Graduate Certificate in Nursing | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Take nursing practice to the next level. Develop a clinical specialisation in Community and Primary Health Care, Clinical Practice Education, Paediatric Care or Mental Health, or tailor your studies to suit your career goals. Progress on to the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) to cement your place as a health care leader.

In this program you will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding in an area of health research or practice
  • Prepare yourself for clinical leadership and advanced practice roles
  • Have the option to finish in one semester, in the four-elective path



6 months 6 months Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$2,220 / A$10,920 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Career opportunities

  • Clinical education
  • Clinical practice
  • Leadership

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
6 months 6 months
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

HLT500 Ageing in Australia
HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education
NUR551 Community and Primary Healthcare
NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR740 Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Care
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment

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

  • AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing award
  • Applicants who are Registered Nurses registered with AHPRA who do not have a bachelor-level qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Leader.

Additional entry information

All applicants must either be able to declare that English is their primary language (ie they have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States of America.); or they must attain an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest (obtained within two years prior to the commencement of the program). For more information visit English language requirements.

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • * All courses are offered face-to-face or online, except for HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education which has an on-campus requirement (2 x 6-hour workshops).

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$10,920 - 2024 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) as well as domestic fee paying places. Offers for both CSP and fee paying places will be made after the application due date for the program.

CSP will be allocated on the basis of your Grade Point Average in the degree used to meet admission requirements and/or your industry experience. Applicants falling below the demand-driven cut-off for a CSP may be offered a domestic fee paying place subject to capacity limitations.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders enrolled in a fee paying place will have the option of applying for a CSP in subsequent semesters if one becomes available. In these cases, the student’s current GPA in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing will be used to assess eligibility for a CSP place using the same entry cut-off applied for new CSP entrants during that admission period

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

Can be completed online
Flexible learning options
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