Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Gain the specialist nursing knowledge and skills to provide care and support before, during and after the administration of anaesthesia.

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International student information

Key facts


1 year part-time

Note: this course is only available part-time


Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Each year 2.8 million hospitalisations in Australia result in surgical interventions. Integral to these interventions are the perianaesthesia nurses providing care and support before, during and after the administration of anaesthesia. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing will equip you with the assessment, practical and communication skills needed to be a high-performing member of a multidisciplinary perioperative team.

Ranked 20th in the world^ our School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of Australia’s largest and most established schools. You’ll be learning from the best with the School’s cutting-edge research recognised as well above world standard#. Our strong industry connections mean you will be guided by experts in critical care and perioperative nursing as you explore the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework in which perianaesthesia nursing takes place.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career in the specialised field of perianaesthesia nursing?

As a graduate of Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing you will demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality, expert clinical decision-making abilities within a multidisciplinary team. Your specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care will allow you to practise effectively at an advanced practice level, ensuring you are well placed to meet the industry demand for nurses with specialty skills.

Elective units available from your first year enable you to pursue specific areas of interest and career goals. You can choose from complementary areas of practice to your specialisation, or undertake studies preparing you for roles in education, leadership or management.

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 nursing 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 will enable you to:

  • critically assess and apply the concepts and principles of anaesthetic management and postoperative care
  • develop an advanced understanding of pharmacological therapies including anaesthetic agents, adjunct therapies and pain management therapies
  • perform patient assessment and monitoring of neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory and haemodynamic states
  • manage complex and special populations to identify risk and inform decisions that deliver safe, high quality nursing care to promote optimal patient outcomes
  • assess and manage anaesthetic requirements for complex patients and emergency presentations
  • demonstrate skills in advanced monitoring and postoperative anaesthesia care following complex and specialty surgery. 

Graduates are prepared to handle the contemporary challenges perianaesthesia nurses may face in 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. 

*Australia’s hospitals at a glance 2022 - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australian Government (2022)
^2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects
#Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing

2024 course information

Deakin code
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 Perianaesthesia Nursing students must attain 4 credit points comprising of 2 core units and 2 credit points of course electives.

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 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.

Note: Students wishing to complete a thesis at the masters level, must complete HNN730 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and HNN749 Patient and Risk Management during their Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in order to gain the Perianaesthesia Nursing Specialisation at the masters level.



Core units

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
  • Plus 1 credit point course elective or specialisation unit

    Semester 2

  • Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
  • Plus 1 credit point course elective or specialisation unit

    Perianaesthesia Specialisation

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Course Electives

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Contemporary Approaches to Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Intakes by location

    This course commences in Semester 1 only. It is available across all nominated locations.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

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

    Course duration

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


    As an online student in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting online and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. Refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    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.

    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 could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got 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 Perianaesthesia Nursing, students have the option to further their studies by articulating into the below course:

    H669 Graduate Diploma of Perianaesthesia Nursing


    Career outcomes

    With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered by 2026*, there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Our Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing will allow you to meet that demand in a variety of roles across advanced practice, leadership and management.

    *2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission

    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 perianaesthesia nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care. 


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

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant perianaesthesia 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 perianaesthesia care setting. 

    Problem solving

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


    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection and personal autonomy as a perianaesthesia nurse.


    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.