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Graduate Certificate of Nursing Specialisation Mental Health

Graduate Certificate of Nursing Specialisation Mental Health (GCNG)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • Online
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 1 year part-time
Start
  • Feb, Jul
Note: The Mental Health specialisation contains two courses with mandatory residential schools. Residential Schools will be held at either the USQ Toowoomba or USQ Ipswich campus.

Overview

  • With an increase in Australians experiencing symptoms of mental illnesses across their lifetime, trained mental health nurses play a crucial role in our community.
  • The Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Mental Health) elevates your nursing career and allows you to provide specialised care to patients with a mental health condition.
  • Develop your knowledge of mental health first aid and mental illnesses, psychological wellbeing and emotional health, and learn to apply the theories and nursing interventions in mental health directly to practice.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Nursing, there will be the option to take the credit from the courses and continue to complete the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or the Master of Nursing.

Career outcomes

  • Mental Health nurses can find work in the community, schools, public and private mental health services, forensic settings, emergency care, and rehabilitation across metropolitan as well as rural areas.

Entry requirements

  • Completed a 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in the area of nursing from a recognised university.
  • Hold a current professional registration as a Division 1 Nurse, or equivalent, with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or relevant regulatory body in applicant's home country.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study part-time you would usually complete 2 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Specialisation courses 2
Total 4

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

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the USQ Handbook or please contact us for more information.

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 international students' first year of study (4 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

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

AUD 15160

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

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

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

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.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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