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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer and Haematology Nursing aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop their knowledge and skills for their care. Students will investigate the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments and integrated multidisciplinary management.

Why study this course?

Cancer is the single largest cause of premature death in Australia and represents nearly one-fifth of the total burden of disease in the health system. Students will acquire knowledge about all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, future treatment trends and the exploration of the impact of these illnesses on the individual, family and community.

Drawing on research and the theoretical underpinnings of cancer and haematology care, students will learn nursing interventions to reduce the impact of cancer and its treatment.

With the increasing trends towards both home-based care and towards intensive treatments such as Stem Cell Transplantation, this course provides a broad range of content across a diverse spectrum of cancer and haematology care and explores broadening roles for nurses.

Who should study this course?

Designed for registered nurses, this degree aims to assist nurses who care for people affected by cancer and haematological illness to develop the knowledge and skills for their care.

Completion of this graduate certificate program can be used as credit towards a graduate diploma or master's degree in the discipline.

Financing your studies

  • We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate nursing students. Find out more about the faculty-based opportunities available to you. You may also be eligible for a NSW Health postgraduate scholarship. Valued at up to $8000, these scholarships are available to registered nurses and midwives who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system. Applications close on 28 February 2020.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places are available in all of our postgraduate nursing courses. This means your place is subsidised by the government and you pay a reduced fee. If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may also be tax deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • You may also be eligible for HECS-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan.

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted.

Please scan and upload the following documents with your application:

(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;

(2) testamurs for any degrees or diplomas;

(3) current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia or overseas

(4) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;

(5) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;

(6) Curriculum Vitae, including nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual);

(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate;

(8) any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

This course is currently not available to international students. 

Starting date

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer and Haematology Nursing may be completed over one year part-time. Students will undertake two units of study in each semester. The course consists of 24 credit points of core units of study, which include three specialty-specific units for the cancer and haematology courses.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree: 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Cancer and Haematology Nursing will hold a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia, have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse, be working in cancer and haematology and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

The cancer and haematology program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Future study options

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Cancer and Haematology Nursing can be used as credit towards the Graduate Diploma in Cancer and Haematology Nursing or the Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing.

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to cancer and haematology nursing.

Nurses who work in all areas of cancer and haematology nursing, including care delivered in specialist units, community care, acute care, inpatient and home-based care, are essential to providing support to patients and their families.

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