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Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) - CL02

If you have completed a Registered Nursing qualification overseas and you are looking to practice as a Registered Nurse in Australia, the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) could be for you.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

3/24

DURATION

0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Cairns

CRICOS

095595D

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills that will allow you to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Designed to further build on existing cultural, theoretical, practical and research knowledge, you will benefit from the completion of 240 hours of work-integrated learning after week 12. These course inclusions will ensure you are graduate work-ready. To apply for registration as a nurse and/or midwife, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Core Units 3 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete three compulsory units. Student visa holders must complete the course full-time, on campus. 

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.

QUALITY EDUCATION, WHEREVER YOU ARE
Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

A UNI THAT KNOWS CREDIBILITY IS KEY
CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities in under 30 years. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A UNI THAT LEADS IN ONLINE EDUCATION
A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences. Benefit from the flexibility to study online in your home country.

A UNI THAT KNOWS CONVENIENCE COUNTS
CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 12 metropolitan and regional locations across four states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

A UNI THAT KNOWS YOUR EXPERIENCE MATTERS
CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Cairns
Term 2 - 2022Cairns
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Australian Clinical Nursing PracticeNURS20164Students will complete 240 hours of work-integrated learning in a clinical area. Please note that the work-integrated learning is completed after week 12 of the term. There may be a gap between week 12 and commencing work-integrated learning. Student rosters will be at the discretion of the facility, it is expected that students work all shifts. It is likely that students will be required to travel to attend work-integrated learning.
Online students must attend a 5-day compulsory residential school in Cairns prior to work-integrated learning.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must first apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency for registration in Australia (AHPRA). AHPRA will assess your application and determine your eligibility to work as a registered nurse. If you are not found to be immediately eligible for registration you may be referred to an Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ RN). The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) is an EPIQ RN.

Applicants must be referred by the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake an "NMBA-approved bridging program of study". A copy of this referral must be supplied with your application. Please refer to the 'More Details' section of the handbook for further detailed information.

AHPRA requires an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent, with a minimum achievement of 7.0 across all bands. For further information please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board Re-Entry to Practice.

Domestic students from non-English speaking backgrounds may be required to undertake an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum achievement of 7 across all bands and overall prior to undertaking work-integrated learning. This is in order to meet Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standard 5.6. At the discretion of the Head of Course, students may be referred to an internal English short course at their own expense. This is in order to meet Australia Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standard 2.2.

Security Requirements

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Australia Federal Police Check

2. Criminal Record Screening

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

3. Working with Children Check Once you are enrolled

All completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date. Some of these security requirements may take many weeks to complete, and it is essential that you commence this process as soon as possible.Please refer to Compulsory Pre-placement Requirements for details on security requirements.

These security requirements incur costs outside of the advertised course fees. Please refer to the estimated pre-placement costs. Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur an academic and financial penalty.

Health Requirements

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Vaccinations – please see the link below

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

2. Australian CPR and First Aid Certificates

3. Completion of Australian State Health documentation

4. Australian Manual Handling Competency

Once you are enrolled, all completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date.

These health requirements incur costs outside of the advertised course fees. Please refer to the estimated pre-placement costs. Some of these health requirements may take many weeks to complete and it is essential that students commence this process as soon as possible. For further details, please review the pre-placement mandatory requirements.

Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur an academic and financial penalty.

Mandatory Reporting obligations to AHPRA

CQUniversity is required, under the National Law, to register students with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. CQUniversity has an obligation to make a mandatory complaint or raise a concern about a student to the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency if the student has an impairment or health issue that may, either in the course of study or clinical training, place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Notifiable conduct by registered health practitioners (including students) is defined as:

  • practising while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • sexual misconduct in the practice of the profession
  • placing the public at risk of substantial harm because of an impairment (health issue), or
  • placing the public at risk because of a significant departure from accepted professional standards.

Raising a Concern or Complaint to AHPRA

  • a practitioner's behaviour is placing the public at risk
  • a practitioner is practising their profession in an unsafe way,

or

  • a practitioner's ability to make safe judgements about their patients might be impaired because of their health.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is tailored to students who wish to complete the course in one term. 

  • International Student Visa holders must complete all 3 units concurrently as internal students.  
  • International Student Visa holders must attend the compulsory Orientation Week.
  • Internal study will only be available from the Cairns campus.
  • Students on other visas may complete the course part-time in the following order: NURS20160, NURS20163, NURS20164.

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry), you will be eligible to apply for Nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Once registration has been achieved, 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.

This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term Fee$15,360.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$15,360.00

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

There are no scholarships available for this course.

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

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The best thing about studying online was the convenience. My work placement was organised at one of the best hospitals in Queensland. CQU was perfect for my learning needs to acquire the skills and confidence to be competent to join the Australian healthcare workforce.

Reniel Suarez

Graduate Certificate in Nursing

The course offered me insight on how vastly different the Australian healthcare landscape is compared to how I learned back in the Philippines. I completed my work placement at Rockhampton Hospital, which allowed me to get a full grasp of what it takes to be a registered nurse here in Australia.

Aireen Dia

Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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