolve your perioperative career with tailored expertise
Does the idea of advancing your nursing career in your current perioperative environment interest you? Do you want to accelerate your professional standing and expertise in the field?
In the Graduate Certificate of Health (Perioperative Nursing) you’ll tailor your pre-existing perioperative nursing experience to advance your career.
Support and guidance from health professionals are at the forefront of this online-tailored course. While developing advanced clinical 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 future in care for patients who present for surgical intervention.
Students may study one unit per teaching period.
Study loads: 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.
Pathophysiology & Health Assessment For Advanced Practice
Contact Hours: 24-30 hours
Credit Points: 30
Principles of Care for the Perioperative Patient
Contact Hours: 12-15 hours
Credit Points: 15
Perioperative Nursing Practice
Contact Hours: 12-15 hours
Credit Points: 15
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
What you will learn
Advanced knowledge of pathophysiology
Develop an in-depth understanding of the major body systems and use this to support health assessments in a clinical setting.
Core principles of perioperative nursing
Learn to deliver safe and high quality, collaborative care for the pre, intra and post-operative patient.
Perioperative nursing practice
Apply advanced level clinical reasoning in perioperative settings. You’ll examine global, national and local safety standards that provide guiding principles of quality care.
Please note: This course is for currently employed registered nurses working in a perioperative 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 appropriate perioperative setting.
Upon application, a current resume and letter of agreement from your hospital will be required.
The Graduate Certificate in Health (Perioperative 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.
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).
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.
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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 course does not lead to registration as a health professional.
Work in a specialist surgical environment
Use your advanced knowledge to provide essential care and support in a variety of surgical settings.
Work in a day-procedure environment
Provide high-quality care to patients who present for surgical intervention in a day-procedure environment.
Pathway to Graduate Diploma or Masters in related discipline
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.“
Federation University Graduate, Nursing
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
Meet the people behind your course
Dr Blake Peck
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
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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