Australian College of Perioperative Nurses

The University of Tasmania offers a range of scholarships to eligible members of Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN).

Find new opportunities in health

As health specialists ourselves, we understand the industry and what it takes to succeed. Wherever you are, we have a range of study options to suit your lifestyle and career goals in health.

Our suite of postgraduate courses are designed and taught by experts to challenge, develop and extend your professional and clinical practice skills. All courses are developed in line with current industry needs, and the latest research in the particular field of study. Our focus is on developing emerging leaders in specialist areas of practice to transform healthcare.

Study areas

Our postgraduate nursing program is designed for practicing Registered Nurses who would like to specialise in a particular area of clinical practice. The courses are delivered part-time and online, providing you the flexibility required to balance work, study and family life.

As an ACORN member you are eligible to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) H5F.

Successful completion of H5F will enable you to articulate to a Diploma and possibly a Masters program, should you wish to continue your higher education studies.

Specialisations available to ACORN members under this scholarship are:

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing
  • Leadership in Practice Nursing
  • Clinical Nursing and Teaching
  • Quality and Safety

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) (H5F)

Our postgraduate leadership program is designed to enhance the professional skills of health and human services professionals, clinical leaders, managers and policy/planning practitioners working, or aspiring to work in, leadership or management positions within the health and human services sectors in Australia.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services) (M5S)

Study details

Students must meet entry requirements of the course they are applying for, as stated in the Course and Unit Handbook. Please navigate via the course links above to find out more. In addition to this, to be eligible for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount you will also need to be a current member of our partner.

How to apply

Before you get started prepare the following supporting documentation:

  • AHPRA Registration number (if required)
  • Confirmation of your membership with the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses.
  • Personal statement – outlining where and for how long you have worked in your current position.

Log on to:

Click through to Postgraduate coursework > Apply now> New Applicants.

Scholarship supported places for some courses are available to eligible students through our network of industry partners. For more information on our partner scholarships, or to find out if you are eligible, contact us.

If you are eligible for a partner scholarship, you will need to provide your membership details during your application.

When prompted, provide your membership organisation name, and upload your supporting membership documentation. If you do not provide this information, you will not be eligible to receive a partner scholarship.

*Conditions Apply

If relevant to you, ensure you also submit an electronic credit application form to facilitate assessment and processing.

Learn more about advanced standing: Recognition of prior learning.

Once your application has been submitted and assessed, an offer will be made to you.

You can accept your offer via your e-application account.

How to enrol


Once you’ve accepted your offer, you can enrol in your units.


Submit your e-CAF. Even if you have a partner scholarship (fee-waiver), you are still required to submit a Commonwealth Assistance Form (e-CAF) and you will need to select the ‘upfront payment’ option. Don’t forget to view and accept your T&Cs.


You will need your Student ID number, email address, login and password to access eStudent, MyLO and webmail. Log onto webmail to set up your email account and familiarise yourself with MyLO. An online orientation unit is available in MyLO two weeks before semester commences, it has helpful study tips and activities to practice using MyLO.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please get in touch with us.

You will need to apply for one of the courses listed above, and in your application make sure you upload proof of current membership. Proof of current membership comprises of a copy of your membership invoice or a certificate of membership. This will apply the relevant scholarship to your enrolment.

Yes, you will retain your current HECS fee waiver or fee discount amount until completion of your program or early graduation (which-ever comes first), as long as you meet all HECS fee waiver or fee discount eligibility requirements detailed above.

Some courses may be deferred, however you are unable to under a HECS fee waiver or fee discount – so you will need to reapply for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount when you are ready to continue study and the HECS fee waiver or fee discount level awarded may not be the same level you had previously received.

If you have completed relevant postgraduate study within the last 10 years, you may be eligible for credit into your new course. In all instances this will need to be assessed by the course coordinator. When credit is applied, you will not need to enrol in that specific unit, and fees will not apply. Credit applied for a specific unit will be represented as either ‘credit’ or ‘exempt’ on your study plan. For more information on credit eligibility, please contact:

When you enrol in a unit, the system automatically generates an invoice. Due to your eligibility for a fee waiver/discount, this will be amended prior to Census Date for the relevant semester, at which time you will receive a new invoice. As long as you have provided all information you have been asked for this will be updated. The Fees team are generally very busy in the lead up to the start of semester, and endeavour to have all fee waivers/discounts processed by census date. Once processed, your invoice (viewable on your eStudent) will show ‘sponsorship’ next to the unit fees. If your invoice is still showing outstanding unit fees in the week leading up to census date, please contact us and we will investigate on your behalf.

Once you receive your offer, you will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form. Even though you are eligible for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount, you are still required to complete an eCAF as this a government reporting requirement for students studying under a Commonwealth supported place.

Contact us


Phone: 1300 363 864 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)