Nursing Practice

Gain a specialisation in nursing and advance your career

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice offers Registered Nurses working in a range of general clinical settings specialist knowledge and skills in clinical practice.

  • Associate Professor Jenny McGinley
    Natasha Morris
    Course Coordinator,
    Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, The University of Melbourne
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice offers Registered Nurses working in a range of general clinical settings specialist knowledge and skills in clinical practice. The certificate is an online course in partnership with nurses’ hospitals that offers them flexibility and versatility, while learning from nursing leaders and clinical experts.

Program overview

With a growing demand for registered nurses to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in acute clinical settings, the University of Melbourne has developed the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, with specialisations in cardiorespiratory, or renal nursing.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is designed for registered nurses wanting to specialise in an area of practice as well as nurses who have been working across various areas of health care for a number of years and who are looking for a further career progression, develop clinical leadership skills, extend their knowledge and consolidate their nursing practice.

As a student of this program, you’ll be taught by leading experts in the nursing field on the latest and best-practice guidelines in health care. You’ll become proficient in complex patient care, providing high quality and evidence-based nursing care. You’ll also benefit from the flexibility of online learning combined with a clinical practice component, which will prepare you for a challenging career while ensuring work/life balance.

Graduates of this unique course will be in demand in various clinical settings as well as becoming valuable mentors to novice nurses.

This course is available to international students, provided an overseas hospital or health service partner is willing to nominate you and support you to undertake the clinical practice component of the course.

Online course options

Next term starts: 28 January 2019
Application close: 14 January 2019

Course name Part-time duration Core subjects Core selective subjects Total course fee * 
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice 9 months** 3 2


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Specialist Certificate in Nursing Practice 6 months** 2  


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Applied Pathophysiology | single subject 10 weeks   


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*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 4 per cent per annum.

**This duration is based on students commencing in Term 1. Students that commence in Term 3 will study in Term 3, have no subjects in Term 4 or Term 1, and then study again in Term 2 of the following year.

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Discuss your path

Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page, via phone or by filling out the enquiry form to understand more about this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment for subjects
  • Fees and payment options.

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