Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing (EPIQ)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 28 October

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
15 weeks full-time
15 weeks full-time
Location
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Start date
January, October
January, October
Course code
1007304
Course abbreviation
GradCertAustNsg
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

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.

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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants for admission must have a letter of determination from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA] and must have achieved:

  1. the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components: or
  2. the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components; or
  3. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills; or
  4. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking.

Credit for prior learning

This is an equivalent four unit course. No Advanced Standing will be granted for any part of this course.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSummer Term, Term  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSummer Term, Term  5$18,800 ($4,700 per unit)086342M
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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 as well as on-campus clinical labs. Online discussion forums support learning throughout the course. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

The course provides graduates with the opportunity to engage in health management and leadership activities such as education and research as well as a broad spectrum of clinical nursing roles that deliver acute and chronic disease management in a range of settings.

For example, acute care nursing in tertiary settings, primary health care nursing rural, remote and indigenous nursing, practice management in GP clinics, mental health nursing, child and adolescent nursing, or speciality areas such as intensive care or emergency and other speciality areas.

Professional placement

Compulsory supervised workplace experiences reflect the current registered nurse standards for practice, major health priorities and contemporary nursing practices. The eight-week placement is sourced by the University and hosted by local health industry partners, which 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. vaccinations, 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.

Professional recognition

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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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
NURS5002Nursing in the Australian Context
NURS5003Professional Practices
NURS5008Transformative Clinical Practices Note 1


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

NURS5002Nursing in the Australian Context
Summer Term
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term5
Summer Term
Term5
NURS5003Professional Practices
Summer Term
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term5
Summer Term
Term5
NURS5008Transformative Clinical Practices
Summer Term
Term5
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term5
Summer Term
Term5


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit