Online Graduate Certificate of Nursing


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Program Description

  • Course Duration: 8 months, part-time.
  • Course Fees: $2,600 per subject. FEE-HELP is available.
  • Course Study Periods: January, March, May, July, September, October
  • Course Subjects: 4
  • Majors: Leadership and Management, Education

Course introduction

Want to make your mark in nursing? This course will help prepare you for the healthcare system of tomorrow.

James Cook University’s online Graduate Certificate of Nursing will give you the boost you need to achieve your professional goals in today’s fast-paced healthcare system.

Australia's healthcare landscape is changing. Governments, industry, and healthcare providers are working smarter to meet rising costs coupled with the increasing demand on our health system.

You’ll develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in your chosen nursing field. You’ll be able to take on nursing leadership roles in your area of practice, receive increased professional recognition and boost your potential to seize new opportunities in your nursing career.

Our 100% online course gives you the flexibility to study around your career and family commitments. You can study wherever and whenever suits you.

If you want to strengthen your contribution to improving nursing practice and deliver better patient care, your ultimate nursing career starts here.

Accelerate your study

Benefit from our accelerated, intensive learning structure. Study one subject at a time across a seven-week period, and complete your Graduate Certificate in under a year.

Prepare yourself for higher education

JCU offers study pathway options to help transition you into a higher qualification at the conclusion of your Graduate Certificate. Build towards your Master of Nursing with flexible entry and completion.

One of the best nurse educators

Study through JCU, one of the top 10 nurse educators in Australia, and connect with leading practising and research nurse academics.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the online Graduate Certificate of Nursing, applicants must have:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification.
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia.
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

What you will study

To complete your online Graduate Certificate in Nursing, either choose one of two majors: Leadership and Management or Education, so you can shape your study to suit your own career path.

JCU offers subjects from Ethics and Health Management to Clinical Coaching, so you can focus on areas that will help put you on your best career path.

Leadership and Management major

  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication

Education major

  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Persuasive Communication


Assessment includes a combination of completed coursework, assignments and online examinations. Students receive regular feedback on their progress via online forums and individual consultations with academic staff.

The JCU Graduate Certificate of Nursing comprises subjects which also form part of the JCU Graduate Diploma of Nursing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously studied related subjects that are relevant to this course, you may be eligible to receive credits towards your Graduate Certificate of Nursing, cutting the overall time it could take to complete your qualification.

Personalised support for your success

At JCU Online, you’ll always be connected to a helping hand. You’ll have access to one-on-one support with your own personal Success Advisor, assisting you to succeed in your study goals. Our support is carried with you throughout your study journey, from the day you start to the day you graduate. Our tutors are available to help answer any questions or provide advice, right throughout your course.

Study online at JCU and you’ll participate in an advanced interactive learning space that taps into video, audio, forums and practical exercises. Stay connected through live-chat sessions with your tutors, mentors, and classmates, and build your professional network. You’ll be amazed at what online learning has to offer!

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

James Cook University is a world-leading university based in tropical Australia. For more than 50 years, we've been helping our students gain the skills they need to propel their careers and make a di ... Read More

James Cook University is a world-leading university based in tropical Australia. For more than 50 years, we've been helping our students gain the skills they need to propel their careers and make a difference in their communities. Read less
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