Perioperative Graduate Certificate & Diploma

Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative)       


Prepare the Registered Nurse to meet the contemporary challenges within the field of perioperative nursing.

Course Objectives:
Assist the learner to acquire and develop competency based perioperative skills and theoretical knowledge whilst ensuring constructive, ongoing feedback with regular assessment

Expected Outcomes:
At completion, it is expected that the learner will have:
•Developed a comprehensive understanding of perioperative principles, enabling competent practice
•Improved in confidence and feel empowerment, through clinical experiences and a broad knowledge base
•Understand and respect peer review and constructive feedback from colleagues, encouraging careful analysis of practice
•Learnt to critically evaluate current perioperative nursing within the clinical environment
•Contributed to improved outcomes through evidenced based practice


Program Structure       

Graduate Certificate:
4 core units. Graduate Certificate provides a broad introductory knowledge base to the speciality that will allow the RN to effectively plan and provide high-quality perioperative patient care.

Graduate Diploma:
8 units, 4 core units + additional 4 credit points of study, 2 - 3 of which will be specialty units of study and 1 - 2 which will be elective units. Graduate Diploma provides advanced, specialised knowledge to allow the RN to problem solve and provide high-quality perioperative patient care.

Theoretical component:
Provided by Deakin University, theoretical and clinical components must be passed independently in order to successfully complete the course.
Students are employed by Mercy Hospital for Women for a minimum of 24 hours per week to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment.

Program Commencement
February - compulsory introduction 5-day program, Melbourne Campus Burwood
Regular study days - commencing March, continued through trimester one & two

Entry Requirements
Bachelor of Nursing or an equivalent approved qualification
Registered Nurse with current eligibly to practice
Minimum 12 months recent acute nursing experience
Successful application with Deakin University
Satisfactory interview process with Mercy Hospital for Women

Application Procedure
Entry to the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) involves successful application to Deakin University. The applicant should identify Mercy Hospital for Women as their preferred hospital for clinical experience. Further information can be found at
An application must also be sent directly to Mercy Hospital for Women and will be received online at 

The application shall include:
Letter of application that states rationale for applying to Mercy Hospital for Women and Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative)
Curriculum Vitae including names, telephone numbers and email addresses of professional referees
Successful applicants must provide a current police record check and working with children check
For a position description please - Click here
Recruitment for the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) will commence in September each year.

Geneviève Rohrlach, Nurse Educator - Perioperative Services
Ph: 03 8458 4112
Louise Alexander, Nurse Manager – Perioperative Services
Ph: 03 8458 4108


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