|Area of Study||Type of Course||Level of Study|
|Nursing Practice||Award||Graduate Certificate|
|Course||Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)|
|Course Abbreviation||GCert Nursing Practice (C&PC)|
|Partner Faculty||MDHS / Melbourne School of Health Sciences and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in the area of clinical specialty.|
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 Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) provides a unique specialist training program in Cancer and Palliative Care and is delivered in partnership with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Cancer and Palliative Care.|
The course provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to cancer/palliative care nursing. Students develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to individuals experiencing cancer/palliative care. On completion students have the clinical competencies to practice cancer/palliative care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian speciality practice competencies.
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.
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 cancer/palliative care work environment.|
Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Cancer and Palliative 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 (Cancer and Palliative 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):
Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 1 (12.5 points):
Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing 2 (12.5 points):
Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing Practice (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:
Dorothy Jean Ineke Nursing Scholarship
Two scholarships/awards of $7,500 each 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.
STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR 2018
|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, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 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:
Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice who are not employed by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre or a Partnering hospital must provide evidence of current clinical employment and support from their employing hospital.
*Please note, all applications are subject to the nomination process.*
Course fees for 2017
Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources.|
Fees 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||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.|
Semester Study Periods
|Delivery Dates and Times||
Coursework Attendance Dates and Duration
Face-to-face delivery of course material will be at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,
Room 7B Education Centre,
305 Grattan Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
|Related courses and subjects|
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care)
Program Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Soares|
Phone: (03) 9035 9608