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Study mental health nursing at Sydney Nursing School

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Please note: there will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1 2021.

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is designed for registered nurses working in mental health settings. This course focuses on current clinical issues in mental health, as well as therapeutic skills and role development. 

Why study with us?

  • Learn from leading researchers as you integrate your learning with professional experience.
  • Develop the skills to deal with a range of conditions across the variety of health care environments in which clients present with mental illnesses, mental disorders and psychological distress seeking specialist assessment and treatment. 

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

  • 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. 
  • 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.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

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 requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Please note: there will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1 2021.

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. 

Please note that late applications may be accepted. Please scan and upload the following with your application:

  1. academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
  2. any degrees or diplomas;
  3. current authority to practice as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
  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; any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Closing dates

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.

Starting date

Please note: there will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1 2021.

Starting date

Please note: there will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1 2021.

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health 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 mental health nursing 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 Mental Health 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 primarily in the provision of care to people with mental health problems and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.

Inherent Requirements

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.

Course opportunities

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.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate program can be used as credit towards a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in the discipline. Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to mental health nursing. Mental heath nurses are employed in acute inpatient settings, community mental health settings, specialist units, non-government organisations and independent practice.

Domestic students

International students

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