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GCN – Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation)

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Quick Facts

  • AQF Level:

  • Delivery Mode:

  • Tuition Fee:
    AUD $9,750.00

  • Units:

  • Course duration:
    24 weeks

  • Accreditation:

Course Overview

  • Award Titles: Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation)
  • Accreditation: TEQSA
  • Duration: 24 weeks
  • Campus: Sydney, Perth and Melbourne
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)


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

IHM considers you a ‘Domestic’ student if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
a citizen of New Zealand; or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Course Details

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 GCN students can apply for credit transfer towards GDN.


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 2nd Year of 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 2nd Year of 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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We are pleased to inform that Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM). Under the Memorandum of Agreement, IHM graduates will receive credit towards UCAM’s Master in Advanced Nursing if they have successfully completed the requisite units at IHM.

These two prestigious institutions have their heritage in nursing and midwifery and are committed to improving the practice and skills of international nursing professionals.

  • Eligible IHM Graduates can apply for Credit Transfer to receive the UCAM Master in Advanced Nursing
  • IHM will confer its award, Graduate Diploma of Nursing (GDN), separate to and distinct from Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM)’s Master in Advanced Nursing. We do not provide a dual badging because IHM’s courses will remain aligned to the AQF and will continue to be subject to TEQSA accreditation. Similarly, UCAM’s course and accreditation status will be subject to the EQF and all its associated regulatory requirements

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the GDN course an Australian domestic applicant must:

  • 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
  • Provide evidence of a minimum IELTS level of 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE or pass the iTEP Academic Plus test with minimum score of 3.9

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 English Levels Expert Very Good Very Good Good Good Competent Competent Modest Modest Limited
IELTS 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5
PTE Academic 86 83 79 73 65 58 50 42 36 30
PTE Changes 2020 N/A 89 84 76 66 56 46 36 29 23
CEFR English Levels C2 C2 C1 C1 C1 B2 B2 B2 B1 B1

Possible Career Outcomes

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Staff development Nurse

Clinical Nurse

Nurse Educator

Associate Nurse Unit Manager

Course Units

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing consists of 4 units.

UoS Code

Title of UoS

Credit Points

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Start Dates

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Sydney (Wentworth St)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Fees and charges

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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