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 a five-day residential school and 240 hours of industry based learning.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of 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.
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.
|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|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2022
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
(P) Letter of recommendation issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency
In order 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.
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/
Security and Health Requirements
(P) To secure a conditional offer in this course you must provide evidence that you have applied for all of the mandatory preclinical requirements. All completed checks must be entered into the SONIA database prior to Census Date.
Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur academic financial penalty
Please note that Internal Enrolment is only offered at Cairns Campus.
Note: All students (no matter what mode they complete the course in) must be in Australia at all times whilst undertaking the course and therefore obtain the necessary required visas.
This course is tailored to students who wish to complete the course in one term.
However, the Course Advice team have strongly recommended that students are advised that they must complete the two 6 credit point units before enrolling in the 12 credit point unit.
Head of Course approval can be sought if students wish to study the three units concurrently.
This is to prevent the students inadvertently enrolling into the 12cp unit prior to completing both the pre/co-requisites.
International Student Visa holders must complete all 3 units concurrently as internal students.
Internal study will only be available from Cairns.
Full time enrolments will only occur in T1 & T2.
Students on other visas may complete the course part time, however, the clinical unit “Australian Clinical Nursing Practice” MUST be completed last.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Students must attend a 5-day compulsory residential school prior to clinical placement. Residential school may take place in Cairns, Rockhampton or Noosa. This will be determined in consideration of space availability on term-by-term basis.|
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|NURS20164 - NURS20164 - 240 hours of preceptored/facilitated clinical placement in various healthcare facilities, across Australia. Please note that the clinical placement hours are completed after week 12 of the term. Therefore total time to complete this unit is more than the 12 week term. There can may be a gap between week 12 and commencing clinical placement.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|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 complete the following three core courses: The Nurse Professional; Australian Clinical Nurse Practice; Australian Identity and Healthcare.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20160||The Nurse Professional|
|NURS20163||Australian Identity and Nursing Care|
|NURS20164||Australian Clinical Nursing Practice|
due to the COVID19 pandemic, applicants can apply to the CL02 course even if
their referral letter from AHPRA will expire during the course (it must
be valid at the time of commencing the course).
will only need to apply for an extension to AHPRA if they are unable to
complete their course within 12 months of commencing – not if their
referral letter expires. AHPRA are being very flexible in relation to the 12
month deadlines because of the worldwide pandemic issue, and AHPRA do approve
extension requests if appropriate. Applicants would need to request an
extension via email from their AHPRA case officer.
This is a capped course. Applications will close after the admission quota has been met.
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 please refer to the below closing dates:
Term 1, 2022 - 21 February 2022
Term 2, 2022 - TBA
Term 3, 2022 - Course not available.
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 Visa holders must complete all 3 units concurrently as internal students.
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 2022 (Term 1 or 2), application dates are:
Term 1, 2022 - applications open
Term 2, 2022 - TBA
Term 3, 2022 - Course not available.
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:
There are two study locations; Cairns and Distance Education.
People with International Visas will attend lectures on the Cairns campus, full time.
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
Domestic applicants 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 occurs at the end of term, after week 12.
Students should be prepared to travel for clinical placement.
Students should be prepared for a break between week 12 and the commencement of clinical placements.
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.
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.
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 send an official academic transcript 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.