Graduate Certificate in Nursing (4724)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradCertNurs
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4724
  • AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing is to provide Registered Nurses with the theoretical knowledge and associated skills to prepare them for autonomous practice in clinical settings. Graduates will be able to synthesise and apply advanced nursing concepts in order to lead nursing practice and optimise health outcomes. Students who successfully complete this program may transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing.

  • Director of Academic Program - Rachel Gregory-Wilson

Study Mode

Six months full-time or one year part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Diana Jefferies

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Online Full Time Online See above
Online Part Time Online See above


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing is based on the following requirements:

Registered Nurse (currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Nursing and Midwifery), or eligibility for same, or certificate of registration of nursing, within the last five years, in their own country


One year full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse within the last five years.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points including the subjects listed below.

Subject Title Credit Points
NURS 7019Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care10
NURS 7023Evidence Based Health Care10
NURS 7028Leadership in Clinical Practice10
NURS 7040Perspectives on Nursing10
Total Credit Points40