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C11116v7 Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing (GradCertN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course offers a mid-year intake for local students.

This course will not have an intake in 2020. Email for information about alternative courses and pathways.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course combines online learning with on-campus workshops to prepare registered nurses to function as expert clinicians in the perioperative setting. Students develop specialised knowledge and highly sought-after skills to lead and advocate for optimal care of patients during surgery within an interdisciplinary perioperative team. This course aims to assist students with the progression of their careers including into roles associated with leadership, research and teaching.

Course aims

This course builds on students' existing attributes with a specific focus on critical thinking, social and ethical accountability, Indigenous cultural respect, communication, professionalism and leadership. The course is designed to encourage the development of a perioperative nurse who is able to provide holistic, patient-centred care in a collaborative manner during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. It promotes a deep understanding of complex perioperative issues as they relate to patient outcomes within a global context.

Career options

Career options include specialty perioperative nursing in day surgery settings, perioperative suites/units and endoscopy suites.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
1.1 Locate and apply research knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the available evidence for optimal healthcare delivery
1.2 Examine local, national and international networks to enhance translation of latest evidence into acute care nursing practice
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
2.1 Review strategies to enable leadership and advocacy, within scope of practice, for person-centred care
2.2 Examine the potential for creative approaches that enhance the interdisciplinary workforce, enabling health promoting environments
2.3 Review collaborative approaches used with patients, families and interdisciplinary teams to enable optimal health outcomes
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
3.1 Identify the health professional role as it relates to social justice
3.2 Identify the health professional role as it relates to global citizenship
3.3 Explore issues relating to efficient use of resources within acute care practice settings
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
4.1 Analyse effective strategies and techniques to communicate appropriately in challenging, complex, and diverse situations
4.2 Examine techniques to empower, facilitate and support healthy behaviours
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Explore knowledge and skills within their context of acute care practice, to enable best practice
5.2 Maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
5.3 Practice and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and a positive work environment
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Examine world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Describe the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise and discuss the diversity of Indigenous Australians and the importance of this in relation to their health and wellbeing

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience may also be considered eligible.

Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the clinical area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered via on-campus study days and online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at a rate of two subjects a session. The normal attendance per subject is three to four full days spread over the session.

Dates for 2019 are:

  • Autumn session
  • Spring session
    • 8 August, 29 August, 3 October: 92882 Techniques in Perioperative Nursing
    • 6 August, 27 August, 1 and 15 October: 96203 Professional Development in Perioperative Practice

Course structure

Students are required to complete a total of 24 credit points of study, comprising three specified nursing subjects and one nursing elective (92713 Health Breakdown elective is recommended as this subject can be used to articulate/progress into Graduate Diploma or Master of Advanced Nursing).

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for employees of Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and North Shore Private Hospital. These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with these organisations. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from Specialty Clinical Practice. If students change their sub-major they may need to redo a CAP related to the new sub-major or complete subject Specialty Practice.

Course completion requirements

92881 Foundations of Perioperative Nursing 6cp
92882 Advanced Perioperative Nursing Practice 6cp
96203 Professional Development in Perioperative Practice 6cp
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
STM90490 Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP)6cp 
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice6cp 
Total 24cp

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
92881 Foundations of Perioperative Nursing   6cp
92869 Specialty Clinical Practice   6cp
Spring session
92882 Advanced Perioperative Nursing Practice   6cp
96203 Professional Development in Perioperative Practice   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Judith Smith
Course coordinator
telephone +61 2 9514 1751