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GCN – Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Non-Specialisation)

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Quick Facts

  • AQF Level:

  • Delivery Mode:
    On-Campus, Online

  • 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: Perth
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Scholarships available: Click here to know more


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 or New Zealand.

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.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the GCN 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.

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.

This program articulates into the Master of Nursing with 20 credit points of advanced standing.

Course Start Dates

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Nov 1, 2021
  • Mar 7, 2022

Sydney (Wentworth St)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Mar 7, 2022

Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Mar 7, 2022

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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Institutional Partnership

Our partnerships are built through positive, transparent, and engaging collaboration, and we’re grateful for the strong relationships we’ve built over the lifetime of IHM. These partnerships may vary in their nature but they all share the common fact that there’s mutual benefit and a strong sense of purpose to move the healthcare industry forward.

We encourage Nursing institutions, Hospitals, Healthcare Organisations and nursing associations to submit their expression of interest to become our partners!

Our industry and clinical partners provide physical access to products that benefit the simulation experience for students at IHM. Other partners provide opportunities to develop clinical skills at their facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. We also provide opportunities to upskill staff with the latest course.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner, make sure to express your interest with our staff today.

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