CQUniversity Australia

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

CQUniversity Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00219C

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing provides students with the skills and knowledge required to practice in this area of nursing specialisation. Students will explore the mental health nursing role and its historical underpinnings, and apply knowledge of the principles and theoretical concepts that underpin this unique nursing discipline. This course will require students to engage in critical debate and self reflect on values regarding the issues confronting the mental health consumer. In this course, students will have the opportunity to develop the ability to undertake mental state assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, and to critically evaluate your application of these skills to the clinical setting. While acquiring knowledge of psychotropic medication, ethical issues associated with drug use in this particular group of consumers will be explored. Students will apply the concept of Recovery as a foundation from which to establish mental health nursing actions, and construct meaningful relationships with consumers.


4 units (24 credit points)


  • Mental health nursing

Standard entry requirements

Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

Study pathways

Students may articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.

Study information

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Further information

This course is offered flexibly allowing students to enrol, study and undertake assessments at times that suit. Our Graduate Certificate is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. If undertaking the Graduate Certificate as part of a graduate program with an Industry partner, students will be required to adhere to enrolment and assessment dates as determined by the graduate program.

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