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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing - CL16

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing provides you with advanced nursing knowledge and skills based upon contemporary national and international evidence relevant to the beginning registered nurse, and allows you to apply these within your own clinical setting.

With fee savings of more than 80% available to eligible students in 2022, now is the perfect time to upskill and advance your career. This course is an approved short course under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates funding package and is Commonwealth supported in 2022. Eligible students who study this course in 2022 will pay a reduced student contribution of $1992.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

4/24

DURATION

0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

Advance your career with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and enhance your professional nursing attributes including autonomy, accountability and critical reflection.

You will develop clinical decision makings skills through the use of evidence, reflection, discussion and critical review of situation, context and resources. During the course, you will study four units aimed at enhancing confidence and competence in the clinical areas. It includes clinically based practice and theory in collaboration with your employing health service and the university.

Upon completion, students can articulate into CQUniversity's Masters of Clinical Nursing

Admission pathways

There are two application pathways for entry to this course. Upon application, you will be required to identify which pathway you are applying for.

Pathway 1 (Graduate Program with Recognised Health Services)

Applicants who are enrolled in a partnered graduate program at one of the following Health Services, will be eligible to enter the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing via Pathway 1. Under this pathway, you may be eligible to receive credit for two units - NURS20171 and NURS20172. Students entering via Pathway 1 will be eligible to receive a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

  • Cairns and Hinterland and Hospital and Health Services (CHHHS)
  • Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services (CQHHS)
  • Mackay Hospital and Health Services (MHHS)
  • Mater Townsville
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Services (MSHHS)
  • Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services (WBHHS)
  • The Friendly Hospital - Bundaberg
  • Western District Health Service (WDHS), Victoria
  • Yorke and Northern Local Health Network (YNLHN), South Australia

You will be required to submit the following with your application:

  1. AHPRA registration number
  2. Letter of support from your Health Service demonstrating you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner (as listed above) for new graduates. 

Pathway 2

If you are not currently enrolled in a partnered graduate program, you will need to apply via Pathway 2. This pathway requires you to have arranged access to work a minimum of 16 hours per week in a clinical setting with a Health Service. Students who receive an offer to study the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing via Pathway 2 will be offered a full fee paying place. In 2022, students may be eligible to study via Pathway 2 in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) under the Government's Job Ready funding. 

You will be required to submit the following with your application: 

  • AHPRA registration number
  • Letter of support from your Health Service that must detail your current employment as a Registered Nurse, a detail a minimum of 16 hours per week is worked in a clinical setting and what area/setting currently worked in. Please ensure the letter is on Health Service letterhead with a printed name, signature and contact details for verification if required. 

Qualification for $1992

Take advantage of the Government's Job Ready subsidies and receive a substantial discount on full fees in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. If you are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place and study this course in 2022, your total student contribution is $1992.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

If you are entering the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing via Pathway 1, you will be required to study two core units. If you are entering via Pathway 2, you will be required to study four core units. More detailed information on each pathway is provided below.

Pathway 1 (Graduate Program with Recognised Health Services)

If you receive an offer via Pathway 1, you will follow the below study sequence.

  • NURS20170 (Term 1)
  • NURS20169 (Term 2)

Upon successful completion of NURS20170 and NURS20169, and completion of your partnered graduate program, you will be eligible to receive credit for the units NURS20171 and NURS20172.

Pathway 2

If you are studying via Pathway 2, you will complete four core units.

  • NURS20170 Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting (Term 1)
  • NURS20171 Nursing and Professional Practice 1 (Term 1)
  • NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance (Term 2)
  • NURS20172 Nursing and Professional Practice 2 (Term 2)

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.

CQUniversity’s postgraduate clinical nursing course will enhance your skills and knowledge in providing high-quality nursing care in a clinical setting.

Career focussed

Enhance your career and benefit from content that is continually developed and updated in consultation with industry. You will learn from course academics with extensive nursing experience.

Flexible study options

Benefit from the flexibility to study online, allowing you to study when and how it suits you. 

Masters pathway

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (CL16), you can pathway into CQUni's Master of Clinical Nursing (CL22) with credit for four units. Our master course covers diverse content in a clinical nursing context and has a strong focus on professional practice in a clinical specialisation. You will further your career by completing a research project that allows you to explore a primary healthcare issue in your clinical specialisation area.


Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has been designed to complement students who are completing an approved graduate program or undertaking the minimum clinical hours with a relevant Health Service. 

This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must supply:

  • Evidence of current registration as a Registered Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); and
  • A letter of employment demonstrating you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner for new graduates; or
  • A letter of employment demonstrating current employment as a Registered Nurse, detailing a minimum of 16 hours per week, in a clinical setting (hospital, aged care, prison).

Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure that the letter contains your position title, duties performed, hours per week, and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

NA

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a nursing specific post-graduate qualification. This qualification has the potential to create opportunities for graduates: competency and confidence as a registered nurse; increased financial remuneration from some employers; a solid foundation to work towards nursing leadership roles in clinical specialties, management, education or research; and entry into the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing.

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This course will enhance your nursing career in a clinical setting.  

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$1,992.00
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$12,708.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in four units in one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

2022 Fees 

This course is an approved short course under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates funding package and is Commonwealth supported in 2022. Job Ready fees quoted on this course page are indicative, and final fees may vary depending upon individual students' selection of elective units.  

About Fees

Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.
No information available at this time.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.  Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy.  Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

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