Nurse Immuniser Program
Recognised as an approved course of study by the Chief Health Officer, Victorian Department of Health (DH)
The program follows the Australian Government Department of Health, National Framework for Immunisation Education for Health Professionals guideline (2017).
|Location||Online with an on-campus clinical simulation at our Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus|
Friday 18 August – Friday 17 November 2023
*click through to the registration page for more detail of session times
|Registrations close||Early bird|
11.55 pm Sunday 23 July, 2023
11.55 pm Sunday 6 August, 2023
|Prerequisite/s||Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse. This program is not suitable for Enrolled Nurses or Registered Nurses with a short-term registration. See below for extra requirements.|
|Certification||150 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)|
|Fee/s||Early bird fee||$1,500.00 GST exempt|
|Standard fee||$2,000.00 GST exempt|
For Registered Nurses to be approved to administer specified vaccines and manage adverse reactions where there may not be a medical practitioner present, this program covers immunisation throughout the lifespan but excludes travel and COVID-19 immunisation.
The Nurse Immuniser Program is available on a fee-paying basis as a continuing education subject and as a 15-credit point elective toward postgraduate award studies in Nursing. This program is offered twice a year. Registered Nurses wishing to become Nurse Immunisers must successfully complete all the components of the program.
The program includes two components:
Delivered via flexible online mode over fifteen (15) weeks study, supported by two compulsory online study days. The curriculum is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals and covers:
- The Global and Australian Context for Immunisation
- The Immune System and Immunisation
- The Law, Ethics and Immunisation
Immunisation Practice Clinical
Completion of the clinical requirements are through an on-campus clinical simulation or under the direct mentorship of an accredited immuniser.
There are three assessments in this program:
- Written assessment (short answer questions)
- Online open book exam
- Clinical assessment in laboratory or placement setting
- Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
- Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software)
Prerequisites at time of clinical placement
The following documents must be provided to the mentor on the first day of clinical placement. Students are advised to apply for documents upon acceptance in the program.
- Evidence of passing all theoretical components
- A copy of current CPR certificate - Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation unit of competency for adults, children and infants (or equivalent)
- A copy of current Police Check
- A copy of current Working with Children Check
The COVID-19 vaccination has been mandated by the Victorian Government for all Healthcare Workers. Please refer to requirements on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website and to La Trobe’s Placement FAQs for COVID-19 . Please be aware that a decision to opt-out of the vaccination could prevent you from completing the course requirements should you be unable to source a facility willing to host you for the clinical placement.
T: 1300 135 045
This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.