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Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICNG

SATAC Code
4GC056 (Internal/External)

Study as
Part-time

Degree overview

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing1.
  • Further your career as a Registered Nurse by gaining advanced knowledge of the Australian healthcare system.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Enhance your learning through evidence-based practice.
  • Develop leadership and management skills.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1 2019 QS World Subject Rankings
2 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

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Build your understanding of leadership, management and health care governance with our Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

Designed to further your career as a Registered Nurse, this qualification will equip you with advanced knowledge of the Australian health care system and progress your understanding of the social, political and economic factors that affect nursing and health services. You will also develop sought after skills in policy analysis, and change and resource management.

This qualification is offered online and part-time, which is great news for students who are trying to fit study in among work and other commitments. However, depending on your course selections you may have some on-campus workshops.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate will provide you with advanced practical skills and knowledge to develop your understanding of the global issues, trends and practices that impact the delivery of nursing and health services.

You will cover topics such as policy analysis, change management, health care governance and leadership, and choose from the following courses:

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education
  • Educational Assessment for Health Professionals
  • Ageing in Contemporary Society
  • Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Critical Perspectives on Nursing and Health Services HLTH 5136 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
9 units to be chosen from the courses below
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts NURS 5150 9
Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education HLTH 5183 4.5
Educational Assessment for Health Professionals HLTH 5181 4.5
Ageing in Contemporary Society NURS 5146 9
Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health HLTH 5151 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.

Assessment

Assessment

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

  • online activities
  • discussion papers
  • essays
  • case study analysis
  • assignments

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

Why Graduate Certificate in 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, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are ranked Top 10 in Australia2
  • we are ranked 25th in the World’s Top 50 under 503
  • we are ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing4

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.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2 Ranked 10th, 2019 THE World University Rankings
3 2019 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
4 2019 QS Subject Rankings

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

Please note that for some qualifications, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing prepares registered nurses to work in a diverse range of fields by extending their professional expertise. Graduates can work in a wide variety of nursing roles and will be well equipped to take on leadership and governance opportunities in a range 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

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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

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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

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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

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

Scholarships

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 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.

Student services

Student services

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.

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 program director

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.

AsPr Terri Gibson

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

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