Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC041 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing.1
  • 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
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Further your career as a Registered Nurse by broadening your career prospects in the specialty field of cardiovascular nursing.
  • Study with the No.1 University in South Australia for teaching quality in Nursing.4

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.
4ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public universities only.



As a Registered Nurse, you will progress your career in the specialty field of cardiovascular nursing with our Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Cardiovascular Nursing). You will need to have current employment in the field, with access to people experiencing cardiovascular health problems.

This qualification will develop advanced skills in acute cardiac care, heart failure management and primary and secondary prevention in cardiovascular health. Offered fully online, you will have access to a supportive online learning environment.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

This graduate certificate will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to extend your professional expertise in the specialty area of cardiovascular health. You will cover topics such as:

  • acute cardiac care
  • heart failure management
  • primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular health.

In the first six months you’ll cover:

  • anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
  • cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • nursing management of acute coronary syndromes
  • management of cardiac emergencies
  • current interventional modalities for the management of acute coronary syndromes
  • the political, social and economic factors that impact on the provision of acute cardiac services.

During the final six months you’ll study:

  • management of biomedical and lifestyle/behavioural risks
  • principles of primary healthcare in cardiovascular health
  • health promotion and prevention in cardiovascular health
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • heart failure management.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Cardiovascular Nursing 1 NURS 5147 9
Cardiovascular Nursing 2 NURS 5148 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 portfolios
  • online activities
  • reports
  • practical assessments.

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of studying with UniSA 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 (Cardiovascular Nursing)

Why this Degree

This online, part-time qualification has been designed to suit working professionals, with interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment to enable you to organise your study to suit your lifestyle.

You will learn from specialist postgraduate teaching staff, above world-class researchers in Nursing1 and industry-experienced clinicians, assuring you 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.

Our flexible suite of postgraduate nursing and midwifery qualifications are designed to recognise your prior learning and advance your career. Upon successful completion of a postgraduate qualification, you may then be eligible to gain credit into higher level qualifications and reduce the overall duration of your 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, giving 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.

Online study is available but on-campus attendance for one workshop is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Cardiovascular Nursing) prepares registered nurses to work in the speciality field of cardiovascular nursing.

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.

With a qualification specialising in cardiovascular health, graduates will be able to continue working in the area of cardiovascular health with advanced knowledge and skills.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community settings
  • aged/rehabilitative care
  • home care
  • community health organisations
  • child and adolescent health services.

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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and academic, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio, particularly the 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.

AsPr Paul Bennett

Program Director

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AsPr Paul Bennett

Program Director


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What others are saying

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Employment: Southern Cross Care
Role: Director of Operations

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Jo Boylans

<br />Employment: Southern Cross Care

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Role: Executive Director

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Jennifer Fereday

<br />Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon