Take your career to the next level with postgraduate education for registered nurses.
Students of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing will consider advanced nursing practice in relation to clinical judgement, the pathophysiology of patients with complex health problems, and the management of acutely or chronically ill patients.
Why study this course?
You will learn about assessment approaches, including the use of validated assessment tools and will consider how these findings contribute to advanced clinical reasoning. You will explore clinical and professional issues related to your particular health care setting.
Who should study this course?
Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.
Financing your studies
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
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Semester 1 - 11 February 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.
Semester 1 (March)
This course is not available to student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may 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.
Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (March)
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical 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 clinical nursing courses:
Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical 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 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.
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.
This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to clinical nursing.
Clinical nurses work in a variety of settings in the acute sector and the community and manage patients with both acute and chronic health concerns. They may also be involved in education, administration or research.
Our postgraduate nursing degrees are structured to allow students to fit study into their work and personal commitments. From part-time and full-time options, to online units and on-campus study days, here’s how postgraduate nursing degrees are structured at the University of Sydney.