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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Neonatal Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Neonatal Nursing

  • AQF Level

  • Amount of Training

    26 weeks
  • Course Fee

    AUD $8,000
  • Payment Option

    Easy payment options
  • Mode of Delivery

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* Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ students are encouraged to apply.

Why IHNA Online ?

  • Competency based training underpinned by adult learning principles
  • Personalised attention to individual student
  • Access to 24*7 Online Library
  • Experienced educators with industry
  • Easy Payment Options
  • Finalist and Winner of national and international training award
  • Networking Opportunities with peak bodies and industries
  • IHNA Online Alumnus Status
  • Dedicated Student Support Team
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) – learn as you practise

Course Overview

Caring for newborns with significant medical issues demands a skilled team with specialised expertise. As a neonatal nurse specialist, your focus will be on providing supportive health care of newborns.

Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing will enhance your current nursing knowledge and abilities by focusing on neonatal nursing methods and specialised talents. You will feel confident in your ability to use these abilities when giving nursing care to a sick infant and assistance to the family.

This online course is intended to equip you as an expert in this very demanding field of nursing. This area of nursing is a highly technical one that requires the ability to provide complex care by concentrating on newborn evaluation and nursing management. You will use clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based specialised nursing knowledge.

Students will learn how to:

  • Critically analyse the neonatal nurse’s duties, functions, and scope of practise in newborn situations such as preterm delivery, congenital malformations, respiratory illness, birth trauma, peripartum hypoxia, brain damage, and metabolic disorders
  • Apply critical thinking processes, problem-solving abilities, and effective communication skills to the evaluation and management of nursing care delivered to newborns within the neonatal condition in collaboration with the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate leadership within a multidisciplinary healthcare team in order to provide excellent therapeutic treatment to newborn clients
  • Conduct an analysis of the legal, ethical, social, cultural, and political issues that influence the delivery of person-centered healthcare
  • Recognize, evaluate, and use current evidence-based nursing strategies while caring for newborn clients

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing also serves as a gateway for individuals interested in pursuing a Master of Nursing degree in Australia, either on-campus or online.

Course Aims

Neonatal nursing specialisation at IHM is a postgraduate programme leading to a Master of Nursing degree. Students may continue their education by enrolling in a Master of Nursing programme online or on campus. The course is designed to elevate students’ patient care to an international level by sharpening their theoretical foundations in nursing science as well as their practical knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunity

  • Use the advanced knowledge gained from the course to pursue further education
    • Post graduate certificate in neonatal nursing
    • Master of nursing
    • Master of advanced nursing practice, then leads to neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP)
    • Path way to PhD in nursing
  • It provides advanced knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidence-based care for the neonate and the family in a clinical setting & enhances career advancement as:
    • Entry to metropolitan tertiary hospital NICU environment (Advanced neonatal clinical care)
    • Leadership roles: Research nurse
    • Clinical nurse specialist
    • Clinical support nurse and nurse educator role
    • Research nurse
    • Nurse unit managers, case manager (care manager)
    • Neurodevelopmental care nurse
    • Discharge planning coordinators
    • Lactation nurse consultants
    • Eye nurse( retinopathy screening nurse across Victoria)

What will I study?

Successful completion of this course requires you to complete the following units:

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

Course Module

Three units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing course.

01 Core unit

02 Specialisation units

Fees and Charges

Tuition Fee : AUD $8,000

IHM Online Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Neonatal Nursing specialisation an applicant is required to:

Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification

Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or

Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence

Digital literacy

Registered Nurses having a three-year Diploma Of Nursing qualification and at least three years of experience as a registered nurse are eligible to enrol in this course

English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
  • Nurses currently registered and working in English Speaking Countries do not need this requirement. The recognised countries are: Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa, or
  • Direct entry through a pass in English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%
  • Applicants must have concurrent employment (or access to) in the Neonatal Nursing and one- year of full‐time post‐registration clinical experience

How to Apply

You can apply online using the “Quick Enquiry” link.

Please Note: You will be required to complete an E-Learning Assessment by the night before you come into face-to-face training.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us on 1800 22 52 83

Step 1
Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” and pay your tuition fees.
Step 2
Access: Explore the learning resources and start learning on your learning platform. Credentials, user guide and a conditional offer letter will be sent to your email
Step 3
LLN:You are required to complete an LLN test, within the first 3 days of enrolling
Step 4
Confirmation:Upon completion of your LLN and any other prerequisites, you will be issued a confirmation of admission
Step 5
Cooling off period:Once enrolled students have a 5 working days cooling off period (from course commencement date) to withdraw from the course and avail a full refund of the fees paid

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ students are encouraged to apply.


Any other questions in your mind – let us give you some more clarity with the following FAQs:

Among the other requirements there are a few prerequisites you must fulfil in order to enrol in Diploma of Nursing, the general requirements are:
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must be a citizen of Australia. As an alternative, you need a permanent humanitarian visa or a certain type of temporary visa with study privileges
  • To compare your language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skills to the benchmark levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework, you must also take an online test (ACSF)
  • Regarding the English language standards as from time to time set forth by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you will be required to provide a declaration

Yes, definitely required.
A PTE score of 65 or an OET score of B, or an overall IELTS score of 7 bands with no component scores lower than 6.5 bands. You must have at least one year of recent, either paid or unpaid, experience as required by the respective institution or by the university.