Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Progress your nursing career with confidence
A fast-tracked formal nursing qualification for registered nurses seeking new skills and a promotion. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Prepare to provide evidenced-based care in a range of contexts. Open the door to further study.
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- 04 Feb 24
- 07 Jul 24
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What you'll learn
On completion of this program students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Develop leadership qualities to support staff development and professional competence
- Critically reflect on practice and own learning and develop skills for lifelong learning
- Examine the role of the multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated clinical care patients with varied health conditions
- Examine clinical governance frameworks related to quality nursing management and practice
- Use current evidence and research to inform patient assessment, clinical decisions and best practice
Grad Cert qualifications usually allow RNs to apply for promotion (e.g. Clinical Nurse Specialist roles). Grad Certs also allow RNs to build their confidence in University education (as many have not studied for some time) and to build towards higher qualifications to support career development progression into areas of research, management and leadership (e.g. Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Consultant).
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing applicants must hold a recognised Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent and current licence to practice as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or provisional registration whichever is applicable at the time of the student's program commencement.
English Proficiency Requirements
Defined as the successful completion of secondary education or a Bachelor’s degree in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland.
Students who have English as an Additional language and are admitted on the basis of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, are only admitted if they have attained n overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 7.0.
All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion
Credit for previous study or work
Applications for Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered and reviewed on a case by case basis by UNDA's Student Administration.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing provides registered nurses with the opportunity to further develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and leadership capability so they are prepared to provide evidenced-based care in a range of contexts. There are a broad range of elective courses, enabling participants to match their learning to their areas of interest or workplace needs.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Nursing students must complete a minimum of 100 Units of Credit. This involves 1 Core subject, 2 Core Elective subjects and 1 Additional Elective subject.
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Nursing students must complete a minimum of 100 Units of Credit. This involves 1 core course, 2 core elective courses and 1 additional elective course.
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