Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is tailored specifically for registered nurses working or intending to work in primary health care. This program will assist you to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to practise effectively within complex primary health care settings.
The program focuses on the health needs of individuals, families and communities and providing accessible and equitable health care.
You will explore the foundational principles and practices of primary health care. You will learn about chronic disease prevention and management, including relevant evidence-based decision-making processes and practices, concepts of self-management and coordinated, quality care. There will be an emphasis on determinants of health, community needs assessment, community participation, health promotion models, health education and health literacy and how these inform and underpin primary health care in the community.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Further course information
The graduate certificate requires a total of 24 credit points. Award units taken at graduate certificate level may also count towards a graduate diploma or a master’s degree. Previously completed non-award units of study may be credited towards a graduate certificate.
Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days. A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester. The graduate certificate is two semesters part time.
Course outcomes and further study
Primary health care is becoming one of the main health models in Australia and internationally and there will be many career opportunities for nurses with postgraduate qualifications in primary health care. A suitably educated primary health care focused workforce is already in short supply. With the rising incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and multi-morbidities, confounded by an ageing population, the need for an appropriately prepared primary health care workforce is greater than ever.
The program is endorsed by primary health care organisations who support and/or employ registered nurses working in general practice, community health, ambulatory care or hospital-based units, rural and remote areas, telehealth, Indigenous health care and international health.
You can either choose to study the graduate certificate alone, or as a pathway into a graduate diploma or a master’s degree. If you haven't studied at tertiary level for some time, you might consider using this route.
If you have a particular interest in research, you have the option to take a research stream within any of Sydney Nursing School’s specialty degrees. This stream will develop your research skills and knowledge. It may also provide a pathway into the PhD program at Sydney Nursing School.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care 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
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. 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 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) your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(5) your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(6) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
Any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
How to apply
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.
Annual review not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care.