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C11119v3 Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience Nursing (GradCertN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Kuring-gai campus


This course is not offered in 2015.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course prepares registered nurses to become neuroscience nurses in various health care settings.

Students develop specialised skills and knowledge needed to become neuroscience nurses and learn to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the neuroscience patient population.

Course aims

The course is designed to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to enable registered nurses to:

  • practise safely and competently in the specialty of neuroscience nursing
  • synthesise specialty knowledge, skills and expertise in order to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families
  • make appropriate clinical judgments in relation to the care of people with neurological problems
  • critically evaluate their practice to enhance professional practice
  • develop the ability to actively contribute to the professional development of others
  • appropriately counsel and support patients and their families as they deal with their health and lifestyle adjustments
  • use research in order to make informed decisions about nursing practice.

Career options

Career options include specialty neuroscience nursing.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible.

Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at:

Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered via on-campus study days and online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at a rate of two subjects a semester. The normal attendance per subject is four full days spread over the semester.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points, comprising four specified nursing subjects.

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with NSLHD. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from subject Specialty Clinical Practice. If students change their sub-major they may need to redo a CAP related to the new sub-major or do the subject Specialty Practice.

Course completion requirements

92713 Health Breakdown 6cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      92869 Specialty Clinical Practice6cp 
      STM90490 Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP)6cp 
92920 Neuroscience: Trauma and Cerebrovascular 6cp
92921 Neuroscience: Degenerative and Oncological 6cp
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222