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Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing (EPIQ)

Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing (Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses {EPIQ}) is designed for internationally qualified registered nurses who wish to practice 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).

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

Compulsory supernumerary workplace experiences reflect the current Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, major health priorities and contemporary nursing practices. These placements enable candidates to consolidate theoretical learning and build upon their professional practice.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are. 

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.

Provision and 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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 3 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

This course is fully accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 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).


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Nursing a candidate shall successfully complete all units listed in the Schedule of Units.

Entry 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

Language requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Nursing a candidate shall successfully complete all units listed in the Schedule of Units.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
NRS81001 Nursing in the Australian Context Introductory
NRS81002 Professional Practices Introductory
NRS82005 Transformative Clinical Practices Intermediate Note 1