Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing allows students to explore the ways in which nurses work and practice within clinical environments. This course focuses on developing advanced nursing practice ability with a focus on patient safety and the provision of quality care. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to their own area of clinical expertise. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge, skills and attributes required to develop initiatives in health care and make a substantial contribution to future health care directions. Students may choose to complete the graduate certificate, or use it as a pathway to the graduate diploma or master’s degree in this discipline.

Unit of Study Information

Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

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: Foundations of Clinical Practice, Preventing Adverse Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Practice and Nursing Work.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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.


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a minimum of five years experience as a Registered Nurse.

In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University. On-time applications for the March semester close on 31 January. 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) any degrees or diplomas;
(3) current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) CV listing nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, full-time, part-time or casual);
(5) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(6) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
(8) any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application

International students

How to apply


Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.