Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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Graduate Certificate in Nursing


Please note: No direct entry. This program is only available as an exit point — refer to the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)

Program summary

Take your nursing practice to the next level.

The Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) is designed for degree qualified Nurses who are eligible to register (Division 1) to enable you to shape the development and delivery of health care services.

It prepares you for clinical leadership, research and advanced practice roles and provides opportunity for continuing professional development. Choose a specialisation in acute and emergency care, community and primary health care, and clinical practice education.

The program is delivered in blended mode using a combination of online and on-campus learning.

Students may choose to exit the masters program after completing four courses, and may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

Students must have completed all the requirements of the Graduate Certificate to be awarded this program. Please note that there is no direct entry into the Graduate Certificate.

Admission requirements

The program is only available as an exit point. Students should refer to the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership).

Career opportunities

Graduates will extend their career pathways in clinical leadership in administration, education, research and practice roles. These roles are enacted in a range of private and public, primary, secondary and tertiary, health care services, in institutional and community settings. In addition graduates will potentially have increased opportunities in higher education career pathways.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program structure

Required courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR551 Community and Primary Health Care
NUR552 Co-ordinating Care in Community and Primary Care Contexts
NUR703 Infant Care
NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR705 Responding in the Emergency Context
NUR706 Coordinating Complex Emergency Situations
NUR707 Global Emergency Issues
NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR709 Professional Internship
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR720 Mental Health Contexts of Care
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR740 Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Care
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB705 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

1 course (12 units) may be chosen from available postgraduate elective courses (700 coded) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

Only 1 course (12 units) may be chosen from:

HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

Only 1 course (12 units) may be chosen from:

HLT703 Special Project: Evaluating Practice Knowledge
HLT704 Special Project: Translating Knowledge into Practice

OR select all 4 courses (48 units) from:

NUR731A Research Project A
NUR731B Research Project B
NUR731C Research Project C
NUR731F Research Project F

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.



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Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Exit point only. No direct admission to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing
  • Students unable to complete the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) may exit via this program with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing
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