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Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry)

  • Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills that will allow you to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Duration
0.5 year full-time, 1 year part-time
Course Code
CL02, 095595D
Study Mode
Online

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills that will allow you to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Designed to further build on existing cultural, theoretical, practical and research knowledge, you will benefit from the completion of a compulsory residential school and work-integrated learning. These course inclusions will ensure you are graduate work-ready. To apply for registration as a nurse and/or midwife, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must first apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency for registration in Australia (AHPRA). AHPRA will assess your application and determine your eligibility to work as a registered nurse. If you are not found to be immediately eligible for registration you may be referred to an Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ RN). The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) is an EPIQ RN.

Applicants must be referred by the AHPRA/NMBA to undertake an "NMBA-approved bridging program of study". A copy of this referral must be supplied with your application. NMBA/AHPRA referrals have an expiry date. CQUniversity will only accept applicants who are able to complete the requirements of the course prior to the expiry date. Students are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient time to complete the course (including work-integrated learning).

AHPRA requires an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent, with a minimum achievement of 7.0 across all bands. For further information please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board Re-Entry to Practice.

Domestic students from non-English speaking backgrounds may be required to undertake an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum achievement of 7 across all bands and overall prior to undertaking work-integrated learning. This is in order to meet Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standard 5.6. At the discretion of the Head of Course, students may be referred to an internal English short course at their own expense. This is in order to meet Australia Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standard 2.2. Security Requirements

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Australia Federal Police Check

2. Criminal Record Screening

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

3. Working with Children Check Once you are enrolled

All completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date. Some of these security requirements may take many weeks to complete, and it is essential that you commence this process as soon as possible.Please refer to Compulsory Pre-placement Requirements for details on security requirements.

These security requirements incur costs outside of the advertised course fees.

Please refer to the estimated pre-placement costs. Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur an academic and financial penalty. Health Requirements

To secure an offer of enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have met the mandatory preclinical requirements.

1. Vaccinations - please see the link below

You will also need to undertake the following once in Australia:

2. Australian CPR and First Aid Certificates

3. Completion of Australian State Health documentation

4. Australian Manual Handling Competency

Once you are enrolled, all completed checks must be uploaded to the SONIA database before Census Date.

These health requirements incur costs outside of the advertised course fees.

Please refer to the estimated pre-placement costs. Some of these health requirements may take many weeks to complete and it is essential that students commence this process as soon as possible. Please go to the following link for details on the health requirements: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AUo5OVprk-dpHL0zgvp9Y_IhY_1A9PVFJxm-AIY-9Qk/edit

Students who cannot meet these requirements by census date will be unenrolled from the course and may incur an academic and financial penalty.

Mandatory Reporting obligations to AHPRA

CQUniversity is required, under the National Law, to register students with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. CQUniversity has an obligation to make a mandatory complaint or raise a concern about a student to the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency if the student has an impairment or health issue that may, either in the course of study or clinical training, place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Notifiable conduct by registered health practitioners (including students) is defined as:

  • practising while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • sexual misconduct in the practice of the profession
  • placing the public at risk of substantial harm because of an impairment (health issue), or
  • placing the public at risk because of a significant departure from accepted professional standards.

Raising a Concern or Complaint to AHPRA

  • a practitioner's behaviour is placing the public at risk
  • a practitioner is practising their profession in an unsafe way,

or

  • a practitioner's ability to make safe judgements about their patients might be impaired because of their health.
Assumed Knowledge

This course is tailored to students who wish to complete the course in one term.

  • International Student Visa holders must complete all 3 units concurrently as internal students.
  • International Student Visa holders must attend the compulsory Orientation Week.
  • Internal study will only be available from the Cairns and Rockhampton campuses.
  • Students on other visas may complete the course part-time in the following order: NURS20160, NURS20163, NURS20164.

Study locations

Online

Career pathways

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry), you will be eligible to apply for Nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Once registration has been achieved, you can choose from a number of roles in the healthcare profession including positions in:

  • public and private hospitals
  • general health services
  • mental health
  • community health
  • residential care
  • indigenous health
  • remote and rural health.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Nursing courses at CQUniversity Australia (CQU).
79%
Overall satisfaction
79%
Skill scale
79%
Teaching scale
56.8%
Employed full-time