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 work-integrated learning which you will undertake after week 12. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry), you will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Referral by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is a prerequisite for enrolment into the course.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) are eligible for nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Once registration has been achieved, graduates can choose from many different nursing specialties.
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertN(Re-Entry)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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.
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.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, subject to Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) approval.
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||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.|
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|NURS20162 - Students 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.|
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
|Number of units: 3||Total credit points: 24|
Students must seek approval from the Head of Course to be enrolled full-time.
Students studying part-time must undertake the subjects in the following order: 1. NURS20160, 2. NURS20161, 3. NURS20162.
Students may study NURS20160 and NURS20161 together.
NURS20162 incorporates a 5-day residential school held at the end of the term. Students must complete residential school before attending work-integrated learning. Students who cannot participate in residential school must wait until the next term the unit is offered before they can attend residential school and work-integrated learning.
NURS20162 incorporates 160 hours of work-integrated learning which takes place after residential school at the end of the term. Dates of work-integrated learning are at the discretion of the health facility and students must be prepared for the placement to extend beyond the end of the term. Students may be required to travel to attend work-integrated learning.
To be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) students must complete:
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20160||The Nurse Professional|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20161||Contemporary Australian Healthcare|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20162||Clinical Nursing Practice|
This is a capped course. Applications will close after the admission quota has been met.
For your application to be considered, you must have a referral from the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake a board approved re-entry course. Attach a copy of the referral to your application. You must ensuring your registration and re-entry referral remains in good standing with AHPRA. Lapsed registration may result in ineligibility to continue in the course.
For information on this please go to http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/reentry-to-practice.aspx
You may undertake this course either full-time or part-time (recommended). You can enrol yourself directly into 2 units once you are enrolled into the course. Please advise the Head of Course (CH79@cqu.edu.au) if you wish to study full time.
The study load for full time is approximately 50hrs/week. Study is conducted online, therefore you will require reliable access to the internet and a computer/laptop. This is a course requirement.
There are weekly online workshops held during the term. It is not compulsory for you to attend; however, they are highly recommended. They will be recorded and available to students to watch.
You will be part of an online student classroom and there are many opportunities to work with your classmates.
We understand that many students find studying online daunting and that you may be undertaking this course under stressful circumstances. We have a range of academic and personal resources to support you through the course.
Please contact the Head of Course, or one of the teaching team, if you need support. Early intervention is associated with better outcomes.
Application for Credit Transfer
Credit Transfer is not permitted under the accreditation requirements of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.
Clinical placement occurs at the end of term, after week 12.
You should be prepared to travel for clinical placement.
You should be prepared for a break between week 12 and the commencement of clinical placements.
In the unit NURS20162 (Clinical Nurse Practice) you will undertake 160 hours of clinical placement in an approved health facility. In the term that you are enrolled to study this unit, you must submit mandatory security and health checks 1 week before the Census date. If you cannot supply evidence may be asked to withdraw from the unit.
Due to the timeframe which some of these requirements take to complete, it is vital that applicants commence this process as soon as possible.
The following link provides details on the checks required:
NMBA Student Nurse Registration
This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. In addition to your registration as a nurse (with conditions/restrictions), you will be registered as a student nurse.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) undertakes functions as set by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The NMBA regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public.
Under the National Law, all nursing and midwifery students enrolled in an approved program of study, or who are undertaking clinical training, must be registered as a student with the NMBA.
Education providers are responsible for making sure they have provided the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the NMBA, with the details of all students enrolled in an approved program of study or who are undertaking clinical training.
The National Law, guides that students should be registered in the interests of public safety and the effect of student registration should be as limited as is necessary to protect public safety.
Under the National Law, the NMBA has the power to register students. Student registration allows the NMBA to assist students with impairment and act appropriately when convictions of a serious nature may affect public safety.
The NMBA and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have no role in the academic progress or conduct of students, other than when they have:
· offences punishable by 12 months imprisonment or more, or
· a conviction of, or are the subject of, a finding of guilt for an offence punishable by imprisonment.