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

Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing Science (Specialist Paediatric Care)

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a Bachelor of Nursing from this or another university; or

Completion of other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences as equivalent to the above; or

In exceptional cases, submission of other 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 Specialised Practice

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project


Paediatric and Community Health Program (Queensland Health) (6 credit points)


Intensive Care - Paediatric Program (Queensland Health) (6 credit points)







Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 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 7 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

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.