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

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Graduate Certificate in Aged Care

Discounted online short course

The Australian Government is providing support for people to retrain or upskill during COVID-19. As part of this initiative, USC is offering the Graduate Certificate in Aged Care in Semester 2, 2020 at a significantly discounted rate allowing eligible domestic students to build skills and knowledge in an area of national priority. The indicative course fee for eligible students is $1,250 (Commonwealth supported place).

To be eligible for the discounted rate, you must commence study in Semester 2, 2020 and complete by no later than December 2020. You must be enrolled full-time (four courses) for the duration of the semester. Students whose study duration extends past December 2020 will be subject to full fee payment for any study after this date. Students who enrol in fewer than four courses in Semester 2, 2020 will also be subject to full fee payment.

Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

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 locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1, Semester 2
6 months full time (or part time equivalent)
Study mode
Blended Learning, Online
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.

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 qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Coordinator.

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

For students enrolled in Semester 2, 2020 as part of the Australian Government's COVID-19 online short course initiative: 

Complete the following 2 required courses:

HLT500 Ageing in Australia
NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice

Plus choose a further 2 elective courses from the following list:

NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR722 Assessment in Mental Health
NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment
HSM701 Issues in Health Sector Management
MGT702 Understanding and Managing Organisational Behaviour 
PUB707 Public Health Foundations

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 48

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
Program notes
  • 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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