Prostate Nursing Care

Develop knowledge and skills in the specialist practice area of prostate nursing care.

The Prostate Nursing Care course is the only specialised program of study in Australia that prepares Registered Nurses to care for men living with prostate cancer and their families.

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Dates1 August – 23 October 2022
Registrations closeEarly Bird11.55 pm Sunday 3 July 2022
Standard11.55 pm Sunday 17 July 2022
Duration12 weeks
Prerequisite/sCurrent registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Registered Nurse. See below for extra requirements.
Certification58 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
FeesEarly Bird $3,065.00  GST exempt
Standard$3,125.00 GST exempt

Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the specialist practice area of prostate nursing care. The structure of the course utilises the cancer professional development framework endorsed by the Australian Government. It aligns with the five intervention points of the framework: reduce the risk of cancer, find cancer early, treatment and support during active treatment, management and support after and between treatment and, care and support at the end of life.

Delivered online and consists of flexible student directed learning modules equivalent to 3-4 hours per week over 12 weeks. It is expected that students would spend an additional 10-12 hours per week on self-directed study time, reflecting, reading, preparation and assessment tasks.

This course is equivalent to 15-credit points subject at the postgraduate level (AQF levels 8/9). Completion of the course in this format will enable you to apply for advanced standing into postgraduate studies in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University.

Course content

Key topics covered include:

  • relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology of prostate cancer
  • current trends in the treatment of prostate cancer
  • focused nursing assessment, screening and symptom management
  • sexuality and psychosocial care for the man and his family
  • health promotion, survivorship, and palliative care
  • the nurse's role in the care of men who have prostate cancer


There are a three assessment tasks in this course:

  • 1 X 1000 word written assessment
  • 1 X 1300 word written assessment
  • 1 X 2800 word written assessment

Extra requirements

  1. All students have access to the La Trobe library (on campus and online) and contact with the subject coordinator via the Learning Management System discussion board and email, phone or fax.
  2. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  3. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software)

Further information

View the Prostate Nursing Care FAQs or contact La Trobe Executive and Professional Education:


T: 1300 135 045


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