Australian Catholic University

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

Australian Catholic University

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

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing aims to expand nursing clinicians' knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling immediate application/translation in the workplace.Graduates of the program should be able to:evaluate issues and challenges confronting mental health practiceconceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical practice to support service delivery in culturally diverse health care contextsconnect theory, practice and research with regard to mental health practiceunderstand and use innovative solutions in contemporary health carecontribute to values based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.


40 credit points. Students are required to be employed in a mental health service.


  • Mental health nursing

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree
  • AND provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health service. Requirements for Completion of the Degree*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.


This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings.

Study pathways

Graduates may progress to the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, the Master of Mental Health Nursing or other postgraduate programs at ACU.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Part-time : 1 year

Further information

Graduates will be able to apply their theoretical and practical learning in a range of mental health settings. Examples of settings include: Public and private health care organisations; Child and adolescent, adult and older person mental health services; Acute, community, rehabilitation and long term care focused settings; Local, State and Commonwealth Government policy; Consumer and carer groups; Mental health based research. Examples of employment roles include: Clinician; Case manager/worker; Team leader; Service manager; Triage manager; Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse; Nurse practitioner

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