Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) - CH79

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.

With fee savings of up to 80% available to eligible students, 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 offers Commonwealth supported places. This means that you may be eligible to pay a reduced student contribution fee.


On Campus, Online




0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time


Cairns, Online

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.

Job Ready Fee Savings

Take advantage of the Government's Job Ready subsidies and receive a substantial discount on full fees in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry). With Commonwealth Supported places available for eligible students, you can enjoy fee savings of up to 80%. Refer to the Course Fees section below for details.

Core Units 3 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

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.

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On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Cairns
Term 2 - 2023Cairns

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online

Term 1 2023 Applications 

If you are applying for Term 1, 2023, please note that applications for this course open 6 June 2022, and close 20 February 2023. 

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Clinical Nursing PracticeNURS20162Students 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.
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.

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

To be eligible to enrol in this course applicants must be referred by the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake "a board approved re-entry to practice program". A copy of this referral must be supplied with your application. NMBA/AHPRA referrals have an expiry date, therefore, applicants are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient time to complete the course (including work-integrated learning). 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 their clinical placement. 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

You will need to undertake the following security checks in order to complete clinical practice: 1. Working with Children Check (or evidence of AHPRA registration) 2. Australia Federal Police Check 3. Criminal Record Screening All completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census date in the term that you are completing your clinical subject. Some of these security requirements may take many weeks to complete and it is essential that students 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

You will need to undertake the following health checks in order to complete clinical practice: 1. Vaccinations – please see the links below 2. CPR and First Aid Certificates, 3. Completion of Australian State Health documentation, 4. Manual Handling Competency All completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census date in the term that you are completing your clinical subject. 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. Please go to the following link for details on the health requirements: Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur an academic and financial penalty.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must seek permission from the Head of Course to be enrolled in full-time study.  Part-time study does not require approval.

It is strongly recommended that students have computer literacy skills and can write in English at an academic level.  Prior experience of online learning will be of benefit to students enrolled in this course.

Students are expected to commit to 12.5 hours per week, per unit, therefore, students who have multiple time commitments are strongly encouraged to study part-time.

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.

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

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

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Job-ready short course

This course is funded by the Australian Government’s Job Ready Graduate Package, meaning if eligible, you may be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and benefit from significant fee savings. If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students in paying their student contributions. If eligible, you can choose to defer paying all or part of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, or vaccinations. Other study costs

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