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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Specialization: Mental Health Nursing

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • Online: AUD $8,000
  • Online

About the Course

Rapid changes in society have created challenges for individuals and their communities. All elements of the healthcare system need professionals with skills and expertise to promote individual and community mental health.

This course will equip you to assess the nursing needs of patients in a variety of clinical settings and develop a greater understanding of mental health theory and clinical practice. Mental Health nursing demands knowledge, confidence, and abilities to care for patients successfully.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Mental Health Nursing will enhance your current nursing knowledge and abilities by developing mental health nursing methods and specialised skills. You will feel confident in your ability to provide care for patients.

The course is offered online and includes a requirement to work in a mental health setting under supervision while studying the course.

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 evaluate and administer nursing care delivered to patients within the healthcare system
  • Critically review the roles, functions and the scope of practice of a nurse in mental health setting
  • Demonstrate leadership within a multidisciplinary healthcare team responsible for delivering excellent therapeutic treatment to patients in mental health 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 mental health settings
Course Aims

IHM’s mental health speciality course is a postgraduate course that may lead to a Master of Nursing by enrolling in a Master of Nursing course online or on campus. The course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations in nursing science as well as 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 – Mental health specialisation an applicant is required to:

  • 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 the country of origin or place of residence
  • Registered Nurses having a three-year Diploma Of Nursing qualification and at least three years of experience as a registered nurse are eligible to enrol in this course.
  • English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
    • Nurses currently registered and working in English Speaking Countries do not need this requirement. The recognised countries are: Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa, or
    • Direct entry through a pass in English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%
    • Applicants must have concurrent employment (or access to) in the Mental Health nursing and one- year of full‐time post‐registration clinical experience

Mental health nurses work in diverse roles and places, including:

  • Adult, Child health and youth, and aged acute inpatient units
  • Early Psychosis and Headspace
  • Residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs
  • Community-based teams that provide crisis response, assertive outreach and continuing care
  • Emergency departments
  • Forensic and justice system
  • Primary care sector and community health centres
  • Training, education and research
Course Structure and Delivery

Three units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing course. One core unit and two units of specialisation.

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

Rosanna (Online)

  • Jul 3, 2023
  • Sep 4, 2023
  • Nov 6, 2023
  • Jan 1, 2024
  • Mar 4, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • Jul 1, 2024
  • Sep 2, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024
Tuition Fee : AUD$8,000

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Applicable for International (1 year fee) and full-fee students. Not applicable for funding students.

  • 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.

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