University of Technology Sydney

C11303v2 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: Online campus


This is an online course, so international students are not eligible to apply for a student visa to take this course in Australia.

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


This course prepares nurses to advance their careers in a range of diverse and challenging roles. Developed in close consultation with industry stakeholders, our course is contemporary and responsive, ensuring that graduates are well prepared to meet the current and future needs of the healthcare system. Subjects incorporate up-to-the-minute evidence and content, and are all intended to positively impact outcomes for health care consumers.

Students develop specialised knowledge and highly sought-after skills to lead, advocate and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families, with complex illnesses and co-morbidities, using evidence to make informed clinical decisions. 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

The course offers a contemporary and responsive curriculum that is industry aligned, evidence-based and research-informed. UTS works with key health care partners, public health organisations and consumers, to shape and deliver up to the minute content that provides nurses with in-demand skills to meet the ever growing needs of patients and employers. Students learn from internationally recognised nursing experts and researchers who continue to improve practice and inform policy globally. The 100% online study mode allows nurses to personalise their learning, with flexible study options.

Career options

Students develop nursing skills and knowledge that enable improvement in person-centred care and health outcomes. Career options include leadership positions, advanced roles and specialisations, in areas such as acute care, chronic and complex care, quality and safety, and management. The course can also be used as an entry point for study at the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes
1.1 Identify, synthesise, evaluate and apply the best available evidence for translation into practice to achieve optimal health outcomes
1.2 Demonstrate comprehensive clinical judgement and clinical reasoning that is based on evidence and reflects relevant professional codes and guidelines
2.0 Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders
2.1 Analyse approaches for building own capacity for leadership and that of the interdisciplinary health workforce and health care consumers
2.2 Demonstrates ability to collaborate and influence evidence-based change and transformation for achieving optimal health care outcomes
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities
3.1 Justify and promote social justice principles to ensure efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
3.2 Synthesise evidence-based principles of quality and safety to achieve optimal health outcomes
4.0 Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations
4.1 Consistently adopt a respectful, empathic and person-centred approach that engages and empowers health care consumers and families/significant others
4.2 Demonstrate a high level of verbal, non-verbal, written, digital and other technological communication skills
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development
5.2 Demonstrate compassionate, empathic, ethical and collaborative clinical practice
5.3 Practise and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and support personal and team wellbeing
6.0 Demonstrate professional capabilities to work effectively with and for Indigenous peoples and communities across the health profession
6.1 Critically reflect on Indigenous Australian contexts to inform professional cultural capability to work effectively with and for, Indigenous Australians within the health and social care profession
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Apply a strengths-based approach in addressing issues facing Indigenous Australians

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 international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in each subset; or TOEFL: internet based: 94 overall, reading 24, listening 24, speaking 23, writing 27; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subset; or OET: minimum score of B in each of the 4 components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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 details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

STM91436 Advanced Nursing core subjects 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide, and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about 100% online study and a possible study program.

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04408).

Other information

Further information is available from:

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

The Post-Graduate Nursing co-ordination team