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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Specialization: Palliative Care Nursing

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • Online: AUD $8,000
  • Online

About the Course

Nurses spend the greatest period of time with patients at the end of their lives and are uniquely placed to shape and improve the delivery of palliative care services in countries around the world.

This course provides a systematic introduction to palliative care nursing concepts, emphasising the information and skills necessary to perform as a palliative care nurse in an average life health care context.

A distinguishing feature of this course is its emphasis on a person-centred approach to palliative care nursing, which will ensure the assurance and safety of caring for people with end-of-life conditions in acute care units, palliative care units, specialist haematology and oncology units, as well as aged care and community settings.

Simulated case studies and evaluations are used to help students gain an awareness of the specialised information, clinical reasoning, and skills necessary to care for persons with end-of-life conditions and their families. Students will develop confidence in their ability to use specialised information and skills acquired in a life span health care context.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing also serves as a gateway for students wanting to pursue a Master of Nursing degree in Australia, either on-campus or online.

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Details about the Course

Course Aims

Students may continue their education by enrolling in a Master of Nursing programme online or on campus. The course is designed to elevate students’ patient care to an international level by sharpening their theoretical foundations in nursing science as well as their practical knowledge and abilities.

  • AQF level 8
  • 26 weeks full time
  • Online
  • TEQSA accreditation

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Palliative care nursing specialisation an applicant is required to:

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence
  • Registered Nurses having a three-year Diploma Of Nursing qualification and at least three years of experience as a registered nurse are eligible to enrol in this course.
  • English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
    • Nurses currently registered and working in English Speaking Countries do not need this requirement. The recognised countries are: Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa, or
    • Direct entry through a pass in English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%
    • Applicants must have concurrent employment (or access) to Palliative care nursing settings and one-year of full‐time post‐registration clinical experience

Palliative care nurses work in diverse roles and places, including:

  • Pathway to Masters in Nursing
  • Palliative Care Registered Nurse
  • Entry pathway to palliative care nursing setting ,managing patients with complex health needs
  • Entry to find employment in Palliative Care Unit
  • Finding roles in community setting providing palliative care
  • Qualification gives you an opportunity to work as Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Clinical Support Nurse (CSN), and with experience Associate Nurse Manager of a unit and Team leader role
Course Structure and Delivery

Three units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing course. One core unit and two units of specialisation.

Unit Code
Unit Name
Credit Points

Rosanna (Online)

  • Jul 3, 2023
  • Sep 4, 2023
  • Nov 6, 2023
  • Jan 1, 2024
  • Mar 4, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • Jul 1, 2024
  • Sep 2, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024
Tuition Fee : AUD$8,000

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Applicable for International (1 year fee) and full-fee students. Not applicable for funding students.

  • Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Online” on the top right corner of the course page.
  • Interview: If you meet IHM’s eligibility criteria you’ll be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant.
  • Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you’ll be offered a place for the course.
  • Enrolment Fee: Once you sign the acceptance offer, an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  • Confirmation of Admission: Once you’ve paid the enrollment fee, we’ll send a confirmation of admission to you.

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