Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICNG

SATAC Code
4GC041 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • This qualification prepares Registered Nurses to work in the speciality field of cardiovascular nursing.
  • Join a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in nursing.2
  • Join the No.1 university in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.3
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24/7.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for teaching quality in nursing.4

12020 QS Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only. 4ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Progress your nursing expertise within the specialty field of cardiovascular nursing.

This qualification will give you knowledge and skills in acute cardiac care, heart failure management, as well as primary and secondary prevention in cardiovascular health. You’ll need to have current employment in the field, with access to people experiencing cardiovascular health problems.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

You’ll cover topics such as:

  • acute cardiac care
  • heart failure management
  • primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular health.

The first six months will cover:

  • anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
  • cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • nursing management of acute coronary syndromes
  • management of cardiac emergencies
  • current interventional modalities for the management of acute coronary syndromes
  • the political, social and economic factors that impact on the provision of acute cardiac services.

Over the final six months you’ll study:

  • management of biomedical and lifestyle/behavioural risks
  • principles of primary healthcare in cardiovascular health
  • health promotion and prevention in cardiovascular health
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • heart failure management.
     

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Cardiovascular Nursing 1 NURS 5147 9
Cardiovascular Nursing 2 NURS 5148 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you'll need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you'll need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you're studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • clinical portfolios
  • online activities
  • reports
  • practical assessments.

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of studying with UniSA is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Cardiovascular Nursing)

Why this Degree

UniSA's flexible suite of postgraduate nursing qualifications are designed to recognise your prior learning and advance your career prospects.

This online, part-time qualification has been designed to suit working professionals, with interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment to enable you to organise your study to suit your lifestyle.

The curriculum of this graduate certificate is informed by UniSA's well above world-class research in nursing.1 You'll be taught by specialist postgraduate teaching staff and experienced clinicians, assuring you the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support. 

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • No.1 in Australia for quality education.2
  • In the World’s Top 50 under 50.3
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.4
  • No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.5 

Upon successful completion of a postgraduate qualification at UniSA, you may then be eligible to gain credit into higher level qualifications and reduce the overall duration of your study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 22019 THE University Impact Rankings. 3Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 42020 QS Subject Rankings. 5ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms, giving you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication.

While online study is available, on-campus attendance for one workshop is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Nurses play a key role at the forefront of healthcare service. With a qualification specialising in cardiovascular health, graduates can take their expertise in to a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community settings
  • aged/rehabilitative care
  • home care
  • community health organisations
  • child and adolescent health services.

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Employment for Registered Nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 46,500 (15.6%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You’ll be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and academic, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio, particularly the re-entry to practice program. I have an interest in improving the learning experience for international students and policy underpinning re-entry to clinical practice.

AsPr Paul Bennett

Program Director

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What others are saying

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

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Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

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