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C11246v1 Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (GradCertAdvN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course offers a mid-year intake for local students.

This course is not offered to international students.

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


This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced nurse at graduate certificate level. The course offers two subject elective choices to enable students to tailor their study to their area of specialty or their role. There is a large selection of elective subjects that include, but are not exclusive to, primary health care, acute care, education and research.

The course is made up of two core subjects and students select two electives to meet their or their employers' needs. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families, using evidence to make informed decisions about nursing practice. Graduates are well equipped to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, able to appraise and develop their own practice as well as contribute to the professional development of others.

Course aims

Students develop graduate attributes such as leadership, critical thinking, accountability, communication, professional qualities appropriate to their role and Indigenous cultural respect. These attributes are developed with key external stakeholders, industry advisers, clinical partners, employers and clinicians.

Career options

Career options include leadership positions in advanced roles, e.g. clinical, chronic and complex care (ageing and palliation); primary health care; education; management; research; clinical nurse specialist or consultant; nursing management; complex case management; nursing education; and aged care.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
1.1 Locate and apply research knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the available evidence for optimal healthcare delivery
1.2 Examine local, national and international networks to enhance translation of latest evidence into practice
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
2.1 Review strategies to enable leadership and advocacy, within scope of practice, for person-centred care
2.2 Examine potential for creative approaches that enhance the interdisciplinary workforce, enabling health-promoting environments
2.3 Review collaborative approaches used with patients, families and interdisciplinary teams to enable optimal health outcomes
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
3.1 Identify the health professional role as it relates to social justice and global citizenship
3.2 Explore issues relating to efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
4.1 Analyse effective strategies and techniques to communicate appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations
4.2 Examine techniques to empower, facilitate and support healthy behaviours
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Explore knowledge and skills within their context of practice, to maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Examine world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Describe the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise and discuss the diversity of Indigenous Australians and the importance of this in relation to their health and wellbeing

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.

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.

Local students

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 one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration is confirmed via the national Registers of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

Course duration and attendance

This 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 the rate of two subjects a session. The normal attendance per subject is three to four full days on campus spread over the session.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points, comprising two specified nursing and two elective subjects.

There are structured, work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of participating hospitals. These students may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with these organisations. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from subject 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice.

Course completion requirements

STM90961 Core subjects (Advanced Nursing) 12cp
CBK91062 Electives 12cp
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
UTS: Health

Dr Lynn Sinclair
Course coordinator