Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care
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Duration

1 Year Part-time

Study mode

Online

Intakes

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

The latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW 2017) stated that, in 2015: 8.7% of babies were born pre-term and of these, 81% were born between 32 and 36 completed weeks.

Neonatal care is not only required by babies born prematurely, but also by those born at term who are: high risk, have congenital anomalies and/or require surgery.

Neonatal nurses and midwives require advanced skills and knowledge to be able to provide evidence based care to these vulnerable newborns and their families.

Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017, Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief. Perinatal statistics series no. 33. Cat no. PER 91, AIHW: Canberra.

Studying neonatal care with ACN will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based care for the neonate and their family. 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 midwives. Our 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 such as neonatal intensive care or neonatal special care.

Course overview

The aim of this course is to enhance professional and ethical understanding of neonatal clinical practice, and increase knowledge and skills for the provision of evidence-based care: therefore improving the outcomes for sick and/or convalescing infants and their families.

The guiding principles sit within the holistic framework of culturally appropriate, individualised and developmentally supportive, family centred care.

The course aligns with the domains and standards for neonatal nurses (ACNN 2012) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice as members of interdisciplinary teams.

Graduates may use their extended knowledge in clinical specialties to develop their career pathway and may find employment in various specialist neonatal nursing, midwifery, educational and clinical leadership roles such as clinical nurse or midwifery specialists, or credit toward further studies at Masters level which may lead to higher leadership roles such as clinical nurse or midwifery consultant, nurse practitioner and research opportunities.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care 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 education, management, rural, remote nursing and midwifery as well as specialist nursing or midwifery roles.

On the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care, students will be better able to:

  • implement strategies to facilitate individualised developmentally supportive, family centred care integrating knowledge to practice
  • demonstrate their awareness of culturally appropriate care; including sensitivity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • examine evidence based specialist knowledge related to foetal development, antenatal considerations, pregnancy, birth and transition integrating knowledge to practice
  • analyse evidence based specialist knowledge and comprehensive patient assessment skills integrating knowledge to practice
  • evaluate clinical decision making skills, using the nursing process, collaboration and multiple modes of inquiry to enhance neonatal practice
  • evaluate leadership skills and promote collaboration with the health care team and other stakeholders
  • reflect on and appraise professional development activities across the spectrum of health care
  • examine quality improvement and reflection in complex neonatal environments to enhance contemporary neonatal practice.

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

Students will need to choose 1 stream – Neonatal Intensive Care or Neonatal Special Care. Students will need to complete 4 units, either 3 core and 1 specialty elective (Intensive Care stream) or 4 core units (Special Care stream). One unit is studied per term.

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

Units of study

Intensive care stream

Units of study in this stream focus on the wide range of conditions that present in the perinatal environment. Neonatal Care in the Perinatal Environment (300) focuses on several often intersecting populations including the extremely premature, sick term and infants requiring surgery. Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn (301) does not cover extreme prematurity and is designed for students working within specialist neonatal units attached to delivery suites or within children’s hospitals, which provide care for high risk infants and/or infants requiring surgery.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 010 1924 (July 2019 intake)

Term 1 - CoreApplied Neonatal Physiology (071), Tier 1
Term 2 - CoreAssessment of Growth and Development (255)*, Tier 1^
Term 3 - Specialty electiveChoose one specialty elective:
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2
*071 is a prerequisite to this unit and must be completed first.

Special care stream

Neonatal Special Care (207) aims to develop the student’s ability to evaluate and manage the wide array of conditions presenting in the special care environment.

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 010 1924 (July 2019 intake)

Term 1 - CoreApplied Neonatal Physiology (071), Tier 1
Term 2 - CoreAssessment of Growth and Development (255)*, Tier 1
Term 3 - CoreNeonatal Special Care (207), Tier 1
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2
*071 is a prerequisite to this unit and must be completed first.

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

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

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

Trish Lowe MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, BNurs, Grad Dip Mid, MMid, GC Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, GC Child and Family Health, CertIVTAE, Immunisation for RNs

Trish is responsible for the coordination of our Graduate Certificates in Neonatal Care and Aged Care Nursing. Trish is committed to advancing nurse leadership and advocating for the nursing and midwifery profession, by equipping nurses and midwives with the knowledge they require, to meet their mandatory registration requirements, especially pertaining to recency of practice and continuing professional development.

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.

Course codes: 10 010 1924 (July 2019 intake)

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Need more information? Register your interest to be contacted by a Nurse Educator who can discuss the course in further detail with you.

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