Graduate Certificate of Nursing

  • AQF Level:
    8
  • Amount of Training:
    24 Weeks
  • Payment Option:
    Easy EMI Available
  • Mode of delivery:
    On Campus
  • CRICOS Code:
    086044K

Course Overview

Graduate Certificate in Nursing is an investment in your future and is designed for Registered Nurses who have completed a bachelor’s degree or a three-year diploma in nursing. The AQF level-8 qualification postgraduate program empowers you with strong analytical skills and the capacity to conduct thorough patient assessments.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing can be a great value addition to your nursing career. At the end of the program, you will be awarded an internationally recognized Australian Government TEQSA authorized and qualified certificate.

Details about the Course

Why IHM?
  • Interactive online classes with individual attention to each student
  • Access to 24*7 Online Library
  • Networking Opportunities with peak bodies and industries
  • IHM Alumnus Status
  • Dedicated Student Support Team
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) – learn as you practise
  • Trained more than 3000+ nurses in Australia
  • IHM formerly offered the nursing bridging program (EPIQ-RN)
  • Learn from expert industry practitioners
Career Opportunity

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing may find work as Registered Nurse in the following domains:

  • Hospitals
  • Academic Institutions
  • Residential facilities
  • In-home care
  • Private practices

Some of the specialized roles in Health Administration include:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Personnel development Nurse.
  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager.
  • Nurse Educator.

“A convenient way to build your employability skills and advance your career”

What will I learn?

During this course, students must qualify for 4 units.

  • 6 core units
  • 8 elective unit
Core Units
  • GCNNK1 Nursing Knowledge 1
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • GCNNK2 Nursing Knowledge 2
  • GCNCP3 Clinical Project
  • GCNRN4 Research in Nursing
Course Fee
AUD $9,750
Admissions and Pathways

Although there are no formal admission requirements for this certification, students must demonstrate their competence to accomplish assignments as specified by the university.

IHNA Admission requirements:

  • Must Be a registered nurse with their country of origin or practice’s nursing board
  • Must have a minimum of one year of experience as a Registered Nurse – 3 years Diploma holders
  • Experience is not mandatory for Bachelors’ degree-qualified nurses
  • Attend an interview with a member of the academic faculty at IHM
  • Must provide evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6, or comparable OET/PTE scores.
  • For GCN On campus students must have the following
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
    • PTE: Overall 56 and no band less than 46
    • OET: B for each test component.
Additional Requirements

Digital literacy: Must be able to perform fundamental computer operations such as maintaining computer files, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, preparing presentations, and being conscious of the social and ethical consequences of Internet usage.

Pathways from this Course

Registered Nurses with Graduate Certificate in Nursing can explore higher-level courses within and across the healthcare industry, including diploma courses like:

  • Master of Nursing
  • NCLEX and OSCE for Nursing Registration in Australia
How to Apply

IHNA has defined entry requirements for courses under its mandate, as outlined by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for Courses,’ to ensure that students meet industry standards.

  1. Application: Click “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page to complete your application online.
  2. Interview: You will be scheduled for an interview with an admissions specialist once you have fulfilled IHNA’s eligibility standards
  3. Offer Letter: If you qualify the interview process, you will be awarded a seat in the course, depending on the availability of each intake
  4. Enrolment Fee: An invoice for the course will be delivered after the acknowledged offer is signed and sent to the admission office.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: Once the enrolment fee has been received, our admission specialist will provide students with the confirmation letter.
  6. Recognition of Prior Learning: By submitting a portfolio of evidence, which may include third-party assessments, and partaking in an interview procedure, students can have their prior learning and work experiences acknowledged in this certification. A practical demonstration may also be used to evaluate a student’s competencies and expertise.
    Mutual recognition and credit transfer allow students to have their previous formal training recognized.
  7. Credit Transfer: Credit Transfer is only available for Australian courses when a student has completed the units considered necessary for a course at another Registered Training Organization.
FAQs
  1. Does this course directly result in Australian Nursing Registration?
  2. No, this course is not part of an NMBA-approved program of study. Only an approved program of study will qualify you for direct registration with the Australian nursing board. This is an AQF level- 8 qualifications accredited by TEQSA. If you are an overseas registered nurse with a three-year diploma, this course will assist you in obtaining an AQF level – 8 postgraduate certificate in nursing and may assist you in meeting the qualification criteria for proceeding with the Australian nursing registration procedure.

  3. Is professional nursing experience required for admission to this program?
  4. Yes, if you are a registered nurse with a three-year diploma, you must have a minimum of one-year of clinical nursing experience in getting admission to this course.
    A bachelor’s degree holder in nursing does not require any prior experience.

  5. Is a payment plan possible?
  6. Yes, Online students are eligible for a payment plan. Students need to make an initial payment of $1200 to enrol and a member of our student success team will assist you to set up a payment plan At the moment, IHM is giving 25% Covid Disaster Relief Scholarship to all online full fee-paying student across the globe There are no payment plan options available for face-to-face students.

  7. What is the duration of the course?
  8. The duration of the online course is 8 months, and the on-campus program is 6 months.

  9. Is this program recognized by APHRA and other official nursing bodies?
  10. Yes, GCN is a TEQSA accredited program. Hence its recognized by APHRA and other official nursing bodies.

  11. Is Graduate Certificate in Nursing an entry level program in nursing?
  12. No, Graduate Certificate in Nursing is a Post Graduate level program in nursing for APHRA/overseas registered nurses.

  13. Is there an English requirement for entry?
  14. For GCN On campus-

    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
    • PTE: Overall 56 and no band less than 46
    • OET: B for each test component

    For GCN Online-

    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
    • PTE: Overall 56 and no band less than 46
    • OET: IELTS equivalent score

    IHM internal test: No module less than 70%

  15. How many units does the course have?
  16. The student will be studying 4 core units in the course.

  17. What are the qualification requirements of the program?
  18. The student needs to have a minimum bachelor’s degree in nursing and should be a registered nurse in their home country or the country of practice. A diploma (3-year minimum holder nurse will be eligible to apply if they have at least 3 years of work experience

  19. Is the course recognized in all the countries?
  20. Yes. Australian nursing qualifications are considered superior and are accepted throughout the world. As the program is accredited by TEQSA, there is no doubt about the acceptance of the course worldwide.

  21. Does this course directly result in Australian Nursing registration?
  22. No, this course is not an NMBA-approved program of study. Only an approved program of study will qualify you for direct registration with the Australian nursing board. This is an AQF level- 8 qualifications accredited by TEQSA. If you are an overseas registered nurse with a minimum of three-year diploma, this course will assist you in obtaining an AQF level – 8 postgraduate certificate in nursing and may assist you in meeting the qualification criterion for proceeding with the Australian nursing registration procedure.

  23. Is professional nursing experience required for admission to this program?
  24. Yes, if you are a registered nurse with a three-year diploma, you must have a minimum of one-year of clinical nursing experience in getting admission to this course. A bachelor’s degree holder in nursing does not require any prior experience

  25. Is it feasible to enrol in the course if I have a break in my nursing career?
  26. Yes, Graduate Certificate in Nursing is a postgraduate level 8 certificate that will assist you in regaining your nursing knowledge and abilities, as well as gaining the confidence necessary to re-enter practice.

    To enrol in this course, IHM mandates that holders of a three-year nursing diploma have a minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse.

  27. Are there any face-to-face examinations that need the student to be physically present at an examination centre?
  28. Face to Face: Yes, if the educator requires then the student needs to be physically present in the campus for the examination.

    Online: No, none of the assessments/examinations need the student’s physical presence as the course delivery is completely online.

  29. How does this program help students in their Australian Nursing Registration Process?
  30. The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Program is an AQF level 8 post graduate qualification in nursing. This course will get Diploma holders to attain the qualification requirement of AHPRA.

  31. Are there any three-year diploma holding students from overseas who obtained nursing registration after studying GCN with IHM?
  32. Yes, there are over 100 overseas diploma qualified registered nurses who have satisfied the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s qualification requirements, completed bridging programs or passed the licensing examination, and are now working in Australia as registered nurses.

  33. What student and course support do I receive?
  34. Once you’ve chosen and registered in the program, you will have access to tutor, student, and technical support teams

  35. Is it feasible to enrol in the course if I have a five-year break in my nursing career?
  36. Graduate Certificate in Nursing is a postgraduate level 8 certificate that will assist you in regaining your nursing knowledge and abilities, as well as gaining the confidence necessary to re-enter practice.

    To enrol in this course, IHM mandates that holders of a three-year nursing diploma have a minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse.

  37. Are there any face-to-face examinations that need the student to be physically present at an examination centre?
  38. No, none of the examinations need your physical presence. All our modules include online assessments and quizzes. This may be accomplished from the comfort of your own home with good preparation and active participation in the course delivery.

  39. Is it possible to obtain registration in Australia upon completion of this course?
  40. No, this course does not automatically qualify you for registration in any country. This course will assist nurses in upgrading their qualifications to AQF level 8, which leads to a Master of Nursing degree. Each country’s nursing bodies have its own registration standards, and the majority of them require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent certification in nursing to qualify for registration.

    IHM’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing- Non-Specialisation is a postgraduate certificate in nursing at AQF level 8, which should assist overseas qualified nurses with a three-year diploma in meeting the criteria of nursing registration bodies. Nursing regulatory bodies evaluate each student application on a case-by-case basis, with the final decision resting with the appropriate nursing regulating organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland

  41. Is there a three-year diploma holder from the overseas country who obtained nursing registration after studying GCN with IHM?
  42. Yes, there are over 100 overseas diploma qualified registered nurses who have satisfied the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s qualification requirements, completed bridging programs or passed the licensing examination, and are now working in Australia as registered nurses.