Courses & Units

Course rules for H5F Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)

1 In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health.


2 To qualify for admission, a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) must:

[i] be a registered nurse in Australia and hold a current practising certificate, or

[ii] if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the nationa regulatory authority  and be registered to practise as a nurse in Australia, and    normally have had at least one year of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent);

[iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or

[iv] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.

3 A candidate shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, normally in not less than one year of part-time study (or equivalent) and not more than three years of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure  

4 To qualify for the award, a candidate shall pass four 12.5% specialisation units as specified in the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

5 [i] Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and as summarised in the Schedule.

[ii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

[iii] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

6 A candidate entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency.

Credit for previous studies  

7 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


8 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.

9 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2012 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

10 The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Nursing shall be GradCertN(Specialisation).