The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (specialisations) is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on a full fee-paying basis. It is normally completed over two semesters part-time. Full time completion is normally not available. The course articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma of Nursing (specialisations) and the 54-unit Master of Nursing. Sequentially developed topics enable progression through the three awards.
The specialisation will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Prospective students will apply for one of the following named specialisations:
*Available to international students only.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (specialisations) normally receive up to 18 units of credit should they choose to apply for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Nursing and/or the Master of Nursing.
The course can be taken in internal or external mode.
Additional information about each specialisation can be found by clicking on the links provided above.
Not all specialisations will be available in any given year or semester.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification.
Applicants who are registered as nurses in a country other than Australia must normally hold an approved degree and may be admitted to the international student program.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Additional information about admission requirements for each specialisation can be found by clicking on the links provided above.
The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (specialisations) aims to:
- prepare students for specialised practice in a range of Primary Health Care environments
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen area of Primary Health Care
- meet international, national, state and territory strategic health care goals in Primary Health Care environments
Course aims specific to each specialisation can be found by clicking on the links above.
Learning outcomes specific to each specialisation can be found by clicking on the links above.
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (specialisations) a student must complete 18 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Where a specialisation has an availability of option topics, these must be selected from non-PEP topics within the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (specialisations) unless negotiated with the Course Coordinator.