Postgraduate program Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
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Duration1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021),
Program Code40023

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

Government subsidised places available

Government subsidised places available

The time is now, study in 2021 and you may be eligible to receive discounts of up 80% on your course fees.

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3rd 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).

Career

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.

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

* Registered nurse in own country

* Currently employed and engaged in clinical practice on a regular basis while undertaking this program

* Letter of support from Nurse Educator/Nurse Manager, which may include delegated authority to nominated mentors or experienced clinicians

 

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Knowledge and skills ascribed to a Registered Nurse.

You can look at Uni prep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

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Ok, great, let's go!

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide certified copies of any relevant educational qualifications completed with institutions other than the University of Newcastle. All applicants must:

  • provide evidence of current nursing registration. Applicants registered outside Australia must provide a certified copy of their registration certificate.
  • be employed as a RN in a clinical speciality area and have the support of a Clinical Nurse Educator or a Nurse Unit Manager.
  • provide a detailed CV, confirmation of employment, and a letter of support (PDF, 48KB) from a Clinical Nurse Educator (in area) or Nurse Unit Manager.

Apply to study in Australia

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide certified copies of any relevant educational qualifications completed with institutions other than the University of Newcastle. All applicants must:

  • provide evidence of current nursing registration. Applicants registered outside Australia must provide a certified copy of their registration certificate.
  • be employed as a RN in a clinical speciality area and have the support of a Clinical Nurse Educator or a Nurse Unit Manager.
  • provide a detailed CV, confirmation of employment, and a letter of support (PDF, 48KB) from a Clinical Nurse Educator (in area) or Nurse Unit Manager.

Apply to study online

This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

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