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C11200v2 Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing (GradCertN)
UAC code: 940880 (Autumn session)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course includes a compulsory clinical practice component to be undertaken after the block teaching periods.

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 is offered as a joint initiative between UTS: Health and Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Child and family health nurses work in partnership with parents as they learn the skills of parenting and caring for the infant and growing child. The primary health care role of the child and family health nurse includes health teaching with parents, health promotion in the community, group work and counselling for parents and care givers, and health surveillance of infants and children.

Applicants do not need to be employees of Tresillian, nor do they need to be concurrently employed in child and family health services.

The course prepares registered nurses for beginning practice in the clinical nursing specialty of child and family health.

Course aims

The program of study is designed to build on nursing knowledge and skills to develop capacity to work in a primary health care setting with young children and their families. The comprehensive study program focuses on infant care and child health, and the promotion of maternal and family health and wellbeing. The accompanying clinical experience program provides placements in community child and family health services as well as Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Career options

Career options include positions in primary health care services, such as early childhood health or community health centres, secondary level services in family care centres or breastfeeding clinics for mothers and babies, and tertiary services such as those offered by Tresillian or Karitane.

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 who have recent relevant work experience in a related area may also be eligible to apply. Such applicants must present evidence of the capacity to undertake tertiary study.

Applicants must have one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. 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: 176-184.

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.

Course structure

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

The course is offered as a mix of face-to-face teaching sessions and web-based learning through UTSOnline. There are eight days of face-to-face teaching over the duration of the year requiring attendance on campus. These are presented as three workshops of two to four days each.

Dates for 2016 are:

  • 4–8 April
  • 16–17 May
  • 8–10 August

The remainder of the learning is in web-supported distance mode.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students are required to undertake a clinical practicum to consolidate their learning and introduce them to child and family health nursing practice. The clinical program offers up to 120 hours of experience:

  • 80 hours in a child and family health service clinical facility (compulsory)
  • 40 hours as fieldwork undertaken independently (compulsory).

Where possible, students are placed in child and family health services in their own locality.

Dates for 2016 are:

  • Autumn session: 6 June to 24 June
  • Spring session: negotiated with student according to placement availability at Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Course completion requirements

92613 Principles of Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp
92614 Child and Family Health Nursing 1 6cp
92615 Child and Family Health Nursing 2 6cp
92620 Family and Community Health Practice 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) (for registered nurses only).

Other information

Further information is available from:

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

Robyn Johnston
Course coordinator
telephone +9514 5153