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Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICNG

SATAC Code
4GC056 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 50 for Nursing1.
  • Further your career as a Registered Nurse by gaining advanced knowledge of the Australian healthcare system.
  • Learn from above world-class researchers in Nursing2,as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Enhance your learning through evidence-based practice.
  • Develop leadership and management skills.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1 2017 World Subject Rankings
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

Our Graduate Certificate in Nursing is for registered nurses who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the social, political and economic factors that affect nursing and health services. 

You will develop skills in:

  • policy analysis
  • change and resource management
  • health care governance
  • leadership

 

Why Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Why this Degree

This graduate certificate is a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning – we offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

With teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1 and industry-experienced, you'll be assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are No.1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 503

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are also fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
3 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms. This platform offers you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some qualifications, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing prepares registered nurses to work in a diverse range of fields by extending their professional expertise.

Nurses play a key role at the forefront of healthcare service, with their contribution to client care imperative for the wellbeing of today's society.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of nursing roles and will be well equipped to take on leadership and governance opportunities in a range of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged/rehabilitative care
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug/alcohol services
  • community health organisations
  • palliative care services
  • child and adolescent health services

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate will provide you with advanced practical skills and knowledge. You will cover topics such as:

  • policy analysis
  • change management
  • health care governance
  • leadership

You will develop an understanding of global issues, trends and practices that impact the delivery of nursing and health services.

You will also choose from the following electives:

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education
  • Educational Assessment for Health Professionals
  • Ageing in Contemporary Society
  • Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • online activities
  • discussion papers
  • essays
  • case study analysis
  • assignments

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Critical Perspectives on Nursing and Health Services HLTH 5136 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
9 units to be chosen from the courses below
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts NURS 5150 9
Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education HLTH 5183 4.5
Educational Assessment for Health Professionals HLTH 5181 4.5
Ageing in Contemporary Society NURS 5146 9
Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health HLTH 5151 9

I have worked as a clinician, manager, clinical educator, academic, researcher and board director, and have been at the helm of national and local changes to organisational systems in nursing practice. I have an interest in aged care in hospital settings, healthcare policy and funding.

Dr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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Dr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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