|Area of Study||Type of Course||Level of Study|
|Nursing Practice||Award||Graduate Certificate|
|Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)|
|GCert Nursing Practice (RCC)|
|MDHS / Melbourne School of Health Sciences and a Centre of Excellence in the area of clinical speciality.|
| A review of the specialist nursing programs offered by the University of Melbourne has recently been completed. The aim of the review was to develop a suite of programs that: |
The result is a suite of seven Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice, each with a specific nursing specialisation, delivered in partnership with a number of Centres of Excellence, all providing rigorous and high quality education and training, and with a clear pathway to Masters level study in Nursing at the University of Melbourne.
| The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) is a 50 credit point, part-time, clinical coursework program of one year's duration. Students typically take four 12.5 credit point subjects across a year. Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Rural Critical care work environment. |
The course delivers theoretical content through a combination of on-line study and face-to-face course delivery at the partner hospital for the clinical speciality. The students’ employing hospital provides clinical practice in a hospital setting.
Students complete 50 credit points of study part-time, over a year, commencing in January with an on-line subject, completing a face-to-face subject at the partner hospital each semester and a supervised clinical practice subject at their employing hospital across the whole study period.
| The course is delivered through a combination of on-line and face-to-face delivery. |
Applicants must ensure that the computer and device they use to access course materials and undertake assessment on-line are suitable. Check the system requirements and perform a system test.
It is common for students to access course information from a range of computers and devices, and they must all be checked to ensure that they allow full functionality. In particular, hospital computer systems may have firewalls in place that do not allow full access and you should alert your IT administrator to these requirements well in advance of needing access using work based computers.
Who Should Apply
| Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Rural Critical Care work environment. |
Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Rural Critical Care Nursing Practice), and the employing hospital must be equipped to support the student to complete their studies.
International nurses with a working visa who meet the course entry requirements are also eligible to apply.
| To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) requires successful completion of 4 x 12.5 point subjects. Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject and must be successfully completed to allow enrolment in the other course subjects. |
| The course is rigorously assessed. Further details of assessment are contained in individual subject guides that are provided to enrolled students. |
Applied Pathophysiology (12.5 points):
Pathways to Further Study
| Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. Students that successfully complete this subject and associated assessment may be eligible for credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. |
Credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is dependent on:
Students that successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice may apply for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.Students may also be interested in: Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
Master of Advanced Nursing (for International Students)
|Additional Information||Dorothy Jean Ineke Nursing Scholarship|
Two scholarships will be awarded to the two top performing students in the subject Applied Pathophysiology who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice 2018 and not in receipt of a Commonwealth Supported Place.
The scholarships will be awarded at the Graduation and Awards Ceremony in March 2018.
For more information about this scholarship, please visit: http://mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/study/scholarships/n/dorothy-jean-ineke
Recruitment and Application Process Map
Pathways from Specialist to Advanced Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions
STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR 2018
Save the Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Medical Building, Level 3, Room 312, ESJ King Theatre
Academic and Teaching Team
| The academic team is led by Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz (the University of Melbourne). |
Marie will be supported by a team of Course and Subject Coordinators drawn from the University of Melbourne, Centres of Excellence and Hospital Partners to ensure a quality and consistent teaching and learning experience for nursing students.
Admission requirements for all specialty and advanced practice courses:
If the applicants employing hospital is a designated Partner Hospital, then the applicant is expected to be included in the Partner Hospitals’ approved students and nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor list.
If the applicants employing hospital is not a designated Partner Hospital, then a form providing details of the nominated Nursing Practice Supervisor and confirmation of employing Hospital support needs to be completed and submitted with the application.
Please note, all applications are subject to the nomination process.*
| Course fees for 2018 |
| Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources. |
Fees to do not include the prescribed text for the course.
This text needs to be purchased prior to commencing the Applied Pathophysiology subject. Applicants who accept a place on the course will be provided with information to obtain this text at a discounted price direct from the publisher.
As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
|Fee-Help is available for this course. It is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.|
|Key Dates|| Semester Study Periods |
Delivery Dates and Times
|Coursework Attendance Dates and Duration for 2018|
*Please note: these dates are indicative and subject to change.
|Elise Jone Education Centre|
Goulburn Valley Health
Graham St, Shepparton VIC, 3630
Margaret Boyd Education Centre
Northeast Health Wangaratta
35 Green Street, Wangaratta VIC, 3677
Related courses and subjects
|Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)|
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Emergency)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)
| Ally Prowse|
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 1605