The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine offers the Program for Nurse Immunisers (PNI). The PNI prepares Registered Nurses for the legislated role of Nurse Immuniser, an advanced role incorporating semi-independent practice under a Drug Therapy Protocol with role responsibilities specified by an organisation’s Health Management Protocol. This role recognition enables the nurse immuniser to practice within particular parameters of practice, which ensures safety of both the public and the nurse. The program is only open to AHPRA Registered Nurses. In line with The National Framework for Immunisation Education for Health Professionals (2018), an AHPRA registered health professional who has been previously assessed for competency in technical skills of vaccination (i.e. injection, medication administration) [such as in their undergraduate qualification] is not required to undertake further clinical assessment for immunisation. Students are required to complete theory and a self-assessment for competency.

This fully online program is offered twice a year commencing in March and July. We have a capped number of 50 students per enrolment. Registered Nurses wishing to become Nurse Immunisers must successfully complete all the components of the program. Completion of this program may provide recognition of prior learning (RPL) for recognition of this qualification in other Australian states; RPL for Queensland recognition other completed courses is available for this program.

Program scope

The online program includes both theoretical and clinical components:

Theory: Content is delivered in flexible online mode. Program includes 150 hours of focused learning with100% successful completion of six theoretical modules and associated quizzes and scenarios to ensure individual students have attained the necessary theoretical knowledge.

Clinical: Students are required to undertake video and online content and complete a self-assessment ‘Complete procedures for a Vaccination encounter’.

Upon satisfactory completion of theory and clinical components of the program, students will receive a statement of completion and transcript which are used as evidence of qualification as a Nurse Immuniser to employers. The self-paced program should be completed within 16 weeks.

Prerequisite course requirements

· Students must provide proof of current AHPRA registration as a Nurse

· Students must have reliable internet access and an active email address

· Students must have moderate computer literacy skills for accessing and using the online program.

Note: Students must maintain registration and currency of CPR certification for full course duration and future practice.

Program fees

The full program cost is $995.00 (incl. GST). Payments must be made online by credit card/debit card payment only. (There are no payment plans and this is not a HECS supported course).

A 10% discount applies to Clinical School Partners and ACU staff and alumni. After evidence is supplied and the full online payment is made the refund will be processed.

Cancellation fees

If you withdraw from the Program during the first two weeks from commencement, you will be charged an administrative fee of $240 (incl. GST).

Should you withdraw from the Program after the first two weeks you will be ineligible for any refund on program costs.

In cases for withdrawal with evidence of special circumstances (i.e. valid medical reason), a partial refund will be considered.

Administration of the program

Course Coordinator: Dr Sandra Miles

Enrolment and Administration managed by the School Office.

For further information or to receive a prospectus, please email PNI.QLD@acu.edu.au

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