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ANP5002 Immunisation Nursing

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Immunisation Nursing
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060399 - Nursing not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jessica Elliott


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MNRS or MNSG or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or DOHH or GCNG or GDNG

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: This course is only available to students who hold current nursing registration with the Australian Health Professional Registration Authority (AHPRA) and are located in Australia.


This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary for the management of immunisation regimes for both children and adults based on the underlying philosophy of Primary Health Care and Public Health. Registered Nurses have a prominent position in the promotion of the community’s health and well-being. Immunisation is a national public health strategy, designed to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates related to vaccine-preventable diseases in Australia. Registered Nurses with the appropriate training for vaccine administration and cold chain storage are leading the way with public health for the Australian community.


This course offers registered nurses the opportunity to integrate and apply Health Management Protocols and Drug Therapy Protocols along with relevant immunisation theory to their clinical practice. On successful completion of this course students may be eligible to apply for authorisation to practice under the Immunisation Program Drug Therapy Protocol.

Students are required to complete 6 hours of supervised clinical practice in an Authorised Immunisation Clinic.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Define goals and the importance of immunisation programs in the global and Australian context;
  2. Apply knowledge of the immune response to vaccines and the diseases they prevent;
  3. Apply knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to immunisation practice;
  4. Analyse the principles of immunisation evidence based practice to achieve optimal safe outcomes;
  5. Apply Health Management Protocols and Drug Therapy Protocols in the delivery of immunisation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1 - Theoretical foundations of immunisation. The public health perspective, the immune system and vaccines, epidemiology and the myths and realities of immunisation. 35.00
2. Module 2 - Clinical theory. The legal and ethical issues, management of adverse immunisation events, current vaccine schedules, Catch Up Vaccinations. Use of the appropriate Health Management Protocols and Drug Therapy Protocols to inform immunisation delivery. 30.00
3. Module 3 - Clinical practice. The management, handling and storage and transportation of vaccines (cold chain), health promotion and client immunisation education resources. 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Reference materials will be suggested within the course.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 6.00
Directed Study 50.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Private Study 91.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Medication Calculations 1 5 10 Mar 2021 3
Online Discussions 15 10 24 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Assignment 50 40 28 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4
1.5 Hour Open Online Quiz 60 40 19 May 2021 1,2,3,4
Clinical Experience 1 5 04 Jun 2021 2,3,5 (see note 2)

  1. Specific online discussion topics will be posted at designated intervals during semester.
  2. Clinical Experience is to be completed by the end of the current semester. In extenuating circumstances, the examiner may grant an extension into the following semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no on campus attendance requirement for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. During this clinical placement, students will have to demonstrate mastery of the Competency Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses with Drug Therapy Protocol (DTP) Endorsement as noted in the clinical assessment for this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% overall of the marks available for each summative item (written assignment, online discussions and online quiz) in addition to the completion and mastery of the Competency Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses with Drug Therapy Protocol Endorsement (Clinical Experience and Medication Calculations) which will be assessed by the student's clinical preceptor, a Registered Nurse who holds DTP endorsement and who will use the Immunisation Clinical Assessment forms developed by USQ for this specific purpose. Failure to attend a Clinical Experience and/or demonstrate competency will result in a Fail grade for this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a pass in this course students must achieve an aggregate of 50% of the marks available for the summative assessments (written assignment, online discussions and online quiz) and satisfactorily submit and complete (mark of 1) for each of Clinical Experience and Medication Calculations.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must have submitted the assessment electronically. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the submission date, if requested by the Examiner. The preferred submission of assignments electronically. Fax or email are only to be undertaken with permission from the Examiner.

  2. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete- Both deferred Examination and Deferred Makeup).

  4. APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.

Date printed 18 June 2021