Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the online Graduate Certificate of Nursing, you are required to have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification AND
  • Current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) OR equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia OR
  • Applicants without an AQF 7 Bachelor Degree of Nursing or above but hold an alternative qualification in nursing AND current Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) will also be considered.


Units of study

Units of study

The Graduate Certificate prepares nurses for the challenges of leadership and a pathway to career progression. Each unit of study lasts seven weeks, meaning you can earn your qualification in as little as eight months..

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Core Units

Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health (Unit code: HN06001)

This unit examines the major concepts and principles of community health promotion including self-care, continuity of care, primary health care, health promotion, illness prevention, community assessment, family assessment and home care. This unit also examines the major concepts of cultural safety and the skills required of the nursing profession to work ethically with diverse people and communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
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Care Coordination in Practice (Unit code: HNO6002)

This unit explores the competencies registered Nurses need to work within inter-professional teams to provide coordinated care for clients with complex needs. The unit investigates strategies for working together effectively; making informed health care decisions and ensuring continuity of care for clients. This unit provides students with essential skills in utilising available resources effectively, health coaching and consultation, and the development of care plans that meet complex care needs.
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Leading Improvement and Innovation (Unit code: HNO6003)

In this unit, students will determine key safety and quality concerns within the nurse practice environment and their influence on patient outcomes. The unit requires students to formulate an approach to quality improvement that enhances an aspect of the nurse practice environment and patient outcomes in a specialised area of nursing practice.
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Evidence and Research for Practice (Unit code: HNO6004)

This unit investigates evidence-based research and its application in the healthcare setting. Students will develop and refine their skills in searching and critically reviewing and evaluating available nursing and healthcare research and evidence. Students will also learn to use critical appraisal tools to evaluate qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.
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Career options

Career options

Prepare for the healthcare challenges of the 21st century.

Australia requires registered nurses with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies to help drive the transformation of the Australian healthcare system.

Move up to the next level of your nursing career. You may be the next Nurse Unit Manager. 

On completion of this course, Australian Registered Nurses (RNs) will be eligible for the postgraduate qualification allowance.

Course information
  • Entry requirements
  • Units of study
  • Career options
  • Student support
Student Support

Student Support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, during your course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are highly responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community, through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.