Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing
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1 Year Part-time

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January & July



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.

Course overview

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.

Career 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 orthopaedic conditions
  • explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of orthopaedic conditions
  • 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, families 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 typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 017 2215 (January 2022 intake)
10 017 2216 (July 2022 intake)

Term 1 - CorePrinciples of Orthopaedic Nursing (042), Tier 1
Term 2 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 4 - CoreClinical Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing (922), Tier 1

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


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
  • 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
  • Unique Student Identifier

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

Sinu Thomas

Sinu Thomas, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BN, MN, Grad Dip (critical care), Cert IV TAE, Grad cert (emergency nursing)

Sinu Thomas is the course coordinator for GC Acute Care Nursing and Orthopaedic Nursing.

Sinu’s 17 years of nursing experience includes age care, medical (cardiac), surgical and emergency nursing (14 years). Sinu has worked in both leadership and educator roles. Sinu is passionate about education and believes it is the key component to ensuring quality nursing care, improved patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction.

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: 10 017 2215 (January 2022 intake)
10 017 2216 (July 2022 intake)

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