The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery



1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program code: 40023

Study Clinical Nursing

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing offers you a quality clinically focused education that can see you progress as a specialist clinical nurse. The program has been designed for registered nurses to develop their skills, knowledge, and the ability to respond to complex patient situations in specialised clinical environments.

With the opportunity to specialise in emergency, acute medical/surgical care, critical care, mental health, older person care or public health, this program will provide you with the theoretical foundation and clinical knowledge and skills to see you succeed.

Why study with us?

  • Enhance your nursing knowledge to progress your career - registered nurses looking to transition into more complex, clinically focused nursing roles will have the opportunity to upskill by choosing one of six speciality areas to study.
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle is ranked in the Top 38 in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing at a time that suits you.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Top 5 in Australia ? for overall graduate satisfaction
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at ‘well above standard
World top 38 ? for Nursing

What you will study

The program consists of four courses, one core course in pathophysiology and health assessment, which forms the basis of specialist practice. The remaining three courses give you the option of specialising in one of eight areas including:

  • Acute Care (medical/surgical)
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Older Person Care
  • Perinatal, Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Paediatric Child Health Care

Within the program are core and advanced clinical competencies that are based on the standards of practice published by the respective colleges, e.g. College of Emergency Nursing Australia (CENA).

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing will qualify you to work independently and collaboratively with a range of other health professionals, in a variety of clinical settings. With an increasing demand for qualified and experienced people in nursing, long term employment and career progression is possible.

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you will be qualified to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. You will also be eligible to gain entry into a number of Master programs, including the Master of Nursing, where you can continue in your chosen speciality.