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Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing

Take your career to the next level with postgraduate education for registered nurses.

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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing 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 practice 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.

You will explore ways in which you can enhance your understanding of primary health care educational and policy-based perspectives within the context of your own knowledge and personal practice. This will enable you to make a significant contribution to the development of your own practice, the practice of others, inter-professional delivery of evidence-based care and evidence-informed policy.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate program can be used as credit towards a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in the discipline.

Important information 
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

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.

Units of Study

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 20 February. Please note that late applications may be accepted.

Please scan and upload the following with your application:

  • academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
  • any degrees or diplomas;
  • current authority to practice as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
  • passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
  • marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
  • Curriculum Vitae, including nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual);
  • evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate;
  • any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing will hold a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.


In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

Professional accreditation

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.

 

Graduate opportunities

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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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