Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing has been designed for registered nurses to develop their skills, knowledge, and the ability to respond to complex patient situations in specialised clinical environments.

The program consists of four courses, one core course in pathophysiology and health assessment, which forms the basis of specialist practice. The remaining three courses give you the option of specialising in one of six areas including;

  • Acute Care (Medical/Surgical)
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health, and
  • Aged Care.

Within the program are core and advanced clinical competencies that are based on the standards of practice published by the respective colleges, e.g. College of Emergency Nursing Australia (CENA).

This program can be studied 100% online allowing you to stay where you are needed most.

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you could earn an extra $38 per week in addition to your normal salary.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Online

This program can be studied 100% online allowing you to stay where you are needed most

Part-time

Complete this course in one year of part-time study

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Six Specialisations

Specialise your study in one of six areas

Salary Increase

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you could earn an extra $38 per week in addition to your normal salary

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

2 - 3 (depending on specialisation)

Program Code

40023

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

2 - 3 (depending on specialisation)
Program Code

40023

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Is It For You?

The University of Newcastle has developed a program offering you a quality clinically focused education that can see you progress as a specialist clinical nurse.

As a registered nurse wanting to better understand the nuances of your chosen specialty practice, the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing may be the program for you.

With the opportunity to specialise in emergency, acute, (medical/surgical) care, critical care, mental health, aged care or public health this program will provide you with the theoretical foundation and clinical knowledge and skills to see you succeed.

You will undertake a number of pivotal activities such as:

  • advanced patient assessment, including identifying appropriate clinical goals and the interventions required to achieve them
  • contributing to an interprofessional and multi-disciplinary team
  • providing support and information to patients’ families and carers in a culturally appropriate context
  • educating and counselling patients, family and staff

Specialisations

This year long course (part-time) will see you emerge as a well-rounded nurse in a clinical speciality, with the ability to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of settings in the public or private sector.

To successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing, you must undertake an ongoing arrangement for clinical supervision by a suitably qualified nurse educator or manager.

The program offers six specialities:

  • Acute care (medical/surgical)
  • Aged care
  • Critical care
  • Emergency
  • Mental health
  • Public health (practice nurses)

All of this can be studied via the listed specialised pathways.

The program has been developed to provide you with a balanced and effective theoretical and practical knowledge applicable to clinical environments and situations.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Wollotuka Institute.

Career Opportunities

A career as a specialist nurse can be a very satisfying. With an increasing demand for qualified and experienced people in nursing, long term employment and career progression is possible.

This program will qualify you to work independently and collaboratively with a range of other health professionals, in a variety of clinical settings.

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you can gain entry into the following programs:

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Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable educational qualifications and professional registration.  

Applicants should provide certified copies of any relevant educational qualifications completed with institutions other than the University of Newcastle.

  • All applicants must provide evidence of current nursing registration. Applicants registered outside Australia must provide a certified copy of their registration certificate.
  • All applicants must be employed (min 0.6FTE) as a registered nurse in clinical specialty area, and have the support of a Clinical Nurse Educator (in area) or Nurse Unit Manager.
  • Applicants must provide a detailed CV, confirmation of employment, and a letter of support from a Clinical Nurse Educator (in area) or Nurse Unit Manager.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40023
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
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Description

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing is a one year, part-time (40 unit) degree. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing has the following specialties; Emergency, Acute Care, Critical Care, Mental Health, Aged Care, Public Health and Perinatal, Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health.

The program is at AQF level 8 and in addition to providing industry with a clinically relevant program it will also provide an entry pathway for nurses in to AQF level 9.  There is one 20 unit core course and 20 units of speciality courses.

The target population for this program are those registered nurses who are 1 or 2 years post registration.

Admission Requirements

* Registered nurse in own country

* Currently employed and engaged in clinical practice on a regular basis while undertaking this program

* Letter of support from Nurse Educator/Nurse Manager, which may include delegated authority to nominated mentors or experienced clinicians

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Compulsory Program Requirements – Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

  • NURS6021 - Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology

Requirements and Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing is a 40 unit AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate qualification consisting of:

1. A 20 unit core course (NURS6021); and

2. 20 units of directed courses chosen from one of the following seven specialisations:

  • Emergency; or
  • Acute Nursing; or
  • Critical Care; or
  • Mental Health; or
  • Public Health; or
  • Aged Care; or
  • Perinatal, Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health

 

A clinical portfolio will be required to be completed as a hurdle in NURS6021, NURS6018, NURS6020, NURS6022, NURS6035, NURS6190.

The University of Newcastle will record the student’s chosen specialisations on their academic transcript upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.

Course Information

Acute Care Specialisation

Compulsory Course: Students must complete the following course to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6018 Acute Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
20 units

Aged Care Specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete the following courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 3 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

Core Course

All students must complete the following core course to fulfill the requirements of this program..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6021 Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology Semester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
20 units

Critical Care Specialisation

Compulsory Course: Students must complete the following course to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6022 Critical Care Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool) 20 units

Emergency Specialisation

Compulsory Course: Students must complete the following course to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6020 Emergency Nursing Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
20 units

Mental Health Specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete the following courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

Perinatal, Infant, Child and Youth Mental He

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete the following courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
NURS6025 Perinatal, infant and younger child mental health (22 weeks gestation to 11 years of age) Not currently offered 10 units
NURS6026 Older Child and Youth Mental Health: 12 to 24 Years Not currently offered 10 units

Public Health Specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete the following courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 3 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Highly skilled at the competencies for advanced health assessment, prioritisation, advanced problem solving, and therapeutic management within the scope of practice of their current clinical specialty.
  • Apply professional responsibilities in the core components of specialist practice including reflection, communication, education, counselling, research, evaluation, quality improvement, administration and management in a clinical context.
  • Highly skilled in the ability to function both autonomously and collaboratively as an essential member of a multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Apply a professional appreciation and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity and ability to function in a multicultural and international environment.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills ascribed to a Registered Nurse.

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