This course is designed for registered nurses who are required to perform Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST) at part of their roles. The purpose of the course is to provide you with a theoretical framework that you can use in your clinical practice when you administer, read, interpret and document TST. At the completion of the course you will be able to demonstrate practical and theoretical competency.
February – December
Online + clinical component
Tuberculosis and tuberculin skin testing
- Tuberculosis pathology
- Tuberculin skin testing
There are two components of this course: theory and clinical.
The course will take you about 25 hours to complete, this is made up of reading, studying and research associated with the learning guide, resources, completion of the assessments, and completion of the clinical component. The theoretical component of this course is conducted online using ACN’s learning platform — CNnect.
The clinical component of this course is conducted in your nominated workplace. You will need to demonstrate proficiency in clinical skills for TST. The clinical skills component of this course has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the Authorisation to Supply Restricted Substances issued under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW), January 2014.
Students are supported by the tutor and nurse educator, and students are encouraged to maintain regular contact.
All applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:
- Hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse equivalent qualification
- Be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
- Hold a certificate of completion for 046 Immunisation for Registered Nurses or 306 Immunisation for Health Practitioners from the Australian College of Nursing
- Hold a current CPR or BLS certificate for a course with a practical component
- Have a written approval from the Local Health District/Network TB Coordinator
Textbooks and resources
There are no prescribed textbooks for this course. Resources are made available online.
Students who have successfully completed this course will be awarded with a Statement of Attainment and 25 CPD hours.
|CPD hours:||25 hours|
|Mode of delivery:||Online, plus clinical component|
|Course dates:||Monthly – commencing first Monday of each month (except January)
February: 3/02/2020 - 15/03/2020
March: 2/03/2020 - 12/04/2020
April: 6/04/2020 - 17/05/2020
May: 4/05/2020 - 14/06/2020
June: 1/06/2020 - 12/07/2020
July: 6/07/2020 - 16/08/2020
August: 3/08/2020 - 13/09/2020
September: 7/09/2020 - 18/10/2020
October: 5/10/2020 - 15/11/2020
November: 2/11/2020 - 13/12/2020
December: 7/12/2020 - 31/01/2021
|Closing date for enrolments:||Four weeks prior to course commencement.|
How to apply
ACN members: $222.30
In addition to the course fees, students will be expected to meet all costs incurred in completion of assessments and clinical placement.
*Fees are subject to change without notice.
- RNs working in NSW with current NMBA registration and current CPR or BLS certificate
- Successful completion of 046 Immunisation for Registered Nurses or 306 Immunisation for Health Practitioners
- Students must have written approval from the NSW Local Health District/Network TB Coordinator to enrol in this course
To get the most out of your experience on CNnect, you will need to have confidence with working online. If you can do the things in the list below, you should be fine – if not, you may need to seek some support from a friend or colleague.
- I have internet access
- I can send an email
- I can attach a file to an email
- I can open a browser
- I can navigate to a website using a browser
- I can download a file to my computer
- I can save a file to my computer
- I can use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
- I can cut/copy and paste from one document to another document
- I can change my screen resolution (make the page appear bigger or smaller on the screen)
Recommended minimum system requirements
|512 MB RAM||512 MB RAM|
|6 GB HDD||6 GB HDD|
|300Mhz Processor||Intel based processor|
|1280 x 1024 resolution display preferred (notebooks may operate on other resolutions)||1280 x 1024 display|
|Windows XP or later operating systems||OSX 10.5.x or later|
|CD/DVD drive||CD/DVD drive|
|Speakers (either in-built or external) and microphone (preferably external)||Speakers (either in-built or external) and microphone (preferably external)|
|Google Chrome (latest version), Mozilla Firefox (latest version)||Safari or Mozilla Firefox (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)|
|Ability to save files in Microsoft Office format||Ability to save files in Microsoft Office format or equivalent e.g. Open Office, Viewer|
|Latest version of Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader||Latest version of Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader|
N.B. Internet explorer is not recommended.
Frequently asked questions
What is the purpose of this course?
This course has been designed to aid authorised nurse immunisers in NSW to competently assess clients for risks, signs and symptoms of tuberculosis; to safely administer TSTs without the direction of a Medical Officer within NSW; accurately read and document reactions and to review TST policy and procedures.
This course will benefit your practice by helping you to develop a better understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to competently deliver a professional immunisation service to the community.
How is this course delivered?
There are 2 components in this course:
- The theoretical component of the course is conducted online through guided study. The online learning environment used in ACN is called CNnect.
- The clinical skills component of this course is conducted within your nominated area.
Will I have support?
As an enrolled student, you will have access to:
- a tutor who is highly experienced in the field of immunisation and tuberculosis
- a nurse educator/course coordinator with tuberculosis immunisation experience who can provide similar assistance to your tutor
- IT support when you encounter issues associated with the technical aspects of CNnect.
What are the learning outcomes of this course?
Tuberculosis and tuberculin skin testing. Upon successful completion of this course it is anticipated you will be better able to:
- consolidate your knowledge of the immunophysiology and immunopathology of TB
- review the relevant NSW Health Policy directives relating to TSTs Immunisation: Tuberculosis
- describe the purpose of and the response to TST
- describe the TST procedure
- demonstrate theoretical and practical proficiency in the administration, reading and response to TST
- review the relevant NSW Health Policy Directives.
How is the course structured and what content do you cover?
Students will be guided by the study and assessment timetable for this 6 week course.
This course will enable the RN to competently assess clients for risks, signs and symptoms of tuberculosis; to safely administer TSTs; accurately read and document reactions and to review TST policy and procedures
This course is a pre-requisite if you wish to enrol in 297 Immunisation: Tuberculosis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), please access the course information page for further information.
What are the course assessment items?
For you to be authorised to carry out TSTs without the direction of a medical officer you must complete the following components:
- Online theory – short essays and case study
- Clinical skills assessment
How do I enrol?
To enrol, you will need to complete and return the application form, and submit to the Customer Services team via the following ways.
- Email: email@example.com ; or
- Post to:
Customer Services, Australian College of Nursing
PO Box 650
Parramatta NSW 2124
Please provide copies of the documents listed in the admission criteria. If these documents are not submitted, you will not be able to enrol. If your registration lapses during your course, your certificate cannot be sent to you upon completion of the course.
Can I claim this course as a tax deductible expense?
It is best to speak to your accountant or contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Can I pay for this course in installments?
Full payment must be received prior to the commencement of the course.