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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2018: AUD$ 36,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 37,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0 or greater]
  • IELTS reading [7.0 or greater]
  • IELTS writing [7.0 or greater]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0 or greater]
  • IELTS listening [7.0 or greater]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 50 for Nursing1.
  • Learn in our unique, clinician led authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus with expert clinical staff.
  • Practise your skills with residents of our virtual health community including interactive manikins each with their own persona, and real people acting as residents.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Experience what it’s like to work as a nurse in today’s clinical setting, with an eight-week supervised clinical placement for bridging students and a six-week supervised clinical placement for re-entry students.
  • Gain advanced knowledge of the Australian healthcare system.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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



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.

What you'll need

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.

Why Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging & Re-entry)

Why this Degree

UniSA has invested millions of dollars in on-campus clinics and facilities. The Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service, at our City East, Mt Gambier and Whyalla campuses. As a nursing student, you can participate in clinical learning and practise within the HHHS throughout your degree, in addition to off-campus clinical placements. 

The HHHS is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by residents of our Horizon City and Community, a virtual health community which is unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world nursing practice. Residents of Horizon include interactive manikins each with their own persona, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories. 

As part of your studies, you will regularly engage and interact with Horizon residents, both within the virtual environment and in HHHS to develop and practise your nursing knowledge and skills.

This practical learning together with teaching staff who are well 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:

  • 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 502 

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 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.

Your career

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:

  • 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

Professional accreditation

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry) program students will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts


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


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


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 the practical skills and knowledge needed to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia. You will cover topics such as:

  • healthcare and legal systems in Australia
  • nursing ethics
  • the nursing process
  • physical examination
  • standard precautions
  • alternative health modalities
  • mental healthcare issues
  • primary healthcare
  • Aboriginal health
  • aged care
  • nursing research
  • professional communication

You will also develop an understanding of pharmacological principles, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, endocrine, urinary/renal, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems. 

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.



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

  • clinical activities
  • quizzes
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • clinical placement assessment

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


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

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

Portrait image for Dr Terri Gibson
Portrait image for Dr Terri Gibson

Dr Terri Gibson

Program Director



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 spaces

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. 

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • 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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