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Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Take the next step in your career as a registered nurse and develop specialist cardiac nursing knowledge and skills to be a high-performing team member.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year part-time

Note: this course is only available part-time

Locations

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Cardiovascular diseases cause 27% of deaths in Australia.* As a registered nurse, Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing will equip you with the analytical, practical, communication and leadership skills needed to be a high-performing member of a multidisciplinary health team across a range of specialist cardiac settings.

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery has state-of-the-art facilities and is one of Australia’s most established and largest. Ranked #16 in the world^, the School’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.# Our strong industry connections mean you will be guided through world-class course work by experts in cardiac care nursing.

Are you ready to be part of the future of cardiac care?

If you want to take the next step in your nursing career, our Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing prepares you to practise effectively at an advanced practice level in cardiac care settings. As a graduate you will demonstrate ethical, safe, high-quality, expert clinical decision-making abilities within an interdisciplinary team, and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

Deakin’s strong industry connections ensure a high level of collaboration and support during your clinical practice. This means that while you study you can immerse yourself in your specialty practice area with one of our numerous metropolitan, rural and regional health partners across Australia.

Our innovative online program delivers a rich, interactive and empowering learning experience designed for postgraduate nurses. Live-streaming seminars and class discussions will encourage critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills. Australia’s top-rated tech support and access to our expert teaching staff means you can learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you, without compromising quality or support.

This course enables you to:

  • evaluate and intervene in response to complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources
  • develop an advanced understanding of normal physiology, and the pathophysiology of illness and injury of critically ill patients
  • perform focused, systematic and methodical patient assessments
  • demonstrate advanced clinical judgement leading to autonomous decision-making
  • assess and manage patients with a variety of complex cardiovascular conditions
  • understand the risk management and quality nursing care required for cardiac patients undergoing interventional procedures
  • explore advanced interventional treatment modalities.

Graduates are prepared to handle the contemporary challenges nurses may face in cardiac nursing and interventional cardiology with a course that responds to industry trends and demands. You will learn how to make a difference through roles in areas such as practice, education, leadership and research.

* Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care.
^ 2023 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
# Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
H565
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing, students must attain 4 credit points of core (compulsory) units, 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.

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

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Semester 1 Entry

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Core Principles of Critical Care Nursing (2 credit points)
  • Semester 2

  • Cardiac Nursing (2 credit points)
  • Semester 2 entry

    Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Core Principles of Critical Care Nursing (2 credit points)
  • Semester 2

  • Cardiac Nursing (2 credit points)
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Semester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    To undertake this course you must independently secure employment of at least 24 hours per week in a cardiac care setting within a collaborating hospital in Australia.

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in accessing or undertaking clinical requirements.

    Workload

    As a student in the Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing you can expect to participate in a range of teaching and learning activities each week. You will attend online synchronous study days and complete asynchronous guided learning modules. There are also additional self-directed study commitments to complete both university and clinical assessment tasks.

    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Please note, there are limited places in this course and entry is competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications for this course may close prior to the published closing date if all places are filled.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet all the following criteria:

    • completion of a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
    • registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia with no conditions or restrictions
    • evidence of secure, ongoing employment of at least 24 hours per week in a collaborating hospital within Australia, working in a relevant speciality practice area with appropriate clinical supervision

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Non-academic requirements

    As the specialisation pathways courses are offered collaboratively between the University and a range of partnership/ collaborating hospitals, student selection into the course is a joint process. Students must independently apply for and seek permanent employment within a collaborating hospital to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. 

    Applicants are required to complete an Applicant Declaration form to be uploaded with their application.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. 

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.  

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Applicant declaration

    Applicants must complete the Applicant declaration as part of their application.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing, students have the option to further their studies by articulating into the below course:

    H665 Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    With job growth of 12.2% projected for registered nurses by 2028,** there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Our Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing will allow you to meet that demand in advanced practice, leadership, management and education across a range of settings including:

    • acute cardiac units
    • cardiac catheter laboratories
    • coronary care units
    • clinical nurse educator
    • cardiac rehabilitation and community care.

    ** Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections

    Professional recognition

    Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance for postgraduate qualifications relevant to their practice.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate safe psychomotor skills and clinical practice commensurate with cardiac care nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

    Communication

    Demonstrate communication skills to develop and implement plans of care to ensure the delivery of quality, safe nursing care to patients in the cardiac care setting.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant cardiac care information to patients and/or the multidisciplinary team

    Critical thinking

    Identify and evaluate complex data from multiple sources to inform clinical decision making in the cardiac care setting.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialised nursing knowledge and skills to routine and complex problems in the cardiac care setting to optimise patient outcomes.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection, and personal autonomy as a cardiac nurse

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain inclusive, collaborative professional relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team.

    Global citizenship

    Display accountability for, and sound professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical principles of practice within diverse social, cultural, and environmental contexts.