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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

UNURS1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies is an innovative course for registered nurses seeking a bespoke, tailored postgraduate qualification.

It prepares you for a wide range of careers in nursing, such as working in clinical practice, research, education or management roles.

Building on your undergraduate nursing studies, the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies allows you to self-select units offered from the nursing and health fields, giving you the flexibility to customise an individualised program.

The course is 100% online, so you can study around your own schedule. You'll have access to an easy-to-use online learning platform, 24/7 technical support, and email, phone and video communication with unit coordinators.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies, you may progress to the Master of Nursing, with advanced standing of completed studies.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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.

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Why study Nursing and Midwifery at CDU?

Future-proof your career in healthcare with a postgraduate nursing or midwifery degree at CDU. Delivered by passionate and expert lecturers, your learning will be guided by evidence, innovation and patience-centred care.

  • #2 in Australia for postgraduate nursing starting salary (GUG 2023)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
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Why study Nursing and Midwifery at CDU?

Find a rewarding career in healthcare when you study nursing or midwifery at CDU. Our graduates have the academic knowledge and hands-on experience to confidently enter the workplace and deliver evidence-based care to their patients.

  • Gain practical experience through placements and state-of-the-art clinical simulation suites located around Australia
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • #2 in Australia for postgraduate nursing starting salary (GUG 2023)

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of three to four specialist elective units from within the nursing and health fields.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Specialist Electives
(4 units)

40cp

Specialist Elective Units totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

HEA503 Fostering Curiosity for Care
HEA504 Communication and Assessment Skills for Clinical Education
HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners
HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable population
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Partnerships
HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health Care
 

 

40cp

Total Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

 

Study plan


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective 1SE  
Specialist Elective 2SE  
Specialist Elective 3SE  
Specialist Elective 4SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 3SE
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 4SE

Specialist Elective Availability (from 2021 Summer Semester is no longer available)

Semester 1Semester 2

Summer Semester
(not available from 2021)

Specialist Elective Availability
HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners
HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable Populations
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Partnerships
HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health Care

 

HEA503 Fostering Curiosity for Care
HEA504 Communication and Assessment Skills for Clinical Education
HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners
HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable Populations
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health Care
 

 

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
  Specialist Elective 3SE
  Specialist Elective 4SE

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
Calendar Year 2
Specialist Elective 3SE  
Specialist Elective 4SE  

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

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.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Nursing and Midwifery, Health

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (CSP)
1GC058
821332
Online (FF)
1GC558
871332
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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