Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus

Are you a graduate registered nurse who wants to hone your clinical knowledge and improve your decision-making skills? The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing is designed for the newly qualified nurse in their first year of practice and can be completed in one year of part-time study. You undertake a mixture of practical and online study while employed in the clinical setting. Upon graduation, you can also choose to continue your studies with a Graduate Diploma or Master of Nursing. To apply, you will need to be a current employee at one of our partner health institutions.

  • Why study this degree?

    This partnership program is a unique collaboration between The University of Notre Dame Australia and several leading health providers in Western Australia, including the Marian Clinic, Perth Clinic, Rockingham General Hospital, SwanCare, and St John of God Healthcare.

    The program, which is only available to students who have a nursing degree and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and have a graduate employee contract with the partnering health providers, aims to improve your expertise in the clinical area. It comprises units in advanced health assessment, clinical nursing practice and nursing governance. As part of the program, you undertake a series of clinical rotations and written projects.

    Upon graduation, you can embark on a further year of study leading to a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing and, later, a Master of Nursing.

  • Program summary

    • NURS4016 Advanced Health Assessment
    • NURS4019 l Nursing Practice 1
    • NURS4026 Nursing Practice 2
    • NURS4017 Nursing Governance

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our graduate program you will gain real professional experience.

  • Entry requirements

    The following entry requirements apply to this Program:

    • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or provisional registration; whichever is applicable at the time of commencement.
    • Nursing or other appropriate degree or the equivalent
    • Candidates must be employed in a graduate position with a participating health service provider and have their hospital's support to undertake the program.

    Please note:

    • Interviews for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing will be at the discretion of the health service and conducted on site.
    • Please be aware that the standard course costs do not apply for this program. Course costs are reduced due to the unique nature of this hospital-based, university-supported learning program.
  • Fees and costs

    For further information, please contact the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, please call our Prospective
    Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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