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Graduate Certificate in
Advanced Nursing (Gerontology Nursing) On Campus

  • Delivery Mode: On campus

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • On Campus: $8200 AUD
  • On Campus

About the Course

The demand for Aged Care nurse specialists is very high and is expected to continue growing with 14,000 new Aged Care nurses required in Australia. With such good employment prospects in Australia and around the world, now is the time to become a specialist Aged Care nurse by studying the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Gerontology).

This six-month Advanced Post-Graduate course will prepare registered nurses to provide care to the elderly and expand nursing knowledge and skills in chronic illnesses, dementia, and end-of-life care for complex ageing populations.

Australian registered nurses will earn back their course fees in no time through the qualifications allowance which pays additional salary to Australian nurses who have completed Post Graduate qualifications that assist in performing their role and assist in maintaining quality patient care.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing also serves as a gateway for students wanting to pursue a Master of Nursing degree in Australia, either on-campus or online.

Join the course to achieve your dreams

Details about the Course

Students will learn how to:

  • Apply critical thinking processes, problem-solving abilities, and effective communication to the evaluation and administration of nursing care delivered to elderly patients within the healthcare systems
  • Critically review the roles, functions and the scope of practice of the geriatric nurse in aged care settings
  • Demonstrate leadership within a multidisciplinary healthcare team responsible for delivering excellent therapeutic treatment to patients in aged care settings
  • Perform an assessment of the legal, ethical, social, cultural, and political issues that influence the delivery of person-centered healthcare
  • Recognize, evaluate, and use evidence-based nursing strategies while caring for clients in gerontology or geriatric specilaisation settings
Course Aims

Students may continue their education by enrolling in a Master of Nursing programme online or on campus. The course is designed to elevate students’ patient care to an international level by sharpening their theoretical foundations in nursing science as well as their practical knowledge and abilities.

  • AQF level 8
  • 26 weeks full time
  • Online
  • TEQSA accreditation

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Gerontology) you should:

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from your country of origin or place of residence
  • English Language proficiency for international students is IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE/other recognised English examinations:
    • Nurses currently registered and working in English Speaking Countries are exempt from this requirement. The recognised countries are Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, and South Africa; OR
    • You may study our English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with direct entry to this course once you reach a minimum score of 70%
  • One year of full-time post-registration clinical experience.

Gerontology nurses work in diverse roles and places, including:

  • Acute and chronic units in hospital settings
  • Community or residential facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Senior centres
  • Retirement communities and patients’ homes
Course Structure and Delivery

The course is delivered over 26 weeks and includes the following Course Units:

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

Fees : 8200 AUD
Tuition Fee : $8000 AUD
Non-refundable administration fees : $200 AUD
Campus : Melbourne CBD
  • Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Online” on the top right corner of the course page.
  • Interview: If you meet IHM’s eligibility criteria you’ll be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant.
  • Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you’ll be offered a place for the course.
  • Enrolment Fee: Once you sign the acceptance offer, an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  • Confirmation of Admission: Once you’ve paid the enrollment fee, we’ll send a confirmation of admission to you.

So what can you expect when you join the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Gerontology) on campus with IHM:

  • No strings attached affordable and accessible fees of AUD$8,000
  • Lectures and tutorials on-campus in Melbourne with actual lecturers and tutors who are experts in their field
  • Real engagement with your fellow students and the aged care sector as well as 24/7 access to your tutors and student support team
  • High quality and up-to-date resources, learning materials, and content – after all, we are preparing you for advanced nursing practice
  • At IHM we’re all about flexibility – flexible hours, flexible support, and quality course content you can access anywhere there is an internet connection.
  • English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
  • Our job placement and employment services team will connect you with part-time work while you are studying and employment once you complete your qualification. We also offer airport pickup as well as accommodation services to help get you settled in your new study home. Speak to one of our consultants about how we can assist you to get working once you arrive in Australia.

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