Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICNG

SATAC Code
4GC056 (Internal/External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Further your career as a Registered Nurse by gaining advanced knowledge of the Australian healthcare system.
  • Study at a university ranked in the World Top 100 for nursing.1
  • Learn from industry-experienced clinicians at a university with well above world-class research in nursing.2
  • Study at the No.1 university in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.3
  • Enhance your learning through evidence-based practice and develop leadership and management skills.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24/7.
  • Join South Australia’s No.1 university 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.

Snapshot

student working at home In one year of part-time online study, build your understanding of leadership, management and health care governance.

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

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’ll 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
Skills for Recovery Practice in Mental Health HLTH 5151 9
Allergy Nursing NURS 5167 9
Palliative Care Nursing NURS 5168 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 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

Why this Degree

This qualification has been designed to suit working professionals, with interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment.

You’ll learn from specialist postgraduate teaching staff and industry-experienced clinicians, meaning you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

UniSA’s teaching is informed by cutting-edge research. We’re home to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, a partnership between the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s South Australian branch (ANMFSA) and UniSA, where leading researchers are working to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery professions across the health system.

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

  • No.1 in Australia for quality education1
  • In the world’s Top 50 under 502
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.3
  • No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.4

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

12019 THE University Impact Rankings. 2Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 32020 QS Subject Rankings. 4ComparED (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, giving you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

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:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for teamwork and communication.

Some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may be required.

Career outcomes

Your career

Being at the forefront of healthcare service, nurses play a key role in contributing to the wellbeing of 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 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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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

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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.

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 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 researcher, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio. I am passionate about improving the learning experience for domestic and international students.

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

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

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Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | 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

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | 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

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Associate Professor Rachael Vernon