The Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing (EPIQ–
Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses) is
designed for internationally qualified registered nurses who
wish to practise as a registered nurse in Australia.
This course is a program of academic and clinical studies
that prepares candidates to gain registration within Australia
through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Graduates at this level will attain advanced theoretical and
technical knowledge and skills for professional and highly
skilled work and/or further learning. The course provides
credit towards further postgraduate studies.
Major areas of study
The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices
and provides content and clinical experiences in:
Contextual nursing and health
Critical thinking and analysis
Coordination of care
Collaborative and therapeutic practice.
This course is fully accredited with the Australian Nursing and
Midwifery Council of Australia and provides the necessary
qualification for graduates to be eligible to become a
Registered Nurse in Australia through AHPRA.
Compulsory supervised workplace experiences reflect the
current registered nurse standards for practice, major health
priorities and contemporary nursing practices. The eight-week
placement enables candidates to consolidate theoretical
learning and build upon their professional practice.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil
certain prerequisites prior to attending any placements.
Before applying for this course, it is important that students
understand these requirements. For more information,
including prerequisites and inherent requirements for
Graduates typically work as practice nurses in GP clinics,
mental health, child and adolescent health, aged care,
perioperative care, Indigenous health, rural and remote area
health care, emergency departments and critical care. The
course provides graduates with the opportunity to engage
in health leadership and management, education, research
opportunities and a broad spectrum of clinical nursing
specialties, delivering acute and chronic disease management
in clinical settings such as paediatrics, community and
primary health care and education.