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CL02 - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse 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 (International Registered Nurse Entry) enables you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in order to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia.  This course will build on your existing cultural, theoretical, practical and research knowledge. This course will include 40 hours of on-campus, clinical learning activities.  Internal students will complete these hours throughout the term while distance students will undertake a 5-day residential school at the end of the term.  You will also complete 240 hours of work-integrated learning after week 12.  On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse 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 specialities.

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
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
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.
Please Click Here for more information.
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 1 - 2020

If you are wishing to be considered for admission to this course in 2020 (Term 1, 2 or 3), all applications close 31 October 2019. Please refer to "More Details" for further information.
Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 3 - 2018

Cairns
Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Student Visa Holders, Cairns Campus
Cairns
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Student visa holders - Cairns Campus
Cairns
Distance
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

If you are wishing to be considered for admission to this course in 2020 (Term 1, 2 or 3), all applications close 31 October 2019. Please refer to "More Details" for further information.
Cairns

Term 3 - 2019

Cairns

Term 2 - 2019

Cairns

Term 1 - 2019

Cairns
Online
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2018

Cairns
Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Student Visa Holders, Cairns Campus
Cairns
Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Student visa holders - Cairns Campus
Cairns
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must first apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency for registration in Australia (AHPRA). AHPRA will assess your application and determine your eligibility to work as a registered nurse. If you are not found to be immediately eligible for registration you may be referred to an Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ RN). The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) is an EPIQ RN.

Applicants must be referred by the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake an "NMBA-approved bridging program of study". A copy of this referral must be supplied with your application. NMBA/AHPRA referrals have an expiry date.  CQUniversity will only accept applicants who are able to complete the requirements of the course prior to the expiry date.  Students are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient time to complete the course (including work-integrated learning).  

AHPRA requires an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent, with a minimum achievement of 7.0 across all bands. For more information please see: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.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 work-integrated learning. 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

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Australia Federal Police Check

2. Criminal Record Screening

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

3. Working with Children Check Once you are enrolled

All completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date. Some of these security requirements may take many weeks to complete, and it is essential that you 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

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Vaccinations – please see the link below

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

2. Australian CPR and First Aid Certificates

3. Completion of Australian State Health documentation

4. Australian Manual Handling Competency

Once you are enrolled, all completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date.

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.


Mandatory Reporting obligations to AHPRA

CQUniversity is required, under the National Law, to register students with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.  CQUniversity has an obligation to make a mandatory complaint or raise a concern about a student to the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency if the student has an impairment or health issue that may, either in the course of study or clinical training, place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Notifiable conduct by registered health practitioners (including students) is defined as:

  • practising while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • sexual misconduct in the practice of the profession
  • placing the public at risk of substantial harm because of an impairment (health issue), or
  • placing the public at risk because of a significant departure from accepted professional standards.


Raising a Concern or Complaint to AHPRA

  • a practitioner's behaviour is placing the public at risk
  • a practitioner is practising their profession in an unsafe way,

or

  • a practitioner's ability to make safe judgements about their patients might be impaired because of their health.
Assumed Knowledge

This course is tailored to students who wish to complete the course in one term. 

  • International Student Visa holders must complete all 3 units concurrently as internal students.  
  • International Student Visa holders must attend the compulsory Orientation Week.
  • Internal study will only be available from the Cairns and Rockhampton campuses.
  • Students on other visas may complete the course part-time in the following order: NURS20160, NURS20163, NURS20164.
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

This course is accreditated with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Online students must attend a 5-day compulsory residential school prior to work-integrated learning. The location of the Residential School will be determined on a term-by-term basis. It may be located in Cairns, Rockhampton or Noosa.
Click here to view all Residential Schools

Practicum/Work Placement

NURS20164 - Students will complete 240 hours of work-integrated learning in a clinical area. Please note that the work-integrated learning is completed after week 12 of the term. There may be a gap between week 12 and commencing work-integrated learning. Student rosters will be at the discretion of the facility, it is expected that students work all shifts. It is likely that students will be required to travel to attend work-integrated learning.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 60
2018 34
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Analyse Australian cultural diversity and its relationship to health and healthcare provision
  • 2. Apply Australian legal, ethical and clinical standards and frameworks to nursing practice
  • 3. Implement an evidence-informed nursing care plan, prioritising for patient acuity
  • 4. Demonstrate the safe and judicious administration of medications taking into account drug doses, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • 5. Use the principles of clinical leadership to delegate, communicate and create evidence-informed change.
  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 studying part-time must undertake the subjects in the following order: 1. NURS20160, 2. NURS20163, 3. NURS20164.

NURS20160 and NURS20163 may be undertaken at the same time.

NURS20164:

Mixed-mode Students: NURS20164 incorporates a 5-day (40 hours) residential school held on campus at the end of the term.

Internal Students: 40 hours of education in the clinical learning centre will occur on campus throughout the 12 weeks of term.

All students must complete 40 hours of on-campus clinical learning before attending work-integrated learning. If students cannot complete the 40 hours, they must wait until the next term the unit is offered to reattempt the on-campus clinical learning.

Students will complete 240 hours of work-integrated learning in the clinical environment. Please note work-integrated learning will commence after week 12 of the term. Also, there may be a break between week 12 and commencing your work-integrated learning. Student rosters will be at the discretion of the facility, it is expected that students work all shifts types. It is likely that students will be required to travel to attend work-integrated learning.

Students must complete the following three core courses: NURS20160 The Nurse Professional; NURS20163 Australian Identity and Nursing Care; NURS20164 Australian Clinical Nursing Practice.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20160 The Nurse Professional
NURS20163 Australian Identity and Nursing Care
NURS20164 Australian Clinical Nursing Practice
More Details

This is a capped course.  Applications will close after the admission quota has been met. 

Applications for Term 3, 2019 are now closed.

Domestic applicants

Please be aware this course is highly competitive, with very limited places available. If you are wishing to be considered for admission to this course in 2020 (Term 1, 2 or 3), all applications close 31 October 2019. Offers will be made in order of submission date.

English Language Proficiency results are to be no more than 2 years old from the start date of the term you receive an offer for.  Students may be required to complete a new English Language Proficiency test for admission into this course dependant on the offered term’s commencement date.

International applicants

Please be aware this course is highly competitive, with very limited places available. If you are wishing to be considered for admission to this course in 2020 (Term 1, 2 or 3), application dates are:

Term 1 2020 – applications open Monday 25 November 2019

Term 2 2020 – applications open Monday 23 March 2020

Term 3 – TBA.

Applications will close after the admission quota has been met.  Offers will be made in order of submission date.

Mandatory health and security checks must be submitted upon application to the course.  Any applications received without the appropriate checks will be deemed incomplete and therefore an offer to enrol will not be given.

The following link provides details on the checks required:

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

Study Location

There are two study locations; Cairns and Distance Education.

People with International Visas will attend lectures on the Cairns campus.

Australian citizens or permanent residents complete this course by Distance Education and attend a 5-day residential school at the end of term, prior to Work Integrated Learning.


Estimated Course Costs

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mbnlevd3JEKVAJdHaLqrJJSArr8Wmw3SlaPlAAFSZZU/edit?usp=sharing


Course Structure

You may undertake this course either full-time or part time.  You can enrol yourself directly into 2 units once you are enrolled into the course.  Please advise the Head of Course (CL02@cqu.edu.au) if you wish to study full time.  The CL02 team will discuss the requirements of full-time study with you and enrol you into your third unit.

Application for Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer is not permitted under the accreditation requirements of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Clinical Placement

Clinical placement occurs at the end of term, after week 12

The unit NURS20164 Clinical Nurse Practice has a requirement of undertaking 240 hours of clinical placement in an approved health facility. It is a requirement that all students undertaking a clinical placement obtain mandatory security and health checks and upload these checks to the SONIA system. 

Due to the timeframe which some of these requirements take to complete, it is vital that applicants commence this process as soon as possible.

Domestic Students

Evidence of compliance with the mandatory requirements are due 1 week before the Census date.  Students who cannot supply evidence may be asked to withdraw from the unit.

International Students

The mandatory checks must be submitted upon application to the course. 

Gaining registration with AHPRA

After you have completed the course, and your grades reflect that you have passed all units, please have an official academic transcript sent to AHPRA.

Please ensure the name on your student records is the same as the name you have registered with AHPRA.

CQUniversity advises AHPRA when you have completed the course.