The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing provides you with advanced nursing knowledge and skills based upon contemporary national and international evidence relevant to the beginning registered nurse, and allows you to apply these within your own clinical setting. You will have the opportunity to enhance your professional nursing attributes including autonomy, accountability and critical reflection.
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a nursing specific post-graduate qualification. This qualification has the potential to create opportunities for graduates: competency and confidence as a registered nurse; increased financial remuneration from some employers; a solid foundation to work towards nursing leadership roles in clinical specialties, management, education or research; and entry into the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing.
|Duration||1 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)||GradCertClinNurs|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must supply:
Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure that the letter contains your position title, duties performed, hours per week, and length of service.
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|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: 4||Total credit points: 24|
There are two application pathways for entry to this course CL16 – Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. Please see the "More Details" tab for more information on these pathways.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20170||Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting|
|NURS20171||Nursing and Professional Practice 1|
|NURS20169||Nursing and Clinical Governance|
|NURS20172||Introduction to Developing Specialty Practice|
There are two application pathways for entry to this course CL16 – Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. Upon application, you will be required to identify which pathway will be used to enter. Please choose one of the following:
Pathway 1 – applicants who are enrolled in a partnered Graduate Program at one of the following Health Services:
• Cairns and Hinterland & Hospital and Health Services (CHHHS)
• Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services (CQHHS)
• Central West Hospital and Health Service (CWHHS)
• Mackay Hospital and Health Services (MHHS)
• Mater Townsville
• Metro South Hospital and Health Services (MSHHS)
• North West Hospital and Health Services (NWHHS)
• South West Hospital and Health Services (SWHHS)
• Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services (WBHHS)
• Yorke & Northern Local Health Network (YNLHN), South Australia.
Pathway 2 – students not enrolled in a partnered Graduate Program.
Eligibility and application documents
Applicants applying for entry via Pathway 1 are required to submit the following with their application. Without this information/documentation, your application will be incomplete and will not progress:
1. AHPRA registration number
2. Letter of support from your Health Service demonstrating you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner (as per list above) for new graduates.
Applicants applying for entry via Pathway 2 are required to submit the following with their application. Without this information/documentation, your application will be incomplete and will not progress:
1. AHPRA registration number
2. Letter of support from your Health Service that must detail your current employment as a Registered Nurse, detail a minimum of 16 hours per week is worked in a clinical setting and what area/setting currently worked in. Please ensure the letter is on Health Service letterhead with a printed name, signature, and contact details for verification if required.
Upon receiving a successful offer to study CL16, students entering via:
Pathway 1 – Generalist major - enrol in units as per the following:
a. Term one of enrolment – NURS20170
b. Term two of enrolment – NURS20169
c. Credit for the generalist major units NURS20171 and NURS20172 may be applied at the successful completion of NURS20170, NURS20169 and notification of the successful completion of your 12-month partnered graduate program.
Pathway 1 – Gerontology major - enrol in units as per the following:
a. Term one of enrolment – DCHA20003
b. Term two of enrolment – HAGE20001
c. Credit for the gerontology major units NURS20169 and NURS20171 may be applied at the successful completion of DCHA20003 and HAGE20001 and notification of the successful completion of your 12-month graduate partnered program.
Pathway 2 – Generalist major - enrol in all four units as per the following:
a. Term one of enrolment – NURS20170 and NURS20171
b. Term two of enrolment – NURS20169 and NURS20172.
Pathway 2 – Gerontology major - enrol in units as per the following:
a. Term one of enrolment – DCHA20003 and NURS20170
b. Term two of enrolment – HAGE20001 and NURS20169