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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.

This course is an approved short course under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates package and is Commonwealth supported in 2021. Applications for Term 2, 2021 have now closed. 

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

3/24

DURATION

0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

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.

Eligible students can take advantage of reduced student contribution fees in 2021. Please note, students are required to enrol in the course in 2021. From 2022, this course will not be Commonwealth supported under the Job Ready Graduates Package from the Australian Government and full fees will apply for new enrolments.

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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Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
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.

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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AUo5OVprk-dpHL0zgvp9Y_IhY_1A9PVFJxm-AIY-9Qk/edit 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.

What type of fees will I pay for this course?
This course is approved to offer postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places in 2021 under the Australian Federal Government's Job Ready Graduates package.

Please note, students eligible for a Commonwealth supported place are required to commence enrolment in 2021. From 2022, this course will not be Commonwealth supported and full tuition fees will be payable as a full fee paying student .

What does Commonwealth Supported Place mean?
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. 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. 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.

How much will my course cost?
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by viewing our Cost Per Unit table. Please note, this course is currently approved to offer Commonwealth Supported Places in 2021 under the Australian Federal Government's Job-ready Graduates package. Students must commence enrolment in 2021 to be able to pay the current student contribution fee for this course.

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, find out more about fees for international students.

Payment optionsHECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are loan schemes provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their student contributions and tuition fees through a loan.

Eligible students can use a HELP loan to pay for all, or some of their course fees. If you elect to use either a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount or your tuition fees and repay your HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold (the 2020-2021 income year threshold is $46,620 or above).

If you are not eligible for a 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.

Are there any other fees or study costs?
You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

You will also need to fund any travel associated with attending residential schools or work placements. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

You can find out more about fees by viewing our Student Finances information.


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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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