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 post graduate studies.
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.
|Graduate Attribute||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
|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
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
Embrace and respect multiculturalism and the diversity of Australian society, and international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen
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).
15 weeks full-time
0.5 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||1||$14,600 ($3,650 per unit)||086342M|
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing students must complete 48 credit points, comprising all core units.
Schedule of units
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|NRS81001 - Nursing in the Australian Context||Introductory|
|NRS81002 - Professional Practices||Introductory|
|NRS82005 - Transformative Clinical Practices||Intermediate Note 1||Note 1|
|Note 1:||Double-weighted unit|