Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

Duration
8 months part-time
8 months full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March
Course code
1008103
Course abbreviation
GradCertPHCN
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The role of the primary health care and general practice nurse is expanding and evolving. In line with current health reforms, nurses now occupy positions of advanced practice and leadership in primary care settings. 

Our Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for busy registered nurses who want access to further professional development.

Through studies in primary health care practice and philosophy, managing chronic and complex health conditions, clinical reasoning and assessment, you gain skills and experience in the particular world of primary health care, consolidating their clinical and professional knowledge. In bringing you up-to-date with the latest clinical and professional initiatives, this course recognises, supports and broadens the important contribution that nurses make in our communities.

It's also a stepping stone to further postgraduate study, research, advanced practice nursing or to the role of Nurse Practitioner in primary health care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

The role of the primary health care and general practice nurse is expanding and evolving. In line with current health reforms, nurses now occupy positions of advanced practice and leadership in primary care settings. 

Our Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for busy registered nurses who want access to further professional development.

Through studies in primary health care practice and philosophy, managing chronic and complex health conditions, clinical reasoning and assessment, you gain skills and experience in the particular world of primary health care, consolidating their clinical and professional knowledge. In bringing you up-to-date with the latest clinical and professional initiatives, this course recognises, supports and broadens the important contribution that nurses make in our communities.

It's also a stepping stone to further postgraduate study, research, advanced practice nursing or to the role of Nurse Practitioner in primary health care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

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.

 All applicants must:

  • have successfully completed a minimum three year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health, psychology or social science related discipline; and
  • be a Registered Nurse with current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration.
     

About the course

The course includes studies in primary health care practice and philosophy, managing chronic and complex health conditions, and gaining skills in clinical reasoning and assessment. 

Domestic students

LocationStudy Period
Online2

International students

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.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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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

Exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence

Apply knowledge and skills creatively in health and community related challenges

Demonstrate well developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in primary health care situations

Demonstrate an advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in primary health care settings

Reflect on, assess and regulate their own learning and research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy and accountability

Locate, analyse, evaluate, manage and use information from a range of sources with an emphasis on evidence based primary health care

Communicate to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

Work in collaboration with others and in a team to achieve self-determined goals

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols

Demonstrate cultural competence in incorporating individual's cultural perspectives into health care provision


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.

For each unit there are usually two to three assessment items.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course can be a pathway into further postgraduate study, research, advanced practice nursing or to the role of Nurse Practitioner in primary healthcare.

Ask a question

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 for the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing a candidate shall successfully complete all units listed in the Schedule of Units.


Course structure