Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

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$AU 14,250 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • This qualification is designed for previously registered Australian Nurses who have held a registration with the NMBA and wish to re-enter the workforce.
  • Experience what it’s like to work as a nurse in today’s clinical setting, with a six-week supervised clinical placement for re-entry students.
  • Join a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Learn in a state-of-the-art, clinician-led, simulated hospital on campus with expert clinical staff.
  • Study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research in nursing.2
  • Be supported by online learning resources, available to you 24/7.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for teaching quality in nursing.3

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


Nursing students Gain the practical skills needed to practice as a Registered Nurse in Australia, with advanced knowledge of the Australian healthcare system.

This qualification is designed to upskill previously registered Australian Nurses wishing to re-enter the health workforce with the knowledge and skills to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse standards for practice.

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'll 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'll 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're 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 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 our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

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

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-entry)

Nursing student UniSA’s curriculum is designed to prepare you for every aspect of real-world nursing practice.

UniSA has invested millions of dollars in building state-of-the-art on-campus clinics and facilities for our students to excel in their clinical learning. Our clinician-led, simulated hospital environments at our City East, Mount Gambier and Whyalla campuses will be utilised as teaching resources throughout your studies, in conjunction with real-world clinical placements. 

This simulated hospital environment is populated with a virtual community of Horizon residents. These 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. You'll regularly engage and interact with these residents to develop and practise your nursing knowledge and skills.

State of the art facilities, together with clinically-trained teaching staff and the University’s above world-class research in nursing1, means you’re assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • No.1 in Australia for quality education.2
  • In the World’s Top 50 under 50.3
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.4
  • No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.5

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  22019 THE University Impact Rankings. 3Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 42020 QS Subject Rankings. 5ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 — 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.  

Career outcomes

Your career

Being at the forefront of healthcare service, Nurses play a key role in contributing to the wellbeing of society. Graduates of this re-entry program 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.

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


Employment for Registered Nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 46,500 (15.6%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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 study spaces

You'll have access to our unique clinician-led, simulated hospital and health service on campus, as well as many excellent study and social spaces.

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 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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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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