Courses Handbook 2010

311750 v.1 Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course is designed to prepare registered nurses for the diverse role of the child and adolescent health nurse. Key elements of the curriculum are professional accountability, evidenced-based practice, partnership models and competence to practice. To provide for the development of competency in clinical decision making and clinical judgment, the curriculum includes a preceptored clinical practicum.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must be registered in Division One with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), or its equivalent. Alternate mode of entry (non-degree) will be offered to nurses registered in Division One with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia but without an undergraduate degree. Non-degree students must meet the School of Nursing and Midwifery's criteria for alternate mode of entry. Nurses who do not have a comprehensive or midwifery qualification will be required to complete a maternity nursing program prior to entry.

Special Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.


Students are advised that a Criminal Record Screening and Clearance may be required for students in specific courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.Please refer to the general section of the handbook.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is two semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Intermediate Awards 1

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health

Course Organisation

Students will complete the clinical practice unit of this course in an approved community agency under the preceptorship of a community health nurse.

Professional Recognition

Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions in child and adolescent health (child health, school health or general community health).

Career Opportunities

Potential employment for graduates may exist in child and adolescent health practice in metropolitan, rural and remote area settings.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
306931 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Primary Health Care 561 6.0 25.0
307498 v.2   Child and Adolescent Nursing Specialisation 562 8.0 50.0
307499 v.2   Child and Adolescent Nursing Practice 562 36.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
306934 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Promoting Health 561 6.0 25.0
307495 v.1   Developmental Health 561 4.0 25.0
Optional Units (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
13162 v.2   Public Health Nutrition 681 3.0 25.0
13183 v.3   Nutrition Promotion 682 4.0 25.0
301948 v.3   International Health and Primary Health Care 600 8.0 25.0
301952 v.3   Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries 600 8.0 25.0
306933 v.1   Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Health Care Practice 561 6.0 25.0
307449 v.1   Counselling Theory and Practice (1) 512 3.0 25.0
307450 v.3   Ethics and Self-Awareness 511 3.0 25.0
307496 v.1   Immunisation 562 4.0 25.0
308427 v.1   Refugee and Migrant Health 600 8.0 25.0
311202 v.1   Groups Counselling 500 3.0 25.0
311225 v.1   Clinical Leadership 561 3.0 25.0
5755 v.6   Managerial Effectiveness 571 39.0 25.0
NB      Students may select an optional unit from any postgraduate course within the University, if it compliments the selected study pathway and on approval by the course coordinator


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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