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Graduate Certificate in  Nursing

Program code: 5392

Location

External, St Lucia

Duration

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

Commencing

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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5392
  • 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
    8
  • Delivery location
    External, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

Other OET - A minimum grade of B for each sub skill (L,S,R,W).

BEP is not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

Due to the delivery mode or duration of this program, international students who want to study the Graduate Certificate in Nursing will not be eligible for a Student visa (subclass 500).

In order to study this program in Australia, you must have a temporary Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement.

Alternately, some programs can be studied from outside Australia.

For other visa options, visit the Department of Home Affairs, or contact UQ International for more information.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure

Courses

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $15,816
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the 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. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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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.

Due to the delivery mode or duration of this program, international students who want to study the Graduate Certificate in Nursing will not be eligible for a Student visa (subclass 500).

In order to study this program in Australia, you must have a temporary Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement.

Alternately, some programs can be studied from outside Australia.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact UQ International.

Apply now

Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae.

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 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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