Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Critical Care)

Offered Cloud (online) with significant campus mode requirements at Burwood (Melbourne) or live via videoconference for distance students

Duration1 year part-time study (Note: This course is only available part-time)
Deakin course codeH567

From 2012 offered to continuing students only. Students who wish to undertake this specialty course should refer to the Master of Nursing Practice (H771) for more information.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate course is designed to prepare registered nurses for specialty practice within critical care areas of nursing. The course responds to the demands of industry and partnership/collaborating hospitals for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills and knowledge. The course links Deakin University with existing partners and a number of other collaborating hospitals, all of which have a high demand for specialist critical care nurses.

The use of both campus based and Cloud (online) learning offers convenient, personalised and engaging learning experiences using the latest digital technologies. You will enjoy a rich, interactive, personal and empowering learning experience designed for postgraduate nurses.

Team-Based Learning (TBL), a specific educational strategy that involves individual preparation, team discussions and immediate class feedback, is conducted at Burwood (Melbourne). Team-Based Learning assists students to further develop their critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills by applying recently learnt knowledge to real clinical issues.

A compulsory introductory four-day program at Burwood (Melbourne) is normally held in the second week of February.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate course, students wishing to continue studies must enrol in H771 Master of Nursing Practice. Credit will be granted for units completed in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Critical Care).

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis must have completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, and must achieve a Distinction or above for 75% of the units undertaken in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice specialty course.

Clinical practice

Students normally are employed within a collaborating hospital for a minimum of 24 hours per week to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicums may be negotiated.

Fees and charges

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Course rules

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Certificate a student must complete a total of 4 credit points of compulsory units, normally taken over one year of part-time study.

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.

Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HNN751Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment *

HNN752Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient *

Trimester 2

HNN767Critical Care Nursing 1 *

HNN777Critical Care Nursing 2 *

* Domestic students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Most classes are conducted in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferenced live to other venues.