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

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Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Take your nursing practice to the next level.

This program will empower you to shape the future development and delivery of health care services. You’ll develop your clinical specialisation in Community and Primary Health Care, Clinical Practice Education, Paediatric Care or Mental Health, or tailor your studies to suit your career goals.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
6 months full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning, Online
Other requirements
All applicants must either be able to declare that English is their primary language (ie they have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States of America.); or they must attain an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest (obtained within two years prior to the commencement of the program). For more information visit English language requirements.
Total courses
Total units
48 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.

Progress on to the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) to cement your place as a health care leader.

In this program you will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding in an area of health research or practice
  • Prepare yourself for clinical leadership and advanced practice roles
  • Have the option to finish in one semester, in the four-elective path
Career opportunities:

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

Admission requirements:
  • AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing award
  • Applicants who are Registered Nurses registered with AHPRA who do not have a bachelor-level qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience and will require approval by the Program Leader.
Professional recognition:

Graduates may apply for membership with eligible clinical nursing organisations.


USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing 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 Nursing, 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 (4) 48 units

Select a 4 course *specialisation (48 units) from:

Clinical Studies
Community and Primary Health
Mental Health
Paediatric Care
Practice Education

*Specialisations may be available for part-time study only, depending on course availability each year. Click on the link for your preferred specialisation to view current course availability.

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

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

Program notes
  • *Specialisations may be available for part-time only, depending on course availability each year. Click on the link for your preferred specialisation to view current course availability.
  • * All courses are offered face-to-face or online, except for HLT702 Simulation in Practice Education which has an on-campus requirement (2 x 6-hour workshops).

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Ways to study

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