The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to rural critical care nursing. Students develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to critically ill or injured individuals in rural environments. On completion students have the clinical competencies to practice rural critical care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care) is a 50 credit point, part-time, clinical coursework program of one year's duration. Students typically take four 12.5 credit point subjects across a year. Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Rural Critical care work environment.
The course delivers theoretical content through a combination of on-line study and face-to-face course delivery at the partner hospital for the clinical speciality. The students’ employing hospital provides clinical practice in a hospital setting.
Students complete 50 credit points of study part-time, over a year, commencing in January with an on-line subject, completing a face-to-face subject at the partner hospital each semester and a supervised clinical practice subject at their employing hospital across the whole study period.