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Thursday, 11 January, 2018

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There is a growing demand for registered nurses to demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills in a range of acute and clinical settings.

Postgraduate study is vital for nurses looking to take up leadership roles and gain the confidence to deliver high quality care. And with the ageing nursing workforce population, there are some real benefits to employers upskilling their staff and facilitating nurses to take up leadership positions and mentor other staff.

As a result, the University of Melbourne has developed the online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, with specialisations in cardiorespiratory or renal nursing.

Delivered online by leading experts in the nursing field, students will gain highly sought-after clinical knowledge and develop practical skills by undertaking workplace clinical assessments at their hospital. They’ll also build their confidence and clinical leadership skills to articulate and deliver high quality care.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice provides nurses with:

  • An in-depth understanding of the scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice that underpins acute care nursing practice
  • The ability to apply critical thinking skills to complex clinical situations to individuals who are acutely ill, and
  • Lifelong skills to facilitate knowledge and skill development as a specialty nurse.

Studying online with the University of Melbourne

Studying online gives nurses the flexibility to study when and where it suits them, including around shift work and family commitments. The online learning environment is rich and engaging, and students regularly interact with lecturers and peers.


Nurses can complete the Specialist Certificate in Nursing Practice in just two subjects (Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Specialty 1), and then decide if further study is right for them. They’ll be eligible for credit if they go on to study the graduate certificate. Alternatively, they can undertake Applied Pathophysiology as a single subject.

As a graduate of the graduate certificate, students will be eligible for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Please note, you must be nominated by your hospital to support you to undertake the clinical component of the course.

Visit the website at online.unimelb.edu.au/np to download a course guide and learn more about this course.

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