Graduate Certificate in Nursing – Online


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If you’re looking to improve your career prospects in Nursing, the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation), is a certification program that will deepen your existing knowledge and skills. Qualified nurses can take this educational opportunity that is designed to suit the advancing role of the registered nurse, facilitating your professional growth and development. You can also improve your analytical skills and ability to assess patients.
You can also gain an entry path to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, which could subsequently lead to a Master’s degree in Nursing in Australia.
Note: International students in Australia who hold a student visa are required to study full-time and on-campus*. Such courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia and also those in Australia who are not on a student visa. These online courses are not open to international students in Australia holding a student visa.

Admission Requirements

For Online Applicants
The prerequisites for admission to the GCN/GDN course for students who wish to take the course online include:

  • Being an International graduate nurse who has completed three year of Nursing/ Bachelor of Nursing / Diploma of Nursing
  • Holding a registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Board from their country of origin or practice;
  • Having at least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse;
  • Possessing adequate computer access and computer skills in working with and knowledge of Microsoft Office courses; and
  • Providing evidence of an IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE or
  • Passing a short academic essay in the English Language (500 – 700 words) on a topic provided by IHM from a pool of approved essay topics. You will require a minimum grade of 65 % and will also have to attend an interview with IHM academic staff.

Note that each application will be accessed on a case by case basis by the course coordinator in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedures for Course delivered to Overseas Students.

Benefits to Nurses

  • Registered Nurses with Diploma of Nursing qualification can take this course to later gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • As the course is completely online, you can continue working while you study
  • You will get global recognition; as the course is accredited to TEQSA and accepted in leading countries worldwide especially in the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand etc.
  • After successful completion of GDN, you can undertake a Master of Nursing with up to one-year credit
  • As a GDN degree holder, you can choose to become a nurse educator, coordinator, or manager and can also achieve other senior positions in healthcare.

Benefits of Online Study

Online study is flexible, and students may attend lectures and tutorials anywhere, any time to fit in around their working schedule and rosters:

  • If you miss a lecture, you may catch-up 24/7 online with resources and support available also 24/7
  • An online repository of lectures, tutorials and resources are all accessible from your PC, mobile and tablet
  • You also have the option of visiting any Health Careers Training Centre (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Philippines, Kochi, Dubai and three centres in Mumbai) to access support, join a lecture online or participate in a one-on-one support session.

Nested Course Structure

If a student chooses to exit midway through the GDN course, they may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing, consisting of four units of study over one study period full time or, for non CRICOS students, two study periods part time.

Note that students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, subject to credit transfer and recognition of prior learning procedures.

Possible Career Outcomes

On completion of this course, you could get a career in a leadership position including these roles:

  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Staff Development Nurse

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing consists of 4 units:

GCNNK1 Nursing Knowledge 1
GCNNK2 Nursing Knowledge 2
GCNCP3 Clinical Project
GCNRN4 Research in Nursing

Course Start Dates

  • Apr 2, 2020
  • Jul 9, 2020
  • Oct 8, 2020

Fees & Charges

  • Tuition Fee : AUD $9,750.00
  • Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Payment plans available.

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

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