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Graduate Certificate of Nursing

Graduate Certificate of Nursing (GCNG)

Study mode
  • External
  • Online
  • -
  • 1 year part-time
  • Feb, May, Sep


  • Progress your nursing career and extend your practice with the Graduate Certificate of Nursing.
  • Choose between 6 specialisations and apply specialised knowledge and technical competencies within different health contexts.
  • Collaborate with a range of healthcare professionals to achieve the best possible healthcare outcomes for individuals and communities.
  • Delivered part-time, this postgraduate nursing degree provides the opportunity to upskill while working.
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What is a Graduate Certificate in Nursing?
A Graduate Certificate in Nursing is a 1 year postgraduate qualification that provides registered nurses with the opportunity to diversify their current skill sets and prepare for leadership roles within nursing and allied health sectors.
What are the benefits of studying a Graduate Certificate in Nursing?

There are many reasons why you should get started in a Graduate Certificate of Nursing at UniSQ.

  • Increase your pay packet – when you add postgraduate study to your resume, you are likely to add some numbers to your salary.
  • Transferable skills – expand your knowledge, improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, develop independent thought, and learn to work in a team.
  • A pathway to further study – continue to enhance your nursing knowledge and use your Graduate Certificate in Nursing as a stepping-stone to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing.
What major areas of study can I choose from?

At UniSQ you can tailor your learning experience to suit your personal interests and career goals by choosing from a variety of Graduate Certificate in Nursing majors including:

  • Clinical Education – Gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a clinical educator, with a focus on learner-centred education in clinical settings.
  • General – Compliment your current role in health care by learning about health leadership, age care nursing, counselling and immunisation nursing.
  • Gerontology- Develop your understanding of chronic conditions, dementia and end-of-life care to support the needs of the ageing populations.
  • Leadership & Management in Health - Become a leader in the health care profession and gain a competitive edge to advance your career.
  • Mental Health – Provide specialised care to your community by enhancing your understanding of mental health illnesses, psychological wellbeing and emotional health.
  • Rural & Remote – Gain a clear understanding of the social, cultural and geographical features that affect health care in remote communities.

Would you like to talk through your study options? Get in touch and we can provide you with the personalised support and advice you need.

Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ you will study our Graduate Certificate of Nursing externally or online, allowing you to choose where you study, when you study and even how you study.

As an online student, you’ll receive the same level of support as an on- campus student and we’ll be there with you, every step of the way.

Discover more about online study at UniSQ.

What can you do with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing?

Opportunities for Graduate Certificate Nursing graduates exist in a variety of nursing and health care settings including:

  • Aged care
  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Emergency care
  • Rehabilitation.
Why study with UniSQ?

There are many great reasons to study a Graduate Certificate of Nursing and take the next step towards your future career:

  • Our research in nursing has been evaluated as world class in the recent ERA results.
  • Benefit from industry –relevant, practical and theoretical training.
  • Continue to enhance your new found knowledge and use the Graduate Certificate in Nursing as a stepping-stone to study the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing.