CL56 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing


Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to practice in this area of nursing specialisation. You will explore the mental health nursing role and its historical underpinnings, and apply knowledge of the principles and theoretical concepts that underpin this unique nursing discipline. You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to undertake mental state assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, and to critically evaluate your application of these skills to the clinical setting. While acquiring knowledge of psychotropic medication, you will explore ethical issues associated with drug use in this particular group of consumers. You will apply the concept of Recovery as a foundation from which to establish mental health nursing actions, and construct meaningful relationships with consumers.

Career Information

On completion of this award, students will be able to seek employment as a nurse in a mental health setting. 

Course Details
Duration 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) GradCertMHN
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Students must hold current nursing registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

Security Requirements
Not applicable.
Health Requirements
Not applicable.
Assumed Knowledge

Education for registration as a nurse with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

Fees and Charges
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Analyse and demonstrate mental health nursing skills
  • 2. Analyse the mental health nursing role drawing on its historical underpinnings and theoretical models
  • 3. Evaluate biological treatment of persons with a mental illness using an ethical framework
  • 4. Apply Recovery principles to mental health nursing practice.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

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

There are no additional notes required for this graduate certificate.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NURS20150 Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS20151 Creating Meaningful Relationships
NURS20157 Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation
NURS20158 Clinical Foundations for Practice
More Details
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