Graduate Certificate in
Advanced Nursing (Perioperative Nursing)

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • Online: AUD $8000.00
  • Online

About the Course

Perioperative nurses work with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. They help plan, implement and evaluate treatment of the surgical patient and may work closely with the patient, family members, and other health care professionals.

This course provides a structured introduction to the principles of perioperative nursing, laying the groundwork for the knowledge and skills necessary to practise as a perioperative nurse who provides client-centered care prior to, during, and after surgical and invasive procedures in a variety of healthcare settings (hospitals; day surgery centres; endoscopy suites).

A distinguishing element of this course is the focus on a person-centered approach to perioperative nursing, which will give advocacy, assurance, quality, and safety of care to clients who are unable to communicate throughout the surgical process.

Students will be encouraged to participate actively in class discussions or online forums centred on assigned case studies in order to apply and integrate theoretical content, using an evidence-based approach while assessing, collecting data, and implementing a care plan for individuals prior to, during, and after surgery in a surgical environment.

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

  • Critically review the principles, scope and components of Perioperative nursing in terms of nursing intervention and management in different healthcare settings. 
  • Explore and implement an evidence-based and person-centred care approach to nursing assessments and interventions related to clients before, during and after surgery.
  • Critically discuss aspects of a team approach in meeting a client’s specific immediate individual person-centred needs before, during and after surgery. 
  • Critically examine the importance of the person-centred care approach to ethical-medico legal needs in an operative setting being conscious of the individual needs of clients from various cultural groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
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 – Perioperative 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
  • English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
    • IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE/other recognised English examination
    • 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 Perioperative care nursing and one- year of full‐time post‐registration clinical experience.
Course Structure and Delivery

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

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  • 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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