Emergency nursing


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

Get work-ready

You’ll graduate ready to handle the contemporary challenges nurses face, with courses that respond to industry trends and demands, as well as expectations from professional bodies. 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 emergency nursing with one of our numerous metropolitan, rural and regional health partners across Australia.


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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Career opportunities

With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses by 2026,* there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Our postgraduate emergency nursing courses allow you to meet that demand in a variety of roles across advanced practice, leadership, management and education in regional, rural or metropolitan emergency departments.

Choosing the right course

Deakin’s emergency nursing speciality courses are offered at a postgraduate level. You can study at either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level; or choose to specialise in emergency care as part of the Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing.

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 programs.

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

Advance your career

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 (QPS) and in partnership with several major healthcare providers. Our school is ranked 20th in the world,^ and the school’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.#

Learn more about researching with us

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

Postgraduate emergency nursing graduate

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.

Learn more about our partners

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*2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission.
^2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
#Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.