Course Date(s)

Course Date(s) Duration Location Availability
Mon 16 OctThu 19 Oct 2017 4 full days Box Hill Fully booked
Mon 19 FebThu 22 Feb 2018 4 full days Box Hill Open now
Mon 5 MarThu 8 Mar 2018 4 full days Box Hill Open now
Mon 4 JunThu 7 Jun 2018 4 full days Box Hill Open now
Mon 15 OctThu 18 Oct 2018 4 full days Box Hill Open now


Course overview

This four day course aims to equip nurses with the clinical knowledge and skills to become a nurse cervical screening provider (NCSP).  It includes sessions on the role and clinical skills of the reproductive and sexual health (RSH) nurse.  In addition, the course introduces a range of reproductive and sexual health topics including vaginal and vulval health, primary care gynaecology, contraception and sexually transmissible infections.

Course content

Lectures, demonstrations, workshops, role-plays, a tutor client session, group work, and an assessment workbook address the following topics:

  • the role of a nurse cervical screening provider
  • assessment skills and sexual history taking
  • principles of population screening
  • cervical cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • cervical screening theory and clinical skills
  • treatment of abnormal cervical screening
  • management of cervical screening results
  • policy, clinical guidelines and medico-legal issues    
  • cervical screening provider credentialing
  • tutor client session and role play
  • introduction to gynaecological conditions and sexually transmissible infections
  • past history of sexual assault and cervical screening

Please download a sample course program.

Who would benefit from this course?

Registered nurses (Division 1) and registered midwives (Division 1) are eligible to complete the course and practice as cervical screening providers.  

Entry requirements / Eligibility

At least one year post-registration experience is necessary for all nurses and midwives enrolling in the course.

Evidence of current registration is required as part of the enrollment process.  Previous experience in the area of women’s health, reproductive and sexual health or community health is an advantage but not a requirement.

All course participants completing any of their clinical placement component at Family Planning Victoria sites must obtain a national police check (included in cost of course). This must be processed and passed before placement can commence, which can take over a week.


  • Family Planning Victoria’s Certificate in Cervical Screening and Introduction to Sexual Health (Nursing)
  • Eligibility to be credentialed as a nurse cervical screening provider with a Victorian Cytology Service Provider Number.

Nurses who wish to receive the full Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (Nursing) must successfully complete both the Comprehensive Reproductive and Sexual Health (Nursing) course and the Cervical Screening (Pap Test) and Introduction to Sexual Health (Nursing) course. This includes course attendance, completion of clinical placements and completion of assessment pieces within two years.  We recommend you complete the two courses in the above order to minimise your workload and the number of clinical placements.

Accreditation / Recognition

Recognition of prior learning is available to nurses who seek credits for previous study and/or existing skills (fees apply).

2018 Cost

$1576 (GST free), including morning and afternoon tea.


To register, please download, complete and return the Nurse Registration Form 2018 and Statement of Course Requirements Acknowledgement form to the Clinical & Community Education Unit (contact details below).

Course registration requires full payment of the course fees unless other arrangements have been made with the course coordinator.

For information regarding cancellation, please refer to our terms & conditions.


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Clinical & Community Education Unit

Telephone: 03 9257 0129 

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