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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
External Studies
1GC007
1GC507
Course Duration
Full-time
0.5 year/s
Part-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

GCCN

Award
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

As a Registered Nurse, you need the skills and knowledge to provide specialised care to individuals, families and communities from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

During this course, you will focus on a clinical nursing speciality, which can also be your research focus if you choose this path.

Key clinical nursing specialities you can choose to study include:

  • acute care
  • cancer
  • chronic conditions
  • emergency
  • intensive care
  • mental health
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • perioperative
  • renal.

In the increasingly complex and challenging world of health care, this course provides an opportunity to enhance your existing clinical knowledge and build capacity to move into further study and research. The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills in clinical practice and intellectual engagement through critical analysis and reflection relevant to nursing practice and education.

You will be an informed leader on health care issues emphasising cross cultural practice while building on your research, ethical, political and reflective skills.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All applicants must have minimum 0.6 full time employment in the stream for which they are applying and provide details of their professional responsibilities as part of the online application through SATAC.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course prepares you for senior roles in the nursing and health care field. You may also move into our Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing and/or Master of Clinical Nursing programs.


  • Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    Credit transfer

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campus notes

    External: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This course consists of core units and special electives. Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the course ensure that students are able to develop their clinical experience and professional practice. The emphasis of the program is cross-cultural clinical practice: building competence, increasing specialty knowledge, applying culturally appropriate clinical skills in the clinical setting.

Students wishing to further their studies may articulate into a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing and/or Master of Clinical Nursing programs.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(3 units)
30
Compulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below.

HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402 2016)
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420 2016)
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440 2016)
 

Specialist Elective Unit
(1 unit)

10

Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units below.

Students specialising in Paediatric Nursing MUST complete

HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)

ALL other students must complete

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408 2016)

 

 
40
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2017

HEA561 has been removed from Core to a Specialist Elective.

HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 has been added as a Specialist Elective for paediatric nursing.

Unit Code Changes - 2016

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
HEA402 HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
HEA408 HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
HEA420 HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1
HEA440 HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2

Clinical Nursing specialty streams available in 2015 include:

Acute Care
Cancer
Chronic Conditions
Emergency
Intensive Care
Mental Health
Orthopaedics
Paediatrics
Perioperative
Renal

Clinical Nursing specialty streams available in 2014 include:

Chronic Disease
Perioperative
Renal

 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

FULL TIME STUDY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402) CO    

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408)
OR
For Paediatric Nursing

HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016) 

SE    
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420) CO    
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440) CO    

The Recommended Study Plan provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part- time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

PART-TIME STUDY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402) CO HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420) CO

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408)
OR
For Paediatric Nursing

HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)

SE HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440) CO

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard part time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 PART-TIME LOAD

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420) CO
    HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440) CO
Year 2
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402) CO    

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408)
OR
For Paediatric Nursing

HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)

SE    

 

 

Everything you need to get started

How to apply for domestic students

Applications for postgraduate courses at CDU are submitted through SATAC.

 

The application process is simple and can be completed online.

 

To help you out, we've put together an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Admission requirements for domestic students

Before applying, you may want to check if you meet the admission requirements for studying with CDU.

 

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

Are you applying as an International Student?

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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