Course and Subject Handbook 2012 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing Science (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing Science (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a nursing degree or equivalent qualification, and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Certificates.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

It is recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience (or part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Certificate Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS5001:03 Applied Physiological Assessment

NS5002:03 Contemporary Issues in Specialised Practice


Select 6 credit points of specified NS level 5 subjects

NS5112:03 Physiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5113:03 Pathophysiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5225:03 Care of the ‘At Risk’ Newborn

NS5226:03 Infant Feeding and Nutrition

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project

NS5405:03 Introduction to Nurse Education

NS5406:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies

NS5501:03 Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Nursing

NS5604:03 Contemporary Issues in Ageing and Health

NS5605:03 Advanced Assessment of the Older Adult

NS5606:03 Clinical Management of the Older Adult in the Community

NS5607:03 Clinical Management of the Older Adult in Health Care Facilities

NS5710:03 Nursing Management Across the Health Sector

NS5730:03 Advanced Surgical Nursing

NS5740:03 Advanced Medical Nursing

NS5750:03 Dispute Resolution: A Nursing Perspective

NS5770:03 Nursing Leadership

NS5880:03 Managing Mental Health in General Health Settings

NS5907:03 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Illness







Expected time to complete

1 year part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 8 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable, this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing, Master of Nursing Studies, Master of Advanced Nursing Practice or Master of Nursing Leadership and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.