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Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

Speciality Classification
End Date
1 Year Part-time
Australian College of Nursing

Course overview

The stomal therapy role is highly specialised and multifaceted encompassing the acute care environment, outpatient setting and the community. The Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of a specialist nurse in wound, ostomy and continence management. The course aims to provide students with the theoretical foundation for application to practice, enabling the delivery of contemporary, evidence based care. There is a strong clinical focus and the compulsory professional experience placement will permit exposure to this role and allow the students to reflect and benchmark against professional practice standards.

The course also focuses on clinical leadership, fostering the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making skills.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy 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 specialist stomal therapy nursing roles.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the stomal therapy nurse within their speciality context, and benchmark against appropriate professional standards
  • develop critical thinking and clinical decision making skills using multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • analyse the communication skills used to establish effective interpersonal relationships with clients, their families/carers and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • critically evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature to support the provision of contemporary evidence based nursing care
  • reflect on the social, ethical and cultural issues affecting patients and their families, thereby providing safe, holistic and person centred health care
  • examine leadership, mentoring and educational skills that contribute to a high standard of nursing care and practice development in the health care setting.

Course structure

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

Students will need to complete 4 core units. One unit is studied per term.

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


Tiers 2021 Member price (10% discount)  / 2021 Non-member price    

Tier 1       $2,070.00       $2,300.00    
Tier 2       $2,362.50       $2,625.00    
Tier 3       $2,776.50       $3,085.00    
Tier 4       $3,321.00       $3,690.00    

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 Educator

Elizabeth Moran, Nurse Education – Higher Education


Liz Moran is a nurse educator at the Australian College of Nursing and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. Liz also contributes to educational delivery across all ACN’s divisions.

Liz has a Master’s degree in Education (health science) obtained in 2011 from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society and the Diagnostics and Interventional Cardiology Nurses Group. Liz undertook her nurse training in the United Kingdom where she worked in critical care areas. Liz has over 30 years of extensive clinical experience in both public and private health settings as well as remote area nursing in the Kimberly’s, WA. She has also worked in the field of research at St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research.

Currently she combines her two loves of nursing and education in the role of nurse educator with particular interests in evidence based practice, reflective practice and creating exceptional educational experiences. She believes that education is foundational in advancing nursing leadership.

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