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ACN is proud to be the only online provider of the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. Guided by the philosophy of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) and the core values of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) this course equips nurses who want to specialise in this field with the knowledge and the clinical skills to excel. 

Stomal Therapy Nursing

Studying with ACN will provide you with the knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based care for patients who are referred to a stomal therapy nurse. 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 students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our core subjects allow students to further explore wound and continence management as well as the principles of stomal therapy.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

The Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy nursing provides the opportunity to develop the attributes of a specialist nurse, adopting an active role in stomal therapy, wound management and continence management. The course aims to provide students with the broad theoretical framework for the stomal therapy nurse role and the ability to competently provide comprehensive nursing care for clients who have had, or are about to have, stoma formation, wounds or fistulae. The units of study provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide holistic nursing care to promote continence, effectively evaluate stomal therapy interventions with particular attention to the patient’s adaptation in the long term and the ability to effectively assess, manage and evaluate wounds or incontinence in a variety of health care settings. The course has a strong clinical focus and the compulsory professional experience placement will expand the nurses’ health assessment knowledge and skills applied to care of patients with stomas, wounds or incontinence problems

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will: 

  • Demonstrate a specialist knowledge base through the development of comprehensive assessment skills, and the competent provision, coordination and management of care for stomal patients and their families 
  • Develop and enhance clinical decision-making skills using multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach 
  • Develop the skills to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with stomal therapy clients, family and/or significant others 
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and reflection to provide comprehensive patient care based on current literature and best practice 
  • Develop confidence and competency in undertaking the professional, ethical and social responsibilities commensurate to the stomal nursing role and develop their ability to facilitate nursing practice that helps empower the person to play an active role in their health care 
  • Develop leadership and educational skills in the clinical setting in order to provide coaching and support for other clinicians and an overall contribution to the health care team

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 013 1618

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee* 

078*

Professional issues in stomal therapy

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 4

C = Core

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 013 1719

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee* 

050

Wound management

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 2

044*

Principles of stoma care

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 4

045*

Continence management

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 4

078*

Professional issues in stomal therapy

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 4

C = Core

Code

Units of study 

Type

10 013 1719

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee* 

050

Wound management

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

044*

Principles of stoma care

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 4

045*

Continence management

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 4

078*

Professional issues in stomal therapy

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 4

C = Core

*Special considerations/mandatory requirements

044

Professional experience placement 40hrs

045

Professional experience placement 40hrs

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy 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 specialist stomal therapy nursing roles. 

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements And General Information

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Kath Sharples, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RGN, RNT, MA, PGDip, PGCert, BN, FHEA, MACN

Kath Sharples is a registered nurse with a specialist knowledge in work-based learning and self-regulatory professional development. Her strengths are in designing and evaluating practice based educational programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare professionals. She has international experience in both operational and strategic education leadership within in academic institutions, public healthcare organisations and aged care. Her expertise includes the strategic planning and delivery of innovative, evidenced-based approaches to nurse education and translating these into opportunities for continuing professional development. Kath is the author of four nursing education books and holds dual qualification as a Registered Nurse in Australia and the UK. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Kingston University, London) and is very proud to be working as a Nurse Educator with the Australian College of Nursing.