Graduate Certificate of Nursing Online

Why Nursing at JCU?

James Cook University’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will give you the boost you need to achieve your professional goals in today’s fast-paced healthcare system.

100% online & part-time

Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in only 8 months part-time.

Choose your career pathway

Choose to specialise in either advanced practice, education or leadership and management, or combine two and graduate with a double major.

One of Australia’s Top 10 Nursing Schools

JCU is one of the top 10 nurse educators in Australia. You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced nurse academics.

Program Highlights

  • Choose from three in-demand specialisations.
  •  Transform your practice and improve your clinical skillset.
  •  Develop key skills to help you succeed in clinical contexts.
  •  Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
  •  Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
  •  Begin the pathway to a master degree.
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Make Your Mark on Nursing

Want to make your mark on nursing? JCU’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will help prepare you for the healthcare system of tomorrow.

Australia's healthcare landscape is changing. Governments, industry and healthcare providers are working smarter to meet rising costs coupled with the increasing demand on our health system.

You’ll develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen nursing field. You’ll be able to take on nursing leadership roles in your area of practice, receive increased professional recognition and boost your potential to seize new opportunities in your nursing career.

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What you will study

To complete your online Graduate Certificate of Nursing, choose from one of three majors: Leadership and Management, Education or Advanced Practice, so you can shape your study to suit your own career path.

JCU offers subjects from Ethics and Health Management to Clinical Coaching, so you can focus on areas that will help put you on your best career path.

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Leadership and Management major
  • Leading and Managing in Health
    This subject explores foundational concepts of leadership and management in diverse healthcare settings and geographic locations. Read more
  • Ethics and Health Management
    This subject examines ethical principles and theories, exploring how managers may apply these in a healthcare context. Read more
  • Effective Clinical Governance
    This subject explores the development of clinical governance and contemporary issues in healthcare workplaces. Read more
  • Persuasive Communication
    This subject explores professional communication strategies across a variety of mediums in the healthcare workplace. Read more
Education major
  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
    This subject introduces the most prominent theories in adult learning and the ways in which they can be applied to a healthcare setting. Read more
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
    This subject focuses on the application of key theories and specific strategies related to teaching for health professionals in the clinical setting. Read more
  • Clinical Coaching
    This subject explores the knowledge required in clinical coaching and how to use specific strategies related to healthcare contexts. Read more
  • Persuasive Communication
    This subject explores professional communication strategies across a variety of mediums in the healthcare workplace. Read more
Advanced Practice major
  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
    This subject explores pharmacology and principles relevant to the quality use of medicines in practice. Read more
  • Effective Clinical Governance
    This subject explores the development of clinical governance and contemporary issues in healthcare workplaces. Read more
  • Advanced Health Assessment
    This subject provides the knowledge and skills required to complete system-specific and comprehensive health histories and physical examinations. Read more
  • Persuasive Communication
    This subject explores professional communication strategies across a variety of mediums in the healthcare workplace. Read more

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Choose from 1 of 3 principle specialisations or a double major

Advanced Practice: Giving you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care

Leadership and Management: Giving you the confidence and knowledge to embrace leadership or management positions in healthcare, or

Education: Giving you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments.

You may also choose to combine two of these specialisations and graduate with a double major.

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Course information

With JCU’s 100% online Graduate Certificate of Nursing, you can choose a specialisation based on your career goals. You may also be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning so you can complete your degree sooner.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Career Outcomes
Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the online Graduate Certificate of Nursing, applicants must have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification, and;
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia;
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have previously studied related subjects that are relevant to this course, you may be eligible to receive credits towards your Graduate Certificate of Nursing, cutting the overall time it could take to complete your qualification.

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Learning Outcomes

The online Graduate Certificate of Nursing core subjects will provide you with a well-rounded experience, with learning outcomes that focus on:

  • Clinical governance and how to apply this framework to contemporary issues in healthcare as well as your own workplace. 
  • Persuasive communication and how to apply a number of strategies across different healthcare settings.
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Career Outcomes

Depending on your specialisation, after completing your Graduate Certificate of Nursing you will have the skills to succeed in positions such as:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Leadership & Management
  • Nurse Unit Manager
  • Clinical Teacher
  • Nurse Educator
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Meet our Nursing Academics

Our academics will empower you to improve health outcomes, enrich your nursing practice and equip yourself with the skills to take your career to the next level.

Nested qualifications: Early entry exit options

JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Nursing is a pathway towards obtaining a master degree. After completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your studies and gain a Graduate Diploma of Nursing and a Master of Nursing. Get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to complete the Graduate Certifictae of Nursing?
JCU Online's Graduate Certificate of Nursing comprises four subjects and takes a minimum of eight months part time to complete. This enables you to study without sacrificing work or family life.
How much does it cost to complete the Graduate Certifictae of Nursing?
JCU Online's Graduate Certificate of Nursing comprises four subjects and costs $2,740 per subject. FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.
What can I do with this nursing degree?
This degree offers three pathways to specialise your knowledge allowing you to graduate with a specific skillset that is designed to meet industry demand.

Choose Leadership and Management if you want to prepare for leadership roles in the healthcare industry.
Choose Advanced Practice if you want to prepare yourself for the next level of responsibilities in advanced clinical care.
Choose Education if you want to become a nurse educator and facilitate effective adult learning within clinical settings.
You can also choose to continue your studies and obtain a Graduate Diploma of Nursing or a Master of Nursing.
What is a Graduate Certifictae of Nursing?
A graduate certificate is a postgraduate degree for registered nurses that enables you to broaden your career outlook and opportunities. Our course allows you to specialise in one of three in-demand areas:

1. Leadership and Management: Giving you the confidence and knowledge to embrace leadership or management positions in healthcare.
2. Advanced Practice: Giving you the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care.
3. Education: Giving you the ability to take on educational practice roles in clinical or non-clinical environments.
Is the program self paced?
This degree is 100% online meaning you can study when and where it suits you.
Our flexible online structure means you can study one subject at a time over a seven week period and all resource material is accessible 24/7 on our online learning platform.
What is FEE-HELP?
Some students may be eligible for government assistance to help their study. For more information and to see if you are eligible visit: https://online.jcu.edu.au/fees
What is the difference between a Graduate Certificate of Nursing and a Master of Nursing?
A Graduate Certificate of Nursing comprises four subjects and can be completed in eight months, while a Master of Nursing comprises 12 subjects and can be completed in 24 months. A master degree is a more advanced qualification. The Graduate Certificate of Nursing can be a pathway towards completing a master degree.
How do I apply for the Graduate Certificate of Nursing?
First, call us at 1300 535 919 or email learn@online.jcu.edu.au. You will be connected with one of our Student Enrolment Advisors who will discuss your career goals, answer any questions and help you select the right course, ensuring your application experience is as smooth as possible. Next, you will need to gather your documents – this may include transcripts, certificates, advanced standing documents (if applicable) and proof of English language skills (if applicable). Your Student Enrolment Advisor will help guide you and make sure you have the correct documents. Once you have all the necessary documents, you can apply online.
Who Should Study a Graduate Certificate of Nursing?
JCU Online’s Master of Nursing is for registered nurses who are ready to take their next career step and gain specialist skills in Leadership and Management, Advanced Practice or Education.