Graduate Certificate in Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Are you a Registered Nurse (Div 1) wanting to broaden your knowledge and skills or upgrade you qualification? The Graduate Certificate in Nursing provides a fast track into a formal nursing qualification. The program is fully online and can be easily combined with your existing work commitments and your family.

  • Why study this program?

    The Graduate Certificate in Nursing provides registered nurses with the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills so they are prepared to provide evidenced-based care in a range of contexts. There are a broad range of elective courses, enabling you to match your learning to your areas of interest or workplace needs.

    As a graduate, you can then choose to further your qualifications with a Graduate Diploma of Nursing, which requires an additional four courses, then add another four courses for a Master of Nursing (Coursework).

    The Graduate Certificate and Diploma programs are open to you if you do not have an undergraduate nursing degree, but have accumulated clinical experience as a Registered Nurse. Notre Dame provides a nurturing environment that will allow you to sharpen your skills and challenge you to succeed in your chosen field.

  • Program summary

    You will select subjects from the following areas:

    • Acute Care
    • Critical Care
    • Mental Health
    • Governance
    • Education
    • Evidenced based practice
    • Research
    • Professional Development
    • Management and Leadership

    *Students who wish to take full advantage of the HE Relief discounted rate should only choose the Nursing electives.

    The Counselling elective is not part of the HE Relief package:
    COUN5500 Counselling Skills for the Professions

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

  • 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
  • Fees

    For more information and indicative fees please visit the Fees page.

    If you have been displaced in the workforce due to COVID-19 and wish to retrain or upskill in identified national priority areas, you may be eligible for discounted student fees under the Government's Higher Education Relief Package. For further information please visit the Course Seeker website.

  • More information

    For more information please email studyonline@nd.edu.au.

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