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CL02 - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry)


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 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
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 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.

Term 3 - 2019


Term 2 - 2019


Term 1 - 2019


Term 3 - 2018


Term 2 - 2018

Student Visa Holders, Cairns Campus

Term 1 - 2018

Student visa holders - Cairns Campus
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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.

Term 3 - 2019


Term 2 - 2019


Term 1 - 2019


Term 3 - 2018


Term 2 - 2018

Student Visa Holders, Cairns Campus

Term 1 - 2018

Student visa holders - Cairns Campus
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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
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:

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 Not applicable
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 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 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

CL02 has a maximum offering of 32 enrolments per term.  Enrolments will close when the maximum offering is reached.

Please note that only students who hold an "International Student Visa" are required to study from the Cairns campus. International students who hold any other type of visa may study via distance education from their own homes.

Estimated Course Costs

Clinical Placement


240 hours (6 weeks) of clinical placement occurs at the end of the 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, submit these mandatory security and health checks.

These mandatory checks found in the link below, 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.

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 uploaded again, by the student, into the SONIA system within the first few weeks of the course commencing. Those who cannot provide and upload all checks again after initial enrolment may be withdrawn from the unit.

Please go to the following link for details on the checks required that must be submitted with your application to the course.