1 Year Part-time
January & July
Studying the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health with ACN aims to provide nurses with knowledge and understanding of all aspects of digital health within a professional legal, moral and ethical framework that reflects current best practices.
The course is designed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses working in the diverse digital health environment and who wishes to extend their skills in digital healthcare.
Students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on and critique their experiences considering current literature and research. The course aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership.
This course is fully accredited with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and is equivalent to 24 credit points. Students who exit the graduate certificate before completion will receive a statement of attainment for any units that have been successfully completed. The completed course may articulate into a Master’s program of study.
A Graduate Certificate in Digital Health is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality nursing care. Postgraduate qualifications are a valuable tool in career progression and open doors to opportunities in a variety of roles, including education, management and specialist nursing roles.
At successful completion of the course students should be able to:
- apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the nurse working in the digitalised health environment to practice
- analyse complex clinical data integrity problems using critical thinking and multiple modes of inquiry
- critically analyse current literature regarding data use and nursing practice in digitalised health environments
- model the skills and abilities that provide a foundation for future leadership roles in digitalised healthcare environments
- critically reflect on personal values and ethics as central to the development of culturally safe practice in digitalised health environments.
The Graduate Certificate in Digital Health 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 type||Unit name & pricing||
|Term 1 - Core||Advancing Professional Practice (340)*, Tier 1|
|Term 2 - Core||Understanding Data in Health Care (321)*, Tier 2|
|Term 3 - Core||Principles of Healthcare Digitalisation (322), Tier 2|
|Term 4 - Core||Digital Healthcare Governance (325), Tier 2|
|*Advancing Professional Practice (340) can be taken in either term 1 or term 2, and can be interchanged with Understanding Data in Healthcare (321). Both serve as prerequisite units prior to terms 3 and 4.
In term 3, the core unit is Principles of Healthcare Digitalisation (322), which must be completed as a pre-requisite for the term 4 unit, Digital Health Governance (325).
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.
|Tiers||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price||2024 Member price (10% discount)||2024 Non-member price|
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*
Please note: this course is not available to direct entry midwives.
*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
Ross Pancho MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BScN, MN (ClinEd), GC Digital Health, Certificate IV (TAE40116)
Ross Pancho is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health Nursing and the Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Nursing. He was previously coordinating the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic and Dermatology Nursing and the Graduate Certificate in Bridging and Re-entry to Practice.
Ross has nearly 20 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. Ross has recently completed his Graduate Certificate in Digital Health.
Please ensure you read all course information and make sure you meet entry requirements prior to commencing the application form.
Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.
We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care professionals to study this course. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person we encourage you to let us know in your application. If you require assistance with completing your application or support during the course, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
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