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It is estimated that 16,084 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2016, advances in treatments mean that there is now a 90% chance of surviving at least 5 years from diagnosis.

Cancer Australia 2016

Intakes

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

Duration

1 Year Part Time

Study mode

Online

Why study this course

Studying breast cancer nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of breast cancer nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based breast cancer care. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses for nurses, and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to breast cancer nursing.

ACN has proudly been providing education to McGrath Foundation nurses since 2013.

Course overview

The course aligns with the Specialist Breast Nurse Competency Standards and associated educational requirements (NBCC 2005) and the National educational framework for cancer nurses (EdCaN 2009). It responds to industry requirements by preparing graduates for specialist breast cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of breast cancer care.

Through critical analysis and reflection students are given the opportunity to evaluate their clinical and educational requirements to promote professional development for Specialist Breast Cancer Nursing care and lifelong learning. The course also supports development in clinical leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants or breast cancer nurse coordinators. The course focus includes the continuum of breast cancer care, evidence based practice, future trends and the impact of breast cancer on individuals, their families and communities.

Learning outcomes

This course is designed to develop an understanding of breast cancer nursing with a strong clinical focus. It enables students to:

  • demonstrate specialist knowledge that informs evidence based breast cancer nursing practice for the provision and coordination of patient care
  • develop specialist clinical practice and advance their clinical decision making skills for the assessment and management of patients with breast cancer
  • engage in and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients, their significant others and other members of the multidisciplinary care team
  • develop professional and educational leadership skills to provide support for other clinicians and provide an overall contribution to the multi-disciplinary breast cancer care team
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care for patients diagnosed with breast cancer
  • examine their ability to reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of patients with breast cancer and their families and carers.

Units of study

CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 004 1817 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE* 
112Breast cancersC22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 2
279Breast cancer treatmentsC16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
113Assessing and managing adult painE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
217Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer careE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
925 #Leadership and professional practiceE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
280Continuum of care in breast cancer nursingC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 004 1818 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
112Breast cancersC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
925 #Leadership and professional practiceE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
279Breast cancer treatmentsC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
113Assessing and managing adult painE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
217Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer careE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
280Continuum of care in breast cancer nursingC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 004 1919 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE* 
112Breast cancersC21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
279Breast cancer treatmentsC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult painE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
217Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer careE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
280Continuum of care in breast cancer nursingC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 004 1920 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
112Breast cancersC8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
279Breast cancer treatmentsC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult painE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
217Chemotherapy and other systemic treatments in cancer careE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
280Continuum of care in breast cancer nursingC13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)

# 925 Leadership and professional practice is Tier 1 pricing for 2018 only. Fee will increase to Tier 2 from January 2019.

Where this qualification can take you

A Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Tiers2018 Non-member price2018 Member price
(10% discount)
2019 Non-member price2019 Member price
(10% discount)
Tier 1$2,100.00$1,890.00$2,165.00$1,948.50
Tier 2$2,420.00$2,178.00$2,475.00$2,227.50
Tier 3$2,800.00$2,520.00$2,915.00$2,623.50
Tier 4$3,375.00$3,037.50$3,475.00$3,127.50
2019 pricing will apply to all subjects commencing from January 2019.

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some PG units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Testimonial

“The ACN has been providing education to McGrath Breast Care Nurses since 2013.

The Graduate Certificate in Breast Care Nursing that we encourage our nurses to complete provides specialist knowledge that has a strong clinical foundation that builds on and leverages existing knowledge and skills and ultimately contributes to evidence based best-practice.

The course is also aligned with breast care nursing competency frameworks and nationally recognised educational frameworks, which is very reassuring. Course content spans the breadth of the breast cancer experience with a focus on multidisciplinary well-coordinated care. The embedding of leadership capabilities throughout each module allows our nurses to expand their skill base and develop competencies in for example, communication and team work-vital aspects of their roles. Feedback from our nurses has always been extremely positive in relation to course content, materials and support.”

– Jane Mahony
Mission Programmes Director, McGrath Foundation

Breast cancer nurse practicum

The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) developed this program to support rural and remote nurses to gain a better understanding of the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with breast cancer, within a multidisciplinary setting. This program offers students the opportunity to access blended learning through a 5 day face to face program in a speciality unit, with learning supported by access to online resources.

For more details please click here.

McGrath Foundation nurses

The McGrath Foundation Nurses enrolment form is the application form to be completed by nurses currently working for the McGrath Foundation who wish to enrol in the Graduate Certificate Breast Cancer nursing or one of the units of study associated with this course.

To access the enrolment form please click here.

Diva Madan

Meet your Nurse Educator

Diva Madan, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MN clinical education, BN, BSc, DN, Cert IV TAE

Diva coordinates both our Graduate Certificates in Breast Cancer Nursing and Cancer Nursing.

Diva has great passion for clinical teaching and truly enjoys going beyond the essential elements of the curriculum, teaching learners to be creative, curious and critical thinkers.

Student testimonials

Hear straight from our students about their experiences with ACN’s Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing.