Course and Subject Handbook 2012 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing Science (Neonatal Care)

Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing Science (Neonatal Care)

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Must be registered as a nurse in Australia and:

  • have completed 12 months of clinical experience as a registered nurse; and

  • have completed a bachelor degree in a health related field, to an appropriate standard, at this or another University; or

  • hold equivalent qualifications;

  • or submit as an exceptional case such evidence of professional attainments including professional experience in nursing.

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.

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

NS5002:03 Contemporary Issues in Specialist Practice

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project

Advanced Standing

QH_CARE_NB QHealth Care of Newborn with Complex Health Needs

QH_FND_NNS QHealth Foundations of Neonatal Nursing


NS5225:03 Care of the ‘At Risk’ Newborn

NS5226:03 Infant Feeding and Nutrition


Students who have completed the QHealth Transitions Neonatal program will be able to choose subject NS5226:03 in the PGDip Neonatal Care course as an elective, therefore specified advanced standing will not be granted for NS5225 or NS5226.







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.