Skip to main content

Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies

2021

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (CSP)
1GC058
821332
Online (FF)
1GC558
871332
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
Full-time
0.5 year/s
Part-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

UNURS1

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

The Graduate Certificate of Nursing Studies is an innovative course that 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, this bespoke course allows you to self-select units offered from the nursing and health fields, giving you the flexibility to customise your individualised program of study from a selection of online units that you can study around your own schedule and interests. Unit coordinators are available by email and phone or face to face online technology.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Certificate in Nursing Studies will have advanced their foundational knowledge of nursing studies and developed understanding, appreciation and application of evidence based practice. Completion of postgraduate education is a necessity for a wide range of career advances such as management, leadership or education roles or academic or research positions. 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 & 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

  • 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.

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)

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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.

 

Course structure

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


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

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.
 

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 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    
Specialist Elective 4 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

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

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

Semester 1 Semester 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 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
    Specialist Elective 3 SE
    Specialist Elective 4 SE

Part-time Study Plan

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

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; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: 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.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

 

 

 

UAC

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.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

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

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

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.

We're here to help you

Need some help with your CDU application? Or not sure if you’re eligible to study? Get in touch and we’ll make sure you get the information you need.

By submitting this form you agree to receive future student communications such as key date reminders, study tips, real student stories and more. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, see our privacy policy for more information.