Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Medication Management (H5J)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 3 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Medication Management is designed for experienced Registered Nurses looking to develop knowledge and enhanced practical skills  in therapeutic medication management. Using an ‘across the life span’ approach, concepts such as prescribing, administering, monitoring, and evaluating medications in accordance with Commonwealth and State legislation and policy will be explored.

You will also gain an understanding of the differences between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, how medications are absorbed, distributed, and metabolised, and learn to develop individual patient medication management plans.

Your studies will incorporate the principles of medication management from neonatal, paediatrics through to the older persons, and includes cultural and indigenous considerations of medication use and prescribing.

  • 1 Differentiate between the fundamental principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • 2 Apply advanced practice knowledge, skills and / or technologies to conduct a comprehensive clinical assessment for patients specific to clinical practice.
  • 3 Critically analyse current evidence-based knowledge to plan and deliver medication education for patient cohorts / significant others specific to area of clinical specialty.
  • 4 Justify the rationale for medication selection for patients specific to area of clinical specialty.
  • 5 Develop patient medication care plans for patients within your specialty practice area.
  • Course structure

    Students must satisfactorily complete 50 credit points of study.

    Students must successfully complete the following units:

    This unit offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills to identify the effects of medications on the body’s physiological, biochemical, and pathophysiological processes. Key pharmacological characteristics of drug classes and specific nuances of individual drugs across the…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Students undertaking this unit are provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to identify the clinical and pharmacological perspectives of therapeutic medication management for non-medical prescribers, including the ethical, social, and political implications for advanced practice. The context…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Medication Management requires that:

    • Applicants must have practiced as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife for a minimum of two years prior to the start of the course.
    • Applicants must provide evidence of Ahpra registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse or Division 1 Registered Midwife with no restrictions or conditions.
    • Applicants must provide a personal statement in eApplication, or a CV or Resume which states the specialty practice area in which the applicant works as an RN or RM and for the length of time.

    Applicants will be required to provide evidence of confirmation of employment.

    This course is not available to international students. Please enquire online for advice on alternative course options.

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    Articulation into further study is not possible on completion of the Graduate Certificate. There are no articulation pathways as this is an upskilling opportunity for experienced Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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