COURSE IN MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FOR DIVISION 2 NURSES
This 210 hour course provides the Registered Nurse Division 2 with knowledge of the principles of pharmacology, the practice of safely administering oral, topical, subcutaneous and intramuscular medications and monitoring the outcomes of the patient, applying safe nursing practices to work within the scope of medication administration of a Division 2 nurse according to the new legislation.
TRANSITION MODULE (INJECTABLES)
This 20 hour course provides the Endorsed Division 2 Registered Nurse with the additional knowledge to upgrade their endorsement to include the safe administration of subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. This course only applies to Division 2 nurses who have done the original 190 hours Medications Administration course.
Where is the course run?
At Berwick and Frankston campuses.
When does the Medications Administration course run?
The full 210 hour course is scheduled to commence in February and July (dependent on numbers). The course runs two days per week (8am-3pm) for 11 weeks and finishes with two weeks of full-time clinical placement (7am- 3pm). The course is not offered one day per week.
What days does the course run?
There are a variety of combinations from Monday to Thursday across both campuses. This is open to change each semester so we cannot advise fixed set days on application but you will be given options closer to the time of course commencement if you receive a place.
What times does the course run?
Either 8am – 3pm (some days may commence later and finish at 5pm)
Or 3pm – 10pm (some days may start earlier at 1pm)
Are injectables included?
What sort of injections?
Subcutaneous (subcut) and intramuscular (IM) injections – NOT intravenous (IV).
Does the new curriculum include IV therapy?
Yes, the new curriculum includes a competency on the care of IV therapy however at present you are still unable to actually administer anything IV.
If I have completed the Division 2 course recently, do I have to sit the entrance exam?
If you sat a VETASSESS exam to get into the Division 2 course and finished that course within the last 12 months, you do not have to sit the entrance exam.
If I sat the entrance exam elsewhere, do I have to do it again?
If you can provide proof of passing the exam elsewhere you do not have to do it again.
Do I need to pay my fees upfront or can I pay them in instalments?
Yes, you need to pay upfront and there are no instalment payments. There is no concession.
Is Government funding available?
Government funding is sometimes available with certain guidelines (which we know only when a funding round is announced). If your employment circumstances fit within these guidelines, then the course may be at a reduced rate or no cost.
Where is the clinical placement done?
A variety of settings, which are mainly aged care facilities.
Can we do our clinical placement in our own workplace?
No, unfortunately we cannot usually accommodate this.