Aged Care Nursing

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time (N/A for the Graduate Certificate) l Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online

Courses 

Course name: Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (Aged Care Nursing)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year (part-time only)
SATAC code: 2GC130 (Commonwealth supported place); 2GC530 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: Not available to international students

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Aged Care)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD088 (Commonwealth supported place); 2GD588 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: Not available to international students

Course name: Master of Nursing (Aged Care)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1.5 years
GradStart code: 2CM200 (Commonwealth supported place); 2CM500 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: Not available to international students

Overview

The Aged Care Nursing specialisation aims to advance knowledge of ageing and nursing the aged. It explores the implications and challenges of a rapidly ageing population and encourages students to acknowledge the individuality of the ageing experience and the need for older people to maintain their own health and health care management where possible.

Students will have the opportunity to reflect on, and explore, the complexity of the issues associated with nursing an older client, and will use as a focus the policies which impact on the professional, organisational and political context of aged care nursing practice.

Students critically analyse ageing issues and theoretical perspectives under-pinning the ageing process and are able both to examine the complexities associated with nursing an ageing client and to research the potential for change in their everyday aged care nursing practice. Cultural variations and gender differences associated with ageing are debated, as are social issues such as ageism, isolation, poverty, abuse and neglect, violence, media portrayal and the ageing body.

Students will have the opportunity to explore in detail one or more areas of their choice relating to aged care nursing practice. The specialisation is conducted in a supportive but self-directed flexible learning environment in which students will be encouraged to explore, question, discuss and debate the challenges they face as registered nurses on both a micro and macro level.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Aged Care Nursing specialisation of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma must:

  1. hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification
  2. be registered nurses

and if residing in Australian states and territories other than South Australia:

  1. provide a completed and signed Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Support form (DOCX) as evidence that their employer is willing to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumeracy capacity.

*Applicants residing in South Australia must submit a completed and signed Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Support form (DOCX) following admission. It is not an entry requirement.

Applicants for the Master of Nursing must also meet the above requirements.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Additional requirements

Students:

  • must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice
  • will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements.

Immunisation and communicable diseases: requirements for clinical placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation standards (eg Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline) and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

International students: Entry and English language requirements

Applications

Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.

 

 

International students
Mid year entry: Not available to international students
Applications: Not available to international students
Application closing dates: Not available to international students

 

Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (Aged Care Nursing)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $3,128

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $9,900

Not available to international students
Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Aged Care)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $6,256

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $19,800

Not available to international students
Master of Nursing (Aged Care)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $6,256

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $19,800

Not available to international students

Note:

  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. How are these fees calculated?
  • If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.