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Graduate Certificate of Health Specialisation Scheduled Medicines

Graduate Certificate of Health Specialisation Scheduled Medicines (GCHH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul


  • If you are a Registered Nurse working and specialising in rural and remote health, the Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines) is for you.
  • This degree is currently Australia’s only Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)-approved tertiary postgraduate degree that enables you to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area.
  • A Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse (RIPERN/RIPRN) is authorised to obtain, supply and administer Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines, under protocol.
  • Through work-based learning, you'll be equipped with advanced decision making and diagnostic skills to effectively plan the management of patient care (including initiation of medicines). 

Further study

You have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete further study in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or the Master of Nursing to increase your career opportunities.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines) is accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to enable graduates to apply for ‘scheduled medicines endorsement’ through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career outcomes

  • You will graduate as a health professional with the knowledge, expertise and qualification to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university three year bachelor degree in a health-related field, or equivalent.
  • Must be registered as a nurse in Division One of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and must be able to demonstrate at least one years' full-time clinical experience. Please provide a detailed CV including education, clinical experience, professional development, and full time equivalent for each employer. 
  • USQ requires written confirmation that the applicant is currently practicing as a RN and can complete required hours of clinical mentorship in their workplace.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.  

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 1
3 x specialisation courses 3
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 11720
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 3975

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2022 - applications close Monday 21 February, with Semester 1 commencing on Monday 21 February, 2022.
  • Semester 2, 2022 - application closing date to be advised.

More information on applying key dates is available.

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