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Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation)

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Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation), is a general qualification that aims to provide qualified nurses with educational opportunities specific to the advancing role of the registered nurse, thereby facilitating their professional growth and development, this course will also help you improve your analytical skills and ability to assess patients.

This Graduate Certificate in Nursing provides students with an entry path to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing then subsequently into a Master’s degree in Nursing in Australia.

IHM considers you an ‘International’ student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia; not a citizen of New Zealand; or not a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

* This course does not lead to direct registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia.

BENEFITS TO NURSES

  • This program offers a pathway for Registered Nurses with Diploma of Nursing qualification to gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • Now offered completely online; continue working while you study
  • Global recognition; accredited to TEQSA and accepted in most of the countries worldwide especially in the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand etc.
  • On successful completion of GDN, nurses can undertake a Master of Nursing with up to one year credit
  • GDN degree holders can choose to become nurse educators, coordinators, managers and achieve other senior positions

NESTED COURSE STRUCTURE

Students may choose to exit midway through the course, in which case they may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing, consisting of four units of study over one study period full time or, for non CRICOS students, two study periods part time.

Students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, subject to credit transfer and recognition of prior learning procedures.

PATHWAYS

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing, students can progress towards a Graduate Diploma of Nursing and then towards a Master of Nursing

The Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has an Articulation Agreement for students of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (GDN) to the Master of Nursing Studies (International) (MNST) delivered by Australia’s Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Students will enrol in the 2nd Year MNST, an AQF Level 9, and complete 4 Units (60 credit points) over 2 Semesters. MNST may be undertaken On-Campus at either CDU’s Casuarina Darwin or Sydney CBD.

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The Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has an Articulation Agreement for students of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (GDN) to the Master of Nursing Studies delivered by University of Wollongong.

Students will have a direct entry into 2nd Year of Master of Nursing with a choice of major in Leadership, Person-Centred Practice, Dementia Care & Primary Healthcare.

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POSSIBLE CAREER OUTCOMES

Leadership positions such as:

  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Staff development Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Educator

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for admission to the GDN course (face to face) as an International applicant (CRICOS) must:

  • be an International graduate nurse who has completed three year of Nursing/ Bachelor of Nursing / Diploma of Nursing and be a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Board from their country of origin or practice;
  • have one year of experience as a Registered Nurse;
  • attend an interview with IHM academic staff; and
  • possess an IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE or
  • Direct entry from English for Academic Purpose (EAP) courses with an overall final grade of 70%.

Applications will be accessed on a case by case basis by the course coordinator in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedures for Course delivered to Overseas Students.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS EQUIVALENCE TABLE

Test Test Score Band
IELTS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL IBT 32 53 62 73 85 96 105 112 117 120
PTE Academic 30 44 46 54 62 68 76 79 84 88
OET N/A N/A Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing consists of 4 units:

Unit Code

Unit Name

GCNNK1 – Nursing Knowledge 1

This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concept of advanced nursing practice and the role of the nurse in this area. In addition, the components for a model of advanced nursing practice and specialised practices will be discussed.

Selected models of advanced nursing practice including Benner’s model of expert practice will be examined with reference to students’ clinical experience or work practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments, Presentations and Multiple Choice Tests.

GCNNK2 – Nursing Knowledge 2

This unit aims to build on students’ knowledge and understanding of critical events across the lifespan and their effects on individuals and families. The content will include further understanding of acute, chronic, psychosocial, mental, rehabilitation, aged and community nursing care, principles and management of clients with consideration to an etiological, environmental, demographic and lifestyle factors, nutritional, microbiological involvement and psychosocial factors.

Pharmacological knowledge and pathophysiological manifestations and, where relevant, factors influencing morbidity and mortality are examined. Documentation forms including current documenting systems will be discussed. In addition, clinical skills are reinforced using simulated case scenarios.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

GCNCP3 – Clinical Project

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to be working for a minimum of 3 days per week in a nursing setting as this will enable them to integrate the knowledge learned in this course to work practice. However, to further enhance students’ ability to integrate theory into work practice, including the development of skills and level of decision-making expected of a nurse, this unit of study provides students with the autonomy to define and pursue specific clinical practice experiences. Such experiences will provide for synthesis and application of knowledge via observation of and participation in clinical activities.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Online Assignments.

GCNRN4 – Research in Nursing

This unit aims to provide students with research knowledge and skills required to conduct research projects appropriate to their current professional practice. It will further enhance students’ knowledge and skills in nursing research paradigms and identify the significance of research findings to nursing practice. The topics that will be included are: review of research methodologies; ethical considerations; examination and analysis of the research process; sampling techniques in qualitative and quantitative methodologies; analysis of research data; interpreting and critiquing reports; and developing a research proposal.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

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Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Oct 8, 2020
  • Nov 2, 2020
  • Mar 1, 2021
  • Jul 5, 2021

Melbourne CBD

Face to Face Delivery

  • Oct 8, 2020

Sydney (Wentworth St)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Nov 2, 2020
  • Mar 1, 2021
  • Jul 5, 2021

Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Nov 2, 2020
  • Mar 1, 2021
  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Tuition Fee : AUD $9,750.00
  • Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Payment plans available.

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

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Course Summary

  • Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation)
  • AQF Level: 8
  • CRICOS Course Code : 086044K
  • Campus: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne CBD and North Melbourne
  • Course duration: Full Time – 6 Months
  • Accreditation: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Delivery Mode: On-Campus
  • Organisation Delivering the Program : Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification : Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)

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