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Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

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The Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing will enhance the nurse’s knowledge and skills in prevention, early intervention and management of a range of often complex illnesses.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
1 year part-time
Course Code
10 016 2013 (January 2020 intake)
Study Mode
Intake Months
Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep
Domestic Fees
$9,240 per year / $9,240 total

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for nurses working in a variety of community, primary health and general practice settings. The course will enhance the nurse’s knowledge and skills in prevention, early intervention and management of a range of often complex illnesses. Continuity of care and the facilitation of self-management is emphasized across the transition from acute to sub-acute and community care. The structure of the course recognises the evolving specialist primary health nursing role in practice nursing, community nursing and chronic disease management.

Entry requirements

Admission to Graduate Certificate courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some Graduate Certificate units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Course Structure

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Study locations


What you will learn

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • critically examine the relationship between social determinants of health, health outcomes and the context of specialist nursing practice
  • examine the economic and political factors influencing determinants of health and health outcomes
  • evaluate evidence based research to enhance clinical decision-making skills and client intervention
  • rationalise their professional, ethical and social responsibilities commensurate to the context of nursing practice
  • analyse contemporary models of care that meet the specialised needs of the individual to optimise health outcomes
  • promote an effective learning environment through the development, dissemination and fostering of specialist knowledge and skills
  • evaluate available services and resources that support the management of a client with diverse health care needs.

Course structure

Core subjects:

Specialty elective subjects (choose one specialty elective from the following):

Elective subjects (choose two electives from the following:): 

*These units have mandatory requirements, such as pre-requisites and/or clinical placements. Please refer to the individual unit page for further details.

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please click on this link, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Disclaimer: Fees vary dependent on subject electives chosen

How to apply

Refer to individual subject page for course fees.

ACN offers a flexible payment option allowing students to pay their fees on a term-by-term basis. Each term’s fees are due upfront, prior to term commencement.

FEE-HELP is also available for eligible students. Further information can be found here.