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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2020: AUD$ 39,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2021: AUD$ 41,400 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)

International Admission by Country
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Degree overview

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing.1
  • Learn in our unique, clinician led authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus with expert clinical staff.
  • Practice 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 Nursing,2 as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Study at the No.1 University in Australia for student satisfaction in Nursing.3
  • 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 online learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.


Nursing students

Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to practice as a registered nurse in Australia.

Our bridging and re-entry qualification is designed for registered nurses who hold an overseas degree, and previously registered Australian nurses who wish to re-enter the workforce.

Students with an overseas degree will study on campus, and previously registered Australian nurses will study online. All students attend on campus workshops and learn in our clinician-led, authentic, simulated hospital and health service (HHHS). Clinical placement will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the most important sectors of healthcare.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a registered nurse in Australia.

You’ll review the Australian healthcare system along with the legal and ethical principles related to nursing, mental health, Aboriginal health, acute aged care and nursing research.

Other topics include the development of professional and inter-professional communication and relationships. In addition to this, you will look at the lifespan approach to physical examination, primary healthcare and disease prevention, caring for clients with complex conditions and also take part in skills development and simulation activities.

Degree structure

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

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 studying with the University of South Australia 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

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

Nursing student

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

State of the art facilities, together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing,1 as well as academics and experienced clinicians means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are ranked No.1 in Australia for quality education2
  • we are ranked in the World’s Top 50 under 503
  • we are ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing.4
  • we are ranked No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in Nursing.5

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

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22019 THE University Impact Rankings 
3Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
42020 QS Subject Rankings
5ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.

Real-world connections

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

We have clinical arrangements with local health and rural health networks, major hospitals, healthcare providers, aged care services and mental health services, in the private and public sectors.  

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

Career outcomes

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 and recognition

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 40,900 (12.4 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 32,700 (11.7 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check you meet the full entry requirements for this program
  • 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


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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 program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and academic, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio, particularly the bridging and re-entry to practice program. I have an interest in improving the learning experience for international students and policy underpinning re-entry to clinical practice.

Miss Terry Friebe

Program Director

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Portrait image for Miss Terry Friebe

Miss Terry Friebe

Program Director


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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

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