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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 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.

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 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

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.
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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 2 - 2022

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

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

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 2 - 2022

Cairns

Term 1 - 2022

Cairns

Term 2 - 2021

Cairns

Term 1 - 2021

Cairns

Term 3 - 2020

Cairns

Term 2 - 2020

Cairns
Online

Term 1 - 2020

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

(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

Internal Enrolments

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.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

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.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

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

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

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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Practicum/Work Placement

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.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 5
2020 106
2019 149
2018 34
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

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 accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual’s/group’s diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural land individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.


Behavioural Stability

Examples:

  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Interacting positively and effectively in groups with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Contributing to on-line discussion forums and tutorials with peers and academics whilst using respectful language and tone.
  • Coping with your own emotions, responses and behaviour effectively when dealing with challenging situations in the clinical setting.


Legal Compliance

Examples:

  • Complying with the requirement for student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Complying with mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Undertaking nursing care within the scope of practice relevant to the required knowledge and level of progression through your course of study.
  • Understanding and adhering to legal requirements associated with the administration of medications.


Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Responding appropriately to a care request in the clinical environment.
  • Providing the health care team with verbal handover reports related to patient care.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course.
  • Incorporating the use of effective non-verbal cues such as eye contact when communicating with academics and peers during activities related to the course building positive learning relationships.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of the health care team, peers, patients and others and respond appropriately during clinical placement.


Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing clinical skills within reasonable set timeframes.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in the clinical setting.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge and understanding health history when undertaking patient assessment during admissions in clinical practice.


Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far, e.g. reading learning resources such as lecture and tutorial screens face-to-face on-campus or on-line; as well as reading examination papers and/or on-line computer quizzes.
  • Observing non-verbal behaviour and other situations in a variety of professional settings.
  • Accurately drawing up and administering medication.
  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in wounds.
  • Detecting changes in skin colour and general tissue perfusion.
  • Hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Accurately interpreting the verbal communication and direction of clinical staff during emergency situations.
  • Accurately detecting a blood pressure measurement, listening to heart, lung and bowel sounds by auscultation using a stethoscope.
  • Responding to a care request by activation of a call bell or calls for help.
  • Detecting changes in circulation observations e.g. assessing skin temperature and palpating pulses.
  • Conducting a physical assessment detecting anatomical abnormalities e.g. swelling or alteration in texture.
  • Using touch appropriately as an alternative means of conveying positive messages to patients such as emotional support and encouragement.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course of study, including on situations that may be difficult or sensitive, yet still require reflective processing, judgement or action.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside your scope.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions.
  • Reflecting on your progress against the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice during work-integrated learning and identify sources and strategies to enhance practice and improve professional learning.


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course.
  • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participating in learning clinical skills and engaging in simulation activities during on-campus learning and teaching situations.
  • Performing consistent care and complete repetitive tasks during clinical practice with sustained concentration and physical energy for an 8 to 12 hour period of time that may be at night.


Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring individuals or resources.
  • Moving with ease around patients’ bedsides, bathrooms and equipment items while performing the delivery of care activities and responding to emergency situations.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Inserting a urinary catheter.
  • Manipulating intricate surgical instruments and equipment while dressing a wound.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles during preparation and administration of medications addressing safety to self and others.
  • Priming, accurately inserting and setting prescribed rates on an infusion device.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.


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
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
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 complete the following three core courses: The Nurse Professional; Australian Clinical Nurse Practice; Australian Identity and Healthcare.

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. 

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 please refer to the below closing dates:

  

Term 2 2020 - 30 April 2020

Term 3 2020 - 26 October 2020

Term 1 2021 - 22 February 2021


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

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 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, 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

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Course Structure

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

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.

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 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.