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).

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Overview

LocationOnline with an on-campus clinical simulation at our Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Date/sFriday 3 February – Monday 19 June, 2023
Registrations closeEarly bird11.55 pm Sunday 8 January, 2023
Standard11.55 pm Sunday 22 January 2023
Duration 15 weeks
Prerequisite/sCurrent 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 CPD student early bird $1,500.00 GST exempt
CPD student standard $2,000.00 GST exempt
Award student early bird $2,000.00 GST exempt
Award student standard $2,200.00 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.

Course content

The program includes two components:

Theory

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.

Assessment

There are three assessments in this program:

  • Written assessment (short answer questions)
  • Online open book exam
  • Clinical assessment in laboratory or placement setting

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. 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.

  1. Evidence of passing all theoretical components
  2. A copy of current CPR certificate - Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation unit of competency for adults, children and infants (or equivalent)
  3. A copy of current Police Check
  4. A copy of current Working with Children Check

COVID-19 vaccination

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.

Further information

E: executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au

T: 1300 135 045

Registration

This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.