Emergency care nursing


Emergency nurses provide care for patients with trauma, illness and injury. With our postgraduate emergency care course, you’ll be prepared for advanced practice caring for patients who present to hospital emergency departments.

Deakin's nursing courses: ranked in the top 28 universities in the world*
Online learning: our Master of Nursing Practice is delivered online

Career opportunities

This postgraduate specialist course links theoretical content and practice, and prepares you for advanced practice, leadership and management in your specialist field.

You'll gain the skills, knowledge and attributes to work in a rural, regional or major metropolitan emergency department.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Choosing the right course

Deakin’s emergency care specialty course is undertaken at a postgraduate level through the Master of Nursing Practice. Students can exit at either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level or may choose to continue on and complete the Master of Nursing Practice.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course in nursing before moving on to our specialised postgraduate program.

Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other nursing disciplines.

The students in the course come from a variety of critical care areas; this has been extremely beneficial for our learning, as we all bring different clinical experiences and backgrounds to the classroom.

Carissa Trotter

Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Emergency Care)

Advance your career

Our teaching approach ensures you develop skills in critical thinking, high-quality patient care delivery, teamwork, communication and triaging – all attributes highly valued in emergency departments.

Research with us

Research at the school is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers.


Who we work with

The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver our specialist postgraduate programs.

Students undertaking our postgraduate courses are normally employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of the course while undertaking the theoretical learning through Deakin.

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.


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