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Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Speciality Classification
1 Year Part-time
Australian College of Nursing

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is designed for registered nurses working in a variety of orthopaedic environments. This course aims to cultivate excellence in the delivery of nursing care through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and clinical nursing.

Content includes exploration of the impact of acute and chronic illness, differentiation of the range of musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with trauma and emphasises assessment and management strategies within both the adult and paediatric setting.

Participants have an opportunity to expand their professional development and improve their research skills through online forums and discussion of professional and clinical issues. This online course uses a variety of learning modes including case studies, multimedia and discussion forums in a virtual classroom.

Graduates of this course will be better prepared to implement evidence-based practice and contemporary research to improve patient outcomes.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Learning outcomes

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:

  • apply specialist knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology of diseases and trauma to the nursing assessment and management of orthopaedic patients
  • explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of orthopaedic patients
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge, comprehensive assessment skills and evidence-based practice to improve orthopaedic nursing care
  • evaluate complex clinical problems demonstrating a specialist approach to practice across the lifespan
  • critically reflect on current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
  • develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with stakeholders, families and the multidisciplinary team for a holistic approach to nursing care.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 units – 3 core and 1 elective. One unit is studied per term.

Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.



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Fees are subject to change without notice.

ACN offers a flexible payment option allowing students to pay their fees on a term-by-term basis. Each term’s fees are due upfront, prior to term commencement.

FEE-HELP is also available for eligible students.

Entry requirements

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some GC units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Meet your nurse educators

Ruth Green, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MN (Clin Teach), Grad Cert (Clin Teach), Cert Orthopaedic Nursing (NSWCN), Cert IV TAE, Cert IV WHS

Ruth coordinates both our Graduate Certificates in Drug and Alcohol Nursing and Orthopaedic Nursing.

Ruth has been nursing for over 30 years, mainly in orthopaedics and education, where her passion lies.

Ruth is passionate about lifelong learning and sees education as a key component to ensuring quality nursing care, improved patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction.

Mevin Paulose, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, BScN with Honours, MN (Clin Teach), Cert in Teaching Fundamentals, Cert IV TAE

Mevin coordinates both our Graduate Certificates in Drug and Alcohol Nursing and Orthopaedic Nursing with fellow educator Ruth Green.

Mevin has primarily worked in maternal-infant health and education, where her passion lies. She also has experience in public health nursing.

Mevin is passionate about education and believes that it enables nurses to use reflective and evidence-based practice to provide holistic, culturally safe, and positive patient outcomes in the healthcare setting.

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1 Year Part-time
Price Details
2021 Non-member price (Tier 1) - $2,300.00 ; 2021 Member price (10% discount)