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CH79 - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry)

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 3 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 2 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 3 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance

Term 2 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

This course has a clinical placement unit that requires MANDATORY security and health checks. Due to the short timeframe of this course, applicants must make themselves familiar with these checks and commence obtaining them prior to starting to ensure due dates for clinical placement attendance are met in the early stages of the course. Please go to the More Details tab for further information and links.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
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 http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/reentry-to-practice.aspx

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 go to the following link for details on the security requirements: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AUo5OVprk-dpHL0zgvp9Y_IhY_1A9PVFJxm-AIY-9Qk/edit These security requirements incur costs outside of the advertised course fees. Please refer to the following link for estimated pre-placement costs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mbnlevd3JEKVAJdHaLqrJJSArr8Wmw3SlaPlAAFSZZU/edit?usp=sharing 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 following link for estimated pre-placement costs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mbnlevd3JEKVAJdHaLqrJJSArr8Wmw3SlaPlAAFSZZU/edit?usp=sharing 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.


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

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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Practicum/Work Placement

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.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 27
2018 65
2017 43
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply legal, ethical and clinical standards and frameworks to nursing practice
  • 2. Evaluate the health impact of discrimination and the social determinants of health, particularly as they affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • 3. Implement an evidence-informed nursing care plan, prioritising for patient acuity
  • 4. Use the principles of clinical leadership to delegate, communicate and create evidence-informed change
  • 5. Demonstrate the safe and judicious administration of medications taking into account drug doses, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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:

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20160 The Nurse Professional
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20161 Contemporary Australian Healthcare
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20162 Clinical Nurse Practice
More Details

CH79 has a maximum offering of 32 enrolments per term.  Enrolments will close when the maximum offering is reached.


AHPRA/NMBA referral

Applicants to this course must first have a referral from the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake a board approved re entry course. A certified copy of this referral will need to be supplied with your application. As the board sets a timeframe in which a course must be undertaken and successfully completed, applicants need to ensure they have the required timeframe left on their approval to undertake the entirety of the course. For information on this please go to http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/reentry-to-practice.aspx

Clinical Placement

The unit NURS20162 Clinical Nurse Practice has a requirement of undertaking 160 hours of clinical placement in an approved health facility. It is a requirement that all students undertaking a clinical placement, submit mandatory security and health checks before they can attend.

Due to the timeframe which some of these requirements take to complete, it is vital that applicants commence this process as soon as possible. This evidence will be asked to be submitted within the first few weeks of commencing the course. Those who cannot provide all checks may be withdrawn from the unit.

Please go to the following link for details on the checks required.

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

This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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