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Nursing (Acute Care)

Be at the forefront of patient treatment and recovery and advance your career prospects with a career in acute care nursing. These courses will allow you to examine complex issues associated with nursing critically ill patients in a range of nursing environments and clinical settings including emergency, intensive care, and neonatal care.

The skills and expertise of acute care nurses are necessary when urgent medical attention is needed, such as in cases of severe injuries, acute care surgery, chronic conditions, and infectious diseases.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $34,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 088942D
Delivery mode: On campus

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Acute Care Nursing consists of 36 units, including a 4.5-unit topic that introduces you to research. It is designed to provide you with the opportunity to deepen your clinical and theoretical knowledge base in acute care nursing at a leadership and advanced communication and problem-solving level within your workplace and practice.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Nurses with acute care specialisations can take on nursing leadership roles in acute care settings to deliver person-centered care to patients with acute care needs.

Experience potential enhancements to your nursing career in settings such as:

  • Rural and remote
  • Care of the older patient
  • Paediatric care
  • Children and families
  • Emergency departments
  • Intensive care units
  • Medical/surgical