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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing - CL56

CQUniversity's Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is ideal for registered nurses looking to develop their mental health nursing credentials. Delivered fully online in a hyper-flexible format, this course forms part of a suite of three mental health nursing courses and will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge required to practice in this area of nursing specialisation. You will have up to two years to complete this course.

DOMESTIC
UNITS/CREDITS

4/24

DURATION

1 years part-time

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is delivered via our Be Different platform and offers you a self-paced, ultra-flexible online course, ideal for busy, emerging health leaders looking for specialist skills in postgraduate mental health nursing.

Through this course, you will develop foundation knowledge and skills in mental health nursing, so it's an ideal course for you if you have an interest in mental health nursing or you are newly employed in mental health. You will build your skills and knowledge in undertaking mental health assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, along with psychotropic medication, and recovery. The Graduate Certificate is not only the ideal course to build a solid foundation in mental health nursing but also a great place to start as you become familiar with our Be Different learning platform.

If you are interested in developing advanced mental health knowledge and skills, this Graduate Certificate provides an ideal pathway into our Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, which is nationally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. This means that you will graduate from the Graduate Diploma with specialist mental health nursing skills and knowledge. Plus, after completing the Graduate Diploma you can later apply to become a credentialed Mental Health Nurse through the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (if you meet the other requirements).  After completing the Graduate Diploma, you may like to extend your studies and continue on in the Master of Mental Health Nursing.

Developed with industry and lived experience academics, we’ve made sure our mental health nursing courses are evidence-based and clinically relevant so that your studies truly reflect current and emerging mental health nursing matters. Add to this, the hyper-flexible delivery via our Be Different platform where you set your own pace and affordable tuition fees and you have a suite of mental health nursing courses that allow you to fit study around your life, not the other way round.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None


When you study this course via our hyper-flexible Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content delivered by our supportive Mental Health Nursing educators, but you also get to set the pace. You are not bound by our traditional term dates, such as Term 1 (March) or Term 2 (July) and you can submit your assessments at any time over the duration of the course.

The course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime.

Once enrolled, you will have up to two years to complete the course, and you'll have access to all of the unit material to work through in any order you choose. 

Wondering how a self-paced postgraduate course in mental health nursing works and what to expect? Explore the course details below to find out more.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is comprised of four units. These four units are generally broken down into five or six smaller, bite-sized modules for you to complete. Each unit is six credit points and designed to require a time commitment of a total of 144 hours.

If you choose to study all four units at once over a typical term duration of 12 weeks on a full-time basis this would equate to six months of full-time study for all four units. However, you will have up to two years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace. You might like to spread your study out evenly with 6-10 hours per week over the two-year duration or do larger study sessions all at once on the weekend or holidays, or something in-between, it’s completely up to you.

After enrolling, you’ll have access to all four units, and you can work through these in any order.

ASSESSMENTS
Your assessments range from portfolio, online quizzes, case studies and videoed presentations with all being based around your mental health nursing current or future practice – the difference is there are no deadlines or due dates. Additional activities are available for those who wish to explore topics further, however, are not mandatory.

UNIT INFORMATION
You must complete a total of four units as follows:
NURS20150 Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS20151 Creating Meaningful Relationships
NURS20157 Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation
NURS20158 Clinical Foundations for Practice

UNIT OVERVIEWS
Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice
Mental health nursing has evolved over many centuries and has continued to be influenced by socio-political factors. This unit challenges you to explore the historical, traditional and contemporary discourses shaping mental health nursing practice. You will examine the experiences of marginalised groups within these services. Social, biological and cultural influences of mental health will also be explored. You will have the opportunity to apply theoretical understandings to reflect on and better understand the mental health nursing role across various contexts.

Creating Meaningful Relationships
To support people affected by mental health issues and distress requires understanding, empathy and skilful use of therapeutic strategies. In this unit, you will learn about the concept of the therapeutic use of self and various mental health issues that affect a person's ability to think, feel and relate with others. You will apply therapeutic evidence-based strategies that support the person in their journey of recovery. This unit will also provide an opportunity to develop further skills in self-reflection on how you relate in a professional capacity with consumers.

Clinical Foundations for Practice
This unit will enable you to continue to examine mental health practice within a strengths-based framework and give you the opportunity to examine the nursing actions, including safety and therapeutic implications and psycho-education, associated with psychopharmacology and other types of biological treatments for mental health consumers. Ethical issues associated with the use of medication and other biological treatments within a Recovery-orientated practice will be discussed and analysed.

Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation
This unit provides specialised knowledge and skills for safe and effective mental health nursing care within a strengths-based framework. You will examine psychiatric classification systems and undertake comprehensive mental state examinations and risk formulation. You will demonstrate good judgement and adaptability in the physical and psycho-social care of persons experiencing different forms of distress.

Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Education for registration as a nurse with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

On completion of this award, students will be able to seek employment as a nurse in a mental health setting. 

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing CC69 is provisionally accredited the The Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. This course is nested in CC69. 

The cost of CQUniversity's mental health nursing courses are as follows:

  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $5664. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.
  • Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $11328. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing: the full cost is $23088. The first eight units are priced at $1416 per unit while the final four units are $2940 per unit.

Don’t want to pay your tuition fees upfront? You might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans. Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING AT CQUNI
Uniquely flexible, clinically relevant, and designed to help you help others, our suite of postgraduate mental health nursing courses is ideal for registered nurses seeking a path to become a credentialed Mental Health Nurse or wanting to learn mental health nursing skills. Our mental health nursing courses are designed for self-motivated and independent learners and provide all the support you need with a great CQUni mental health team who can help you along the way.

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is the ideal taster for what’s to come in your mental health nursing studies and you’ll also become familiar with our Be Different learning platform. You’ll develop foundation knowledge and skills in mental health nursing, so it’s a great place to start if you have an interest in mental health nursing or you are newly employed in mental health. If you're interested in practising as a qualified Mental Health Nurse then the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is nationally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and ideal for you. You will graduate from this course as a specialist Mental Health Nurse and can later apply to become a credentialed Mental Health Nurse through the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (provided you meet the other requirements). With our Master of Mental Health Nursing, you will develop your research capabilities and have opportunities that prepare you to become a leader in advancing the discipline through scientific inquiry.

Through our suite of mental health nursing courses, you will gain clinically relevant mental health knowledge and skills that you can apply in the clinical setting to support people affected by mental health issues. Analyse historical, traditional and contemporary mental health discourses and build on your communication and therapeutic skills to help you support a consumer's recovery journey. Devise strategies to implement the principles of recovery-oriented mental health nursing practice and explore methods to remove barriers to ensure culturally safe and inclusive mental health care with reference to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people. Study the mental health promotion strategies that build resilience and prevent or reduce the impact of mental health issues and explore obstacles to social inclusion for those with mental health issues and discover strategies to reduce these.

BE DIFFERENT
Ideal for the busy, self-motivated learner, our mental health courses are hosted entirely online and structured so that you can choose when you study. They’re designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access.

Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room.

With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your mental health nursing course anywhere.

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN
This course is open for applications all year round and you can start your studies anytime. To apply, follow the steps below.

1. Register on the Be Different platform
Visit our Be Different platform and register.

2. Explore the Be Different platform
Once registered, you can explore the platform and complete an optional mental health nursing orientation unit. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform – it’s a good way to assess whether it’s the right fit, for you.

3. Complete your application
If you are keen to get started you can skip the orientation unit and follow the prompts in the Be Different platform to apply, or use the apply button below.

AFTER YOU APPLY

Once you have submitted your application, our admissions team will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm they’ve received your application. They'll also keep you updated as they check you meet the entry requirements and progress your application. Provided you meet the entry requirements you’ll be directed to our payment portal. Once you’ve completed the required payment details, you’ll gain instant access to your units and be able to start – it’s that easy. 

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