Graduate Certificate in Mental Health 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 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.

Students will learn how 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 and who are seeking specialist assessment and treatment.

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.

Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

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.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing requires:
(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. Applicants are required to be working primarily in the provision of care to people with mental health problems.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

On-line applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please scan and upload the following with your application:
(1) copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(5) copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(6) copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.