Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

Australian College of Nursing

Type of institution: Higher Education Institutions
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 03761A

This course is designed to encourage the development of a perioperative nurse who is able to provide holistic, patient-centered care during anesthesia, surgery and recovery. It promotes a deep understanding of complex perioperative issues as they relate to patient outcomes. The course combines theory and practice to meet the educational needs of clinicians working in diverse perioperative environments. The foundation subject highlights the practice and philosophies of perioperative nursing. Pre-, intra- and postoperative nursing assessment and care are explored in depth, as well as the broader aspects of technological issues associated with the surgical environment. Students may choose a relevant specialty in operating room nursing or anesthetic nursing depending on the area of specialization. Students will develop advanced nursing knowledge, clinical skills and judgement to facilitate best outcomes for perioperative patients.

Designed for

Registered nurses practising in a perioperative setting


The course is conducted by online distance education including interactions in a virtual classroom. Students complete 4 subjects.


  • 1. The practice and philosophy of peri-operative nursing (core), 2. Post-anesthetic recovery (specialty elective), or
  • Instrument and circulating nurse (specialty elective), or
  • Anesthetic nursing (specialty elective). Students also choose two additional electives (e.g. Assessing and managing adult pain and/or, Principles of infection control).

Standard entry requirements

Registered with AHPRA, 1 year postgraduate experience, relevant employment

Study pathways

Credit transfer to Master degree

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Online International: $13,040 No
  • Part-time : 1 year

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