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Graduate Certificate of Nursing

Course Description

Through this course you will critically reflect upon your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies within nursing science, across a variety of health contexts, including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only

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Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Certificate of Nursing page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

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