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Course summary

The Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing (EPIQ – Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses) is designed for internationally qualified registered nurses who wish to practise as a registered nurse in Australia.

This course is a program of academic and clinical studies that prepares candidates to gain registration within Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Graduates at this level will attain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge and skills for professional and highly skilled work and/or further learning. The course provides credit towards further postgraduate studies.

DurationLocationStudy Period

15wks F

Gold Coast1, 3, 4
DurationLocationStudy Period

15wks F

Gold Coast1, 3, 4

The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices and provides content and clinical experiences in:

Contextual nursing and health: Australian health care system, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, aged care, pharmacology, Indigenous studies.

Professional practice: professional, legal and ethical studies, knowledge development and accountability for practice.

Critical thinking and analysis: reflective practice, self-appraisal, professional development, evidence and research for practice.

Coordination of care: leadership and care management, co-ordination, organisation and provision of nursing care of individuals /groups, planning, implementation and evaluation of care, health informatics.

Collaborative and therapeutic practice: establishing, sustaining and concluding professional relationships with individuals/groups. Provision of independent and interdisciplinary health care.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Execute skills in clinical reasoning and decision making with an ability to contribute to ongoing professional inquiry and evidence based nursing care


Integrate sound clinical skills and the ability to apply reflective and analytical skills in initiating, prioritising and managing nursing care in challenging and diverse clinical circumstances

Ethical practice

Integrate professional demeanour and adhere to professional legal and ethical standards set by the profession and within the scope of practice of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council's [ANMC] Competency Standards to ensure safe and effective nursing care

Knowledge of a discipline

Interpret a broad and integrated knowledge of the scope of nursing practice and a command of factors that influence health outcomes in Australia

Lifelong learning

Attain the required level of professional proficiency to meet standards set by the ANMC for entry to the professional register or re-orientation to nursing practice

Communication and social skills

Collaborate in interdisciplinary health care teams and work effectively to delegate and lead the delivery of care

Cultural competence

Embrace and respect multiculturalism and the diversity of Australian society, and international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen

A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer examinations, essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, simulations and clinical skills testing.

In the clinical settings clinical e-portfolios, reflective exercises and clinical competency appraisal is required.

For each unit there are usually two to three assessment items. Students are required to demonstrate an ability to develop and meet the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards of Practice, maintain a clinical e portfolio and complete reflective exercises.

This course is offered on campus with students completing foundational theory work via intensive workshops before a consolidated professional experience placement. Students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. Online discussion forums support learning throughout the course. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The course provides graduates with the opportunity to engage in health leadership and management, education, research opportunities and a broad spectrum of clinical nursing specialties that deliver acute and chronic disease management in a range of settings.

For example, clinical settings in paediatrics, community and primary health care and education; as a practice nurse in GP clinics, mental health services, child and adolescent services, aged care, perioperative care, Indigenous health, rural and remote area health care, emergency departments and critical care.

Compulsory supervised workplace experiences reflect the current registered nurse standards for practice, major health priorities and contemporary nursing practices. The eight-week placement enables candidates to consolidate theoretical learning and build upon their professional practice.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain prerequisites prior to attending placement (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for a course offered by the School of Health and Human Sciences, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

This course is fully accredited with Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a Registered Nurse in Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'