Graduate Certificate in Aged Care - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Aged Care

Become a skilled, responsive leader in aged care

Australia’s aged care sector is growing rapidly, which means increasing demand for capable and responsive leadership across a range of healthcare settings. This specialised graduate certificate equips you with advanced knowledge and skills in the core areas of leadership, management and quality care of the older person. With a wide choice of elective subjects, you can also develop specialised knowledge in areas like mental health, public health or organisational behaviour.

Study location
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1, Semester 2
12 months part time or 6 months full time for Semester 2 online intake
Study mode
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
Program coordinator
Associate Professor Jo Wu

This flexible program can be completed entirely online (subject to course availability), or as a combination of online and on-campus learning options.

You can also choose to progress to a master’s-level qualification to further your role as a health sector leader.

In this program you will:
  • Advance your knowledge and understanding in an area of aged care
  • Prepare yourself for health care management and leadership
  • Develop opportunities for advanced practice roles within aged care
  • Have the option to finish in one semester
Career opportunities:

Graduates will extend their career pathways in aged care sector leadership, clinical education and clinical practice roles.

Admission requirements:

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a bachelor's qualification (AQF level 7) in a health-related field from a recognised tertiary education provider. Applicants who are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who do not have a bachelor's qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Coordinator.


USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Graduate Certificate in Aged Care in 2022. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be a domestic student, and meet the citizenship and residency requirements. For more information visit Commonwealth supported places. Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Aged Care, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC. Commonwealth supported places will be allocated to eligible students who meet the entry requirements in order of application date, so apply as soon as possible.

Program structure

Required courses (2) 24 units

HLT500 Ageing in Australia
NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice

Elective courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 courses (24 units) from:

NUR551 Community and Primary Healthcare
NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
HLT600 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
HSM701 Issues in Health Sector Management
PUB707 Public Health Foundations
MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations
MGT702 Understanding and Managing Organisational Behaviour
MHN704 Understanding and Preventing Suicide

Note: Program structures are subject to change.

Total units: 48
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
Program notes
  • Full time study available Semester 2 only
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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Ways to study

Choose to study on campus, online or a combination of both.