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CL16 - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Overview

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate of 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. This Graduate Certificate serves as an exit point for Registered Nurses enrolled in the Master of Clinical Nursing pathway.

Career Information

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.

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) GradCertClinNurs
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
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
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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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

To enter this course you must have:
- current AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse; and
- letter of employment which demonstrate that you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner for new graduates.

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

NA

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

NA

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 33
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills within the clinical context
  • 2. Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability to critically reflect on practice
  • 3. Demonstrate strategies to effectively adapt to new situations in clinical practice
  • 4. Analyse professional practice issues through the use of advanced technical and communication skills.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Students must be registered nurses with AHPRA and employed in a Hospital Health Service partnering with CQUniversity's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance
NURS20170 Patient Deterioration in the Clinical Setting
NURS20171 Nursing and Professional Practice 1
NURS20172 Introduction to Developing Specialty Practice
More Details

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)

Mackay Hospital and Health Services (MHHS)

Mater Townsville

Metro South Hospital and Health Services (MSHHS)

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services (WBHHS)

The Friendly Hospital - Bundaberg

Western District Health Service (WDHS), Victoria

Yorke & Northern Local Health Network (YNLHN), South Australia.


Pathway 2 – students not enrolled in a partnered Graduate Program.



Eligibility and application documents


Pathway 1

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.


Pathway 2

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 - enrol in units as per the following:

a. Term one of enrolment – NURS20170

b. Term two of enrolment – NURS20169 

c. Credit for the units NURS20171 and NURS20172 may be applied at the successful completion of NURS20170, NURS20169 and your partnered graduate program.


Pathway 2 – 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.