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Immunisation for registered nurses and midwives



Target audience: This course is designed for registered nurses (RNs) working in health areas where administration of immunisation is part of their role and registered nurses who wish to enhance their career opportunities.

Course summary: Successful completion of this course is one of the requirements necessary for RNs to administer vaccinations without the direction of a medical officer within New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS) and South Australia (SA) and Northern Territory (NT). The roles and responsibilities of an authorised nurse immuniser is guided by their respective state/territory’s jurisdiction.

While this course is recognised by Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health, ACT legislation does not cover an authority to immunise without the direction of a medical officer. Visit the ACT Legislation Register to read about immunisation regulations specific to the ACT.

Registered Nurses in states and territories other than NSW, VIC, TAS, SA and NT are encouraged to contact their Health Department to enquire regarding the current legislation for training of authorised nurse immunisers. 

The Immunisation for Registered Nurses course is based on the ‘National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses & Midwives’ (2000). These guidelines are currently under review to comply with the new guidelines when the latter is released. The course is offered part-time over 12 weeks. It is conducted fully online, consisting of 100 hours of study and assessment. Participants will receive support from a tutor and nurse educator. The online learning environment used at ACN is called CNnect. 

Using the current best practice standards and recommendations in the current version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, it is anticipated the participant, on successful completion of this course, will be able to:

Fee payable: Yes 

Delivery mode: On site

Financial support for Indigenous students: Not specified

Vacancies available from May 2017 onwards. For further information and fees please follow link.


Australian College of Nursing
1 Napier Close
Deakin ACT 2600
Ph: 1800 265 534
Ph: (02) 6283 3400
Fax: (02) 6282 3565


Last updated: 8 May 2017
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