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Graduate Certificate in  Nursing

Program code: 5392

Delivery location

External, St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Looking to advance your career in nursing? Deepen your existing knowledge and open the doors to new career prospects in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

  • This six-month, external program is designed for nurses from any specialty area looking to boost their career. You must be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Australia – see Program details for all entry requirements.
  • Benefit from a newly refined, student-focused structure designed to be more adaptable to the needs of working nurses. This program offers full- or part-time study schedules, with courses available online or as self-directed modules.
  • Study with a diverse cohort of nursing professionals and learn from their knowledge and experience. You will also be taught by experienced nursing practitioners and researchers who are leaders in their field both nationally and internationally.
  • Graduate with a respected qualification, or use your graduate certificate as a stepping stone to further study. Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for the Master of Advanced Nursing or the Master of Nurse Practitioner.

Develop the knowledge, thinking and reasoning skills to become an expert nurse who ensures the best possible health outcomes for people.

  • Employability

    In high demand

    The need for registered nurses with a postgraduate qualification is growing for senior roles (Grade 7 or above in Australia) particularly for advanced nursing roles. The Australian Department of Employment projects job growth of 22.7 per cent for nursing professionals between the years of 2017 - 2022.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is home to academics that are recognised as the best in Queensland. We scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our nursing and midwifery research is internationally significant. 

Career outcomes

Our graduates typically find employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, including:

  • care centres
  • community centres
  • GP clinics
  • public or private hospitals
  • schools
  • specialist clinics.

Many of our graduates use the Graduate Certificate in Nursing as a stepping-stone to a Masters program, which has a more comprehensive study plan and opportunities to develop greater expertise.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    External, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent and be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Australia.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Practice Nurses Association

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,580
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing is 5392. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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