Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing

Primary Health Care Nursing

Course code: GC016
Course coordinator: Dr Christina Aggar

Master of Primary Health Care Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing

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

The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing provides a foundation in primary health care which will expand your nursing practice capabilities. From there you will acquire the knowledge and skills required for primary health care nursing and develop further your capacity for clinical judgement and practice.

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 using 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 scan and 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

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is open to all nurses registered in Australia.

Clinical assessment requirements

You will not be required to undertake clinical assessments for this program. Therefore you don't have to fill out a Clinical Assessment Requirements form.


Semester 1

Semester 2


Assessment and Clinical Judgement


Principles of Chronic Disease Management


Principles and Practice of Primary Health Care


Primary Health Care in the Community