Graduate Certificate in
Nursing (Non – Specialisation)

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus, Online

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 24 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 086044K

  • Online: AUD $7,250
  • On Campus:AUD $9,750
  • Perth

About the Course

This is a postgraduate AQF level-8 qualification for registered nurses who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent Or a three-year diploma in nursing. This is one of the most popular courses in IHM; hundreds of overseas nurses who have completed this course have met the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Australian nursing registration qualification eligibility requirements to work as a registered nurse in Australia by completing either the previous EPIQ-RN bridging program or the new nursing registration process for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses, called Outcomes-based Assessment (OBA).

In Australia and across the world, the demand for postgraduate certified nurses is rising. With a Graduate Certificate in Nursing, you may improve your nursing career while contributing to the promotion of health, the prevention of disease, and the care of all individuals.

The program is a generic Graduate Certificate in Nursing designed to prepare registered nurses for entry to Australia’s Master of Nursing program. You will gain strong analytical skills and the capacity to conduct thorough patient assessments throughout the course.

This course is available online as well as on-campus. Our online course has been thoughtfully developed to accommodate the hectic schedules of nurses working across the world. On-campus delivery is available only in IHM’s Perth campus in Western Australia.

You will earn an internationally recognised Australian Government TEQSA authorised and qualified certificate upon completion of the course. If you hold a three-year diploma in nursing, this course will assist you in upgrading your qualification from AQF / NZQF level 6 to AQF / NZQF level 8 postgraduate nursing.

Please note that this course does not lead directly to nurse or midwife registration in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or Ireland. Studying this course will assist you in upgrading your qualification, and you will be needed to pass the applicable Nursing registration bodies’ registration exams or complete bridging programs, as well as meet other requirements, in order to get a nursing registration.

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Details about the Course

Course Details
  • This four-unit course is available both online and on-campus
  • Online intakes occur six times a year, while on-campus intakes occur three times a year at our Perth campus
  • The duration of the online course is eight months
  • The duration of the on-campus course is six months
  • Accredited by TEQSA
  • This program offers credits to the IHM’s Master of Nursing
  • Diploma holder Nurses (minimum 3 years study) can meet the qualification requirement for IHM’s Master of Nursing after completion of this program
  • This is a non-specialisation program. If you are a Bachelor’s degree level nurse looking to upskill your qualification in nursing with a specialisation, IHM now offers 13 specialisation programs known as the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program. Please visit the GCAN course page for more details
Frequently Asked Questions

No, this course is not part of an NMBA-approved program of study. Only an approved program of study will qualify you for direct registration with the Australian nursing board. This is an AQF level- 8 qualifications accredited by TEQSA. If you are an overseas registered nurse with a three-year diploma, this course will assist you in obtaining an AQF level – 8 postgraduate certificate in nursing and may assist you in meeting the qualification criteria for proceeding with the Australian nursing registration procedure.

Yes, if you are a registered nurse with a three-year diploma, you must have a minimum of one-year of clinical nursing experience in getting admission to this course.

A bachelor’s degree in nursing does not require any prior experience.

Yes, both international and domestic students are eligible for a payment plan. Students are needed to make an initial payment of $1200, and a member of our Student Success team will contact you to arrange a direct debit plan with you following the initial payment.

At the moment, IHM is giving a 25% Covid Disaster Relief Scholarship to all full-time full fee-paying students.

You will spend eight months studying the online GCN. This course is taught over two semesters. Each semester, you will study two units with a semester vacation in between. The course will last eight months in total.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing is a postgraduate level 8 certificate that will assist you in regaining your nursing knowledge and abilities, as well as gaining the confidence necessary to re-enter practice.

To enroll in this course, IHM mandates that holders of a three-year nursing diploma have a minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse.

No, none of the examinations need your physical presence. All of our modules include online assessments and quizzes. This may be accomplished from the comfort of your own home with good preparation and active participation in the course delivery.

No, this course does not automatically qualify you for registration in any country. This course will assist nurses in upgrading their qualifications to AQF level 8, which leads to a Master of Nursing degree. Each country’s nursing bodies have its own registration standards, and the majority of them require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent certification in nursing to qualify for registration. IHM’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing- Non-Specialisation is a postgraduate certificate in nursing at AQF level 8, which should assist overseas qualified nurses with a three-year diploma in meeting the criteria of nursing registration bodies. Nursing regulatory bodies evaluate each student application on a case-by-case basis, with the final decision resting with the appropriate nursing regulating organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Yes, there are over 100 overseas diploma qualified registered nurses who have satisfied the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s qualification requirements, completed bridging programs or passed the licensing examination, and are now working in Australia as registered nurses.

To be considered for admission to the GCN course, an Australian resident student or international student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered nurse with their country of origin or practice’s nursing board
  • Hold a minimum of one year of experience as a Registered Nurse – 3 years Diploma holders
  • Experience is not mandatory for Bachelors’s degree-qualified nurses
  • Attend an interview with a member of the academic faculty at IHM
  • Provide evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6, or comparable OET/PTE scores
  • Students who do not have a valid English language exam score may take the IHM’s online English language test and meet the required pass mark
English Language Requirement
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no band below 6.0
  • PTE: 56 overall with no band below 46
  • OET: B for each exam component

Before issuing an offer letter to enroll in the course, the academic staff will review all applications on a case-by-case basis

After completing the course, you will receive a globally recognised Australian Government TEQSA-accredited and qualified certification. If you possess a three-year diploma in nursing, this course will aid you in upgrading to AQF / NZQF level 8 postgraduate nursing from AQF / NZQF level 6.

The course is a general Graduate Certificate in Nursing intended to prepare registered nurses for admission to a master’s degree program in nursing.

Additionally, students can begin NCLEX and OSCE preparation with IHM in order to get Australian nursing registration. IHM offers a three-month online NCLEX preparation course that is not accredited and a four-week on-campus OSCE preparation course at each of our campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.

With a Graduate Certificate in Nursing in hand, you can pursue career prospects as:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Specialist in Clinical Nursing
  • Nurse Educator and Supervising Nurse
  • Personnel Development Nurse Career Prospects
  • Specialist in Clinical Nursing
  • Personnel development Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Associate Nurse Unit Manager Nurse Educator

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing consists of 4 units.

UoS Code

Title of UoS

Credit Points

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 4, 2022
  • Nov 7, 2022
Tuition Fee : AUD $7,250.00
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

A 25% Covid Disaster Relief Scholarship is offered to full-fee paying students.

On Campus:
Tuition Fee : AUD $9,750.00
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Payment plans available. Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

  • Apply online by clicking “Apply Now” at the upper right corner of the course page
  • Interview: If you meet IHM’s eligibility criteria you’ll be contacted for an interview with an academic faculty member
  • Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you’ll be offered a place for the course
  • Enrolment Fee: After you sign the acceptance offer, an invoice for the course will be given
  • After you’ve paid the enrolment fee for the online course, we’ll give you a confirmation of admission
  • On-campus students will get a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate once they have met all GTE eligibility requirements and paid payment

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