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Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions affect an estimated 6.1 million Australians (approximately 28% of the total population) across all ages. Due to their diverse nature, there is considerable variation in the prevalence, treatment and management, and quality of life of people with these conditions across various life stages. (AIHW, 2014).
A Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic 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.
The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is designed for registered nurses working in a variety of orthopaedic environments. This course aims to cultivate excellence in the delivery of nursing care through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and clinical nursing.
Content includes exploration of the impact of acute and chronic illness, differentiation of the range of musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with trauma and emphasises assessment and management strategies within both the adult and paediatric setting.
Participants have an opportunity to expand their professional development and improve their research skills through online forums and discussion of professional and clinical issues. This online course uses a variety of learning modes including case studies, multimedia and discussion forums in a virtual classroom.
Graduates of this course will be better prepared to implement evidence-based practice and contemporary research to improve person outcomes.
A Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for the individuals under your care and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.
This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:
- apply specialist knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology of diseases and trauma to the nursing assessment and management of people undergoing orthopaedic procedures
- explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of people undergoing orthopaedic procedures
- demonstrate specialist knowledge, comprehensive assessment skills and evidence-based practice to improve orthopaedic nursing care
- evaluate complex clinical problems demonstrating a specialist approach to practice across the lifespan
- critically reflect on current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
- develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with stakeholders, support systems and the multidisciplinary team for a holistic approach to nursing care.
The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.
Students will need to complete 4 units – 3 core and 1 elective. 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||Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing (042), Tier 1|
|Term 3 - Elective||Choose one elective from the following:
|Term 4 - Core||Clinical Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing (922), Tier 1|
ACN offers one intake per year in January. Important dates including start and census dates can be found here.
|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*
*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
Kirsten Masters, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BN, MN (Critical Care), Cert IV TAE
Kirsten has been nursing for 10 years and has experience working in critical care settings, as well as experience as a nurse educator within other educational providers. You can see Kirsten on the TV show Kings Cross ER!
She is passionate about delivering quality education that will empower nurses to provide care that is of the highest standard.
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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“It has been a wonderful learning experience and I am able to use much of the relevant content within my practice. I have enjoyed my studies with ACN over the past 12 months very much and thank you all very much for your assistance.”
“I have really enjoyed doing this Post Grad Certificate despite the challenging times. I had not studied for 20 years and now i actually feel ready to study further. I was lucky to get a commonwealth place, so at times studying has felt as if I have had to cram it all in alongside working full time. But, I have survived! Thank You all so much for your time and help, it has been appreciated when I have felt overwhelmed with it all.”
“Just wanted to say thanks for being my tutor for the orthopaedic course. I have learnt so much which I’m sure will be a help in the clinical situation. Particularly enjoyed the online learning part of the course where it was possible to interact with other course participants. Thanking you once again.”
“It is amazing how much I have learnt this year and feel more confident in my workplace.”
“I am a registered nurse of four years’ experience, and I completed the graduate certificate in orthopaedic nursing at the ACN in 2015. My tutors, Robyn and Megan, were very helpful in supporting the students, sharing their knowledge via the online forums, and providing constructive feedback to assessment pieces. The content was presented in a way which was easy to follow and stimulated critical thinking. Ultimately, participation in this course has helped me develop both my competence and confidence in the area of orthopaedic nursing. The leadership themes throughout the subjects also translate easily into other areas of nursing, and I have seen a significant, positive transformation within my own role as a nurse leader.”
“After the final assessment I was with a new graduate nurse asking her to tell me about her patient. This patient was stable and I found myself asking her about the ‘potential complications’ the patient faced… and the words I had written in my essay came flooding back. I was very happy to link what I had learnt and written into practice. This unit helped me a lot to enhance my knowledge in relation to clinical setting.”
“CNnect has taken some getting used too but I have yet to find the “perfect” computer program. During the course I have visited the College at Parramatta and found the library staff very supportive and helpful and above all very pleasant to deal with. On my visits I asked if it was possible to speak with my Tutor and she had no problems in spending some time with me. She actually took time out to come and see me in the library. Her passion for this subject was obvious.”