Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse Re-entry)

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus

Have you taken time out from nursing and would now like to resume your career? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse Re-entry) is a 15-week program designed to help you make the transition back into practice as a registered nurse. You must therefore hold, or have previously held, registration as a nurse in Australia. The program uses a combination of online study and face-to-face teaching.

  • Why study this degree?

    Returning to nursing after a break can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, this intensive 15-week program has been specially formulated to meet your needs if you were a former Registered Nurse who would like to resume your career in the nursing profession. Accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, this intensive program contains between 10-20 contact hours per week.

    Apart from bringing you up to speed with the latest in health research, health policy and practice, our Graduate Certificate program is also designed to develop skills in critical thinking, clinical reasoning and reflection.

    You are assessed based on a combination of tutorial presentations, case studies, written assignments, projects and journals. The program includes a significant component of practical experience so that you can return to the workforce with total confidence and all the necessary nursing skills.

  • Program summary

    You will complete the following subjects:

    • Transitions to Professional Practice
    • Contemporary Nursing Skills
    • Professional Practice (First Rotation)
    • Professional Practice (Second Rotation)

    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 practicum placements and
    internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with
    potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse Re-entry) is currently only available in Winter Term/Semester 2 of each year.  The application for admission closing date for Semester 2, 2020 is Friday 10 April 2020.

    Additional requirement for entry into this program include:

    • Eligibility for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse re-entry) will be determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
    • Applicants who are current RN’s (Registered nurse) wishing to do a refresher program and upskill in the areas of acute care and mental health may wish to apply for this program.
  • Pre-requisites for this program

    Before you commence your studies at Notre Dame, you will need:

    • A completed HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
    • National Criminal Record check (domestic students) and Federal Police Check and
    • Complete all immunisation requirements as set out by the Government of Western Australia Department of Health

    Further information is available in the School of Nursing Professional Practice Pack.

    English language requirements

    You must be able to demonstrate two years of full-time secondary, vocational or tertiary level of
    study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the
    United States of America. If you do not meet these requirements you will need to sit the Academic
    IELTS exam and achieve a score of at least 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each sub-section (reading, writing,
    listening and speaking) to qualify for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse
    Re-entry). This applies to Permanent Residents and Australian citizens whose first
    language is not English and have not completed two years full-time academic study in Australia. IELTS
    results will need to be verified by the Admissions Office before an offer of a place can be made. The
    Admissions Office reserves the right to ask for IELTS results from any applicant. For more information,
    please visit

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

    The Commonwealth Government has allocated a number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)
    for our nursing program. Please contact the Prospective Students Office for more detailed
    information on tuition fees and fee-replacement options.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Registered Nurse Re-entry), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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