Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

Course code: GG013
Course coordinator: Associate Professor Kim Foster

Master of Mental Health Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Choosing a graduate certificate | Applying for a graduate certificate | Cost of a graduate certificate | Admission requirements | Clinical practice requirements | Study pattern

Sydney Nursing School offers a flexible range of postgraduate advanced learning courses in several specialty areas. One of these areas is Mental Health Nursing.

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Choosing a graduate certificate

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 to use this route.

A graduate certificate can only be studied part time by domestic students only.

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.

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.

Student learning is further supported by the University’s eLearning.

Applying for a graduate certificate

There is one intake of students in March each year.

Applications must be made online. You will also need to upload copies of other documentation as part of your online application process. To assist you, there is a checklist of required documents that you will need.

Cost of a graduate certificate

This is a full-fee paying course. However there are Commonwealth supported places available for 2015 and places will be allocated according to the order in which applicants accept their offers. HECS-HELP is available for Australian Citizens.

Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is open to all nurses registered in Australia.

Clinical practice requirements

There are no clinical assessments required in this course, therefore you don't have to fill out a Clinical Assessment Requirements Form.


Semester  1

Semester 2


Assessment and Clinical Judgement


Mental Health and Illness in Context


Managing Mental Health and Illness


Interpersonal Mental Health Nursing