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Postgraduate Certificate in Chronic Care Nursing Practice

course overview

The nursing of people with chronic and complex conditions is an emerging area of specialty nursing. RNs provide care to people with chronic and complex conditions in a wide variety of practice settings.

Graduates of this course should be able to: 

  • understand the impact of chronic and complex conditions on individuals, groups and communities
  • demonstrate from a national and international perspective an understanding of the concepts of chronic and complex condition management
  • apply the principles of primary healthcare of health promotion, prevention, and early intervention in the context of chronic and complex conditions
  • analyse models of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, including a critical awareness of international models of chronic disease care and their relationship to the Australian experience
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of self-management and effectively implement these principles in nursing practice
  • critically examine the strategic role of nursing in the management of people with chronic and complex conditions
  • effectively assess and critique research related to chronic and complex nursing practice
  • apply appropriate and timely strategies for the prevention, treatment, management and co-ordination of chronic and complex conditions.


After successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Chronic Care Nursing, students continuing on to study CSU's Master of Nursing can apply for 32 points credit.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the Postgraduate Certificate in Chronic Care Nursing Practice are expected to:

  • hold an undergraduate degree, diploma or equivalent in (registered) nursing
  • hold current registration as a nurse in an Australian state or equivalent if an international student
  • have at least one years' full-time experience working as a registered nurse
  • have appropriate academic or professional training or work experience acceptable to the University.

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Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

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Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must complete 32 points.

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Finance Options VET FEE-HELP, Finance Available
Study Time 1 Year Part Time

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