Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry)

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Online and Cairns
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCH79
First-year fee
$2,221 (Indicative) (CSP)
$13,878 (Indicative) (FFP)
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.


If you are a registered nurse whose registration has lapsed, this course will enable you to regain full registration while also assisting you to build your skills and experience.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) enables you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in order to return to work as a Registered Nurse. This course will build on your existing theoretical, practical and research knowledge. This course will include a five-day residential school and 160 hours of industry-based learning. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Re-Entry), you will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-entry) and acquiring registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia you will be equipped to work as a Registered Nurse within Australia. As a Nurse, you can choose from a number of roles in the healthcare profession including positions in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • general health services
  • mental health
  • community health
  • residential care
  • indigenous health
  • remote and rural health.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete three core units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2023Cairns
Term 2, 2023Cairns

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Term 1 2024 Application Timelines

Applications for Term 1, 2024, for this course close on Monday, 19 February 2024. 

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

Students must attend a 5-day compulsory residential school at the end of the term, before attending work-integrated learning. The location of the residential school will be determined by timetabling.

Professional Practice - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)


This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, subject to Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) approval.

Clinical Nursing Practice - NURS20162

Students will complete 160 hours of work-integrated learning in an area of nursing where they have relevant experience. Student rosters will be at the discretion of the facility, it is expected that students work all shifts. Students may be required to travel to attend work-integrated learning.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year CSP place
Indicative first-year FFP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year depending on the type of place you are offered, for example, a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place. For a graduate certificate, this is usually four units studied full-time over one term or part-time over two terms. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. 

Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth Supported Places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course in 2024, you may be eligible for significant fee savings, provided you meet CSP eligibility requirements. CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees.

If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees.


You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan if you are offered a CSP. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. 

Learn more about paying for university.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

How to apply

How to apply

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Extra admission information

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