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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Nursing

This program is designed for nurses re-entering the workforce, internationally educated nurses who are required to undertake a bridging program or nurses seeking to update their knowledge and skills.

The next intake for this program will commence on the week of 3 August 2020.

Students will be orientated to the nurse’s professional obligations in meeting all Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia codes, standards and guidelines and to meet their legal and ethical obligations as a registered nurse. There will be a focus on critical thinking, clinical reasoning, reflection and the use of current evidence and research to make sound clinical judgments in order to practice safely in a complex health environment. Students will explore current and emerging national and regional health priorities, health research, health policy and reform.  Medication management, pharmacology and the relationship to physiology and pathophysiology will be addressed. Person centeredness, communication and cultural competence will be explored in both the theoretical and professional practice components of the program. There will also be a focus on caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Specific program requirements for admission are dependent on which pathway into the Program you require.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia determines the eligibility to undertake a Re-entry or Bridging program.

  • All applicants must have a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent.
  • Applicants for ‘Re-entry’ or ‘Bridging’ pathways must have a valid AHPRA referral letter; the letter must be valid for the duration of the program and an additional 4 weeks following completion.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the English language proficiency* requirements for postgraduate degrees
  • All applicants must have a valid national police certificate and criminal record screening check.
  • Non Australian citizens are required to provide a criminal record check from country of origin and any country resided in after the age of 16
  • International applicants must hold a valid Australian visa until course completion
  • All applicants must have a valid Working With Children Check(Bluecard Mandatory).
  • If unable to provide a Police Certificate from your home country or any country you have resided in since turning 16 years of age, a Statutory Declaration must be completed. This Declaration must state that you have no pending criminal charges or convictions from your home country or any country that you have resided in. If you do have such records, you must list date of any offences, the type of offence and the court outcome.

Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the English language proficiency requirements for postgraduate degrees. Applicants must also meet the English language skills registration standard set out by NMBA.

  • OET- B in all sections
  • PTE Academic- 65, with no individual band score lower than 65
  • TOEFL (iBT)- 94, with no score lower than 24 in reading and listening, no lower than 23 in speaking, and no lower than 27 in writing

  • Course Code: 0101873
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 03 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15070 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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