Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

188707 v.3 Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing


Course CRICOS Code: 042203G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


The course provides a broad research foundation to enable scholarly research which will advance nursing theory and have the capacity to guide practice. The course is a collaborative program between Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must be a currently registered nurse or eligible for registration with the Nurses Board of Western Australia, hold a nursing degree or equivalent, have a minimum of three years post-registration clinical experience with at least six months in the designated specialised area, provide evidence of a satisfactory academic record and appropriate communications and interpersonal skills. Registered nurses without a tertiary qualification must meet established criteria for the alternative mode of entry into graduate studies.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Police Screening and Clearance sections of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have successfully completed the hospital based component will receive recognition of prior learning/exemption for the unit Nursing 511 - Critical Care Nursing.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or two years part-time study. As most units are offered only once in each year and in the required sequence of study, there is some limitation of choice for part-time study.

Course Organisation

Students complete the advanced nursing practice component of this course within an approved hospital or agency course.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

12171 v.3 # Nursing 511 - Critical Care Nursing 24.0 125.0

Year 1 Semester 2

4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credits
4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
5755 v.6   Managerial Effectiveness 571 3.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
301413 v.3   Health Contract 590 8.0 50.0
306931 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Primary Health Care 561 6.0 25.0
306939 v.1   Addiction Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice 562 6.0 25.0
306943 v.1   Advanced Practice - Sexually Transmissible Infections 562 3.75 25.0
307484 v.1   Diagnostics 561 4.0 25.0
307485 v.1   Pharmacology 521 3.0 25.0
307487 v.2   Pharmacotherapeutics 522 4.0 25.0
307495 v.1   Developmental Health 561 4.0 25.0
307496 v.1   Immunisation 562 4.0 25.0
307497 v.1   Partnership Models 562 4.0 25.0
308411 v.1   Diabetes and Pregnancy 543 4.0 25.0
# A full year hospital based clinical practice program


Availability Information has not been provided by the respective School or Area. Prospective/current students should contact the School or Area listed above for further information.

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