Australian Catholic University

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing is designed to expand students' knowledge and skills in clinical nursing whilst ensuring relevance to clinical practice. Students may choose one clinical specialisation - from 21 available - in which they will develop their skills in providing holistic care, including person and family-centred health promotion, in specialty practice. Specific knowledge in the areas of bioscience, pharmacology and lifespan development, relevant to the chosen specialty will also be explored in the context of application to clinical nursing practice. Twenty specialties are available, by i) the affiliate model whereby the health care facility will deliver two speciality units, and ii) the fully online model whereby students will undertake all four clinical nursing units with ACU.Specialties available in the affiliate model: anaesthetics, cardiothoracics, cardiothoracics and heart/lung transplant nursing, intensive care, neonatal care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, plastics/orthopaedics, and plastics reconstruction. Specialties available in the fully online model: cardiac care, child and adolescent health, correctional health, emergency, gerontological nursing, medical, oncology, palliative care, perioperative, renal, and surgical.


40 credit points.


  • Clinical nursing
  • Nursing

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, an applicant must have:have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent
  • Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • And be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study pathways

Graduates can progress to a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing, a Master of Clinical Nursing or a range of other postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty, for example a Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private health care facilities.

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