Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing
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Duration

1 Year Part-time

Study mode

Online

Intakes

January, April, July & October

FEE-HELP

Available

“Skin diseases are amongst the most common health problems worldwide. The burden of skin disease is a multidimensional concept that encompasses psychological, social and financial consequences of the skin disease on the patients, their families and on society.” (Basra and Shahrukn 2009).

Course overview

The course is designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians whom are working or would like to work in the diverse environment offering dermatological procedures. The course aims to provide nurses with an advanced knowledge of all aspects of dermatological nursing within a legal and ethical framework that reflects current best practice. To work within the specialty nurses require an advanced dermatological and pharmacological knowledge, and an appreciation of the psychological and emotional needs of the people they are treating. Students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on experience and critique dermatology practice in light of current literature and research. The course also aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership.

This postgraduate course is unique to ACN and has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association (ADNA).

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Dermatology 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.

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • apply specialist knowledge of anatomy and physiology used, to the nursing assessment and management of people undergoing dermatological treatments
  • analyse the principles of therapeutic treatments to apply to the delivery of holistic person centred care
  • develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with patients, stakeholders and the multidisciplinary team
  • critically reflect upon current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
  • explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of patients undergoing dermatological procedures
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care in the dermatology specialty.

The Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 core units. One unit is studied per term.

Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.

Units of study

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 019 2308 (January 2023 intake)
10 019 2309 (July 2023 intake)

Term 1 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2
Term 2 - CoreApplied Dermatological Anatomy and Physiology (308), Tier 3
Term 3 - CoreFoundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (311)*, Tier 4
Term 4 - CoreAdvanced Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (313)*, Tier 4
*Foundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (311) and Advanced Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (313) require 40 hours clinical placement each.

ACN offers two intakes per year in January and July. Important dates including start and census dates can be found here.

Flexible intakes in April and October may be available, please contact our Customer Services team for further details.

Fees

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

Fees are subject to change without notice.

ACN offers a flexible payment option allowing students to pay their fees on a term-by-term basis. Each term’s fees are due upfront, prior to term commencement.

FEE-HELP is also available for eligible students. Further information can be found here.

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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
  • hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English language skills registration standard (nursing and midwifery) – please refer to the AHPRA website to download the standard
  • have a minimum of one year of postgraduate experience; and
  • be currently employed in the clinical area of specialisation*

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

*The below courses contain a compulsory clinical placement component and do not require applicants to be employed in the clinical area of specialisation:

  • Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Further details are available on our Clinical Placement Information page, click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the Clinical Placement Officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for clinical placement

Students can be granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) for clinical placement if:

  • you have been in employment in the area of specialty for at least six months (full time equivalent).

Documentation that will be accepted as evidence:

  • A position description for role with a letter from your employer stating that you have been in their employment for at least six months (full time equivalent)
  • If you are your own employer then you can use your own company profile as evidence
  • A statutory declaration if you are not able to provide either of the above

Please note there is no charge for this application of RPL and students will still have to complete the online learning units of study and the associated assessment items.

Ross Pancho

Ross Pancho MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BScN, MN (ClinEd), Certificate IV (TAE40116)
e: ross.pancho@acn.edu.au

Ross Pancho is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing and previously coordinating the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry). He will be coordinating the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health on its first launch.

Ross has over 15 years of experience in both clinical and teaching specialties. He has been working as a nurse educator and course coordinator for various educational organisations delivering and coordinating sessions for Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs) and diploma of nursing. He also has extensive clinical experience primarily in pre and post-operative acute nursing care for various acute and cardiac/vascular cases.

Jamie-May Newman

Jamie-May Newman, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BN, TAE, MNurs (MgtLship), GradCertCosNurs, GradCertNurs (ClinEd)
e: jamie-may.newman@acn.edu.au

Jamie-May Newman is the course coordinator for both the Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing.

With a strong passion for education she has supported nursing students of all years and cultural backgrounds in developing a deeper understanding of cosmetic and dermatology nursing practices.

Please ensure you read all course information, make sure you meet entry requirements and have all clinical placement documentation ready prior to commencing the application form.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Course codes: 10 019 2308 (January 2023 intake)
10 019 2309 (July 2023 intake)

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Contact us

For general course information:
Customer Services
t: 02 9745 7500
e: customerservices@acn.edu.au