Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging & Re-entry)
You're considered an Australian student if you are any of the following:
Our Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging & Re-entry) is for registered nurses who hold an overseas degree in nursing, and for previously registered Australian nurses who wish to re-enter the workforce. It will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to work as a registered nurse in Australia.
Practical learning is a major focus and you will do a lot of your learning in our unique, clinician led authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus, and practice your skills with state-of-the-art interactive manikins.
In this clinical setting you will be taught by registered clinicians with years of clinical experience. You will also complete supervised clinical field training as part of your studies.
On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.
You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you'll study.
UniSA has invested millions of dollars in on-campus clinics and facilities. Our Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is the only service of its kind in South Australia and offers you the opportunity to practice your clinical skills in an authentic simulated setting.
HHHS includes over 65 beds within 13 clinical units across three campuses for both nursing and midwifery degrees. People admitted to HHHS come from a virtual community, which has been developed by UniSA and is unique to the University. Each person has their own story and you will access their family and medical history for clinic visits, along with developed care records.
HHHS is a unique, clinician led simulated hospital and health service environment where you will gain hands-on learning during your hospital shifts, which include handover and progress note documentation. Regular partnerships with South Australia Health Service clinical leaders ensure elements such as safety and quality, documentation (including all aspects of care records), and infection control practices within HHHS mirror those of our health service.
This practical learning, together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1 and industry-experienced, means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.
As Australia’s University of Enterprise:
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
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.
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 healthcare settings, such as:
Associate Professor Rachael Vernon
This graduate certificate will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia. You will cover topics such as:
You will also develop an understanding of pharmacological principles, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, endocrine, urinary/renal, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems.
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.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|Professional Issues and Nursing Practice in Australia||NURS 5155||9||Rule(s): 7|
|Transition to Registered Nurse Practice in Australia||NURS 5156||9|
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.
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 >
As a nursing student, you will have access to our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus, and practice your skills with state-of-the-art interactive manikins.
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.
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.
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.