Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Graduate Certificate)

University of Newcastle, Australia

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The award
Graduate Certificate

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study

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International course fees
AUD 32740 per year

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About Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing at University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing has been designed for registered nurses to develop their skills, knowledge, and the ability to respond to complex patient situations in specialised clinical environments.

The program consists of four courses, one core course in pathophysiology and health assessment, which forms the basis of specialist practice. The remaining three courses give you the option of specialising in one of six areas including;

  • Acute Care (Medical/Surgical)
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health, and
  • Aged Care.

Within the program are core and advanced clinical competencies that are based on the standards of practice published by the respective colleges, e.g. College of Emergency Nursing Australia (CENA).

This program can be studied 100% online allowing you to stay where you are needed most.

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you could earn an extra $38 per week in addition to your normal salary.

What will you study?

This year long course (part-time) will see you emerge as a well-rounded nurse in a clinical speciality, with the ability to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of settings in the public or private sector.

To successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing, you must undertake an ongoing arrangement for clinical supervision by a suitably qualified nurse educator or manager.

The program offers six specialities:

  • Acute care (medical/surgical)
  • Aged care
  • Critical care
  • Emergency
  • Mental health
  • Public health (practice nurses)

All of this can be studied via the listed specialised pathways.

The program has been developed to provide you with a balanced and effective theoretical and practical knowledge applicable to clinical environments and situations.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Wollotuka Institute.

Is it for you?

The University of Newcastle has developed a program offering you a quality clinically focused education that can see you progress as a specialist clinical nurse.

As a registered nurse wanting to better understand the nuances of your chosen specialty practice, the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing may be the program for you.

With the opportunity to specialise in emergency, acute, (medical/surgical) care, critical care, mental health, aged care or public health this program will provide you with the theoretical foundation and clinical knowledge and skills to see you succeed.

You will undertake a number of pivotal activities such as:

  • advanced patient assessment, including identifying appropriate clinical goals and the interventions required to achieve them
  • contributing to an interprofessional and multi-disciplinary team
  • providing support and information to patients' families and carers in a culturally appropriate context
  • educating and counselling patients, family and staff


A career as a specialist nurse can be a very satisfying. With an increasing demand for qualified and experienced people in nursing, long term employment and career progression is possible.

This program will qualify you to work independently and collaboratively with a range of other health professionals, in a variety of clinical settings.

Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you can gain entry into the following programs:

  • Master of Applied Management (Nursing)
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing
  • Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice), and
  • Master of Traumatology.

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Entry requirements

* Registered nurse in own country

* Currently employed and engaged in clinical practice on a regular basis while undertaking this program

* Letter of support from Nurse Educator/Nurse Manager, which may include delegated authority to nominated mentors or experienced clinicians

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