Graduate Certificate in Nursing Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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Competency Assessment Programme

Graduate CertificatePart time: 2 - 6 years

Programme code

CH3890

Starts

Throughout the year

Credits

60

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

You must be an NZ Registered Nurse to enrol, otherwise see Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Location

Christchurch - Manawa Campus

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)

Domestic


$310 - $630 per course

International

$990 - $1,990 per course

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

This part-time programme enables you to extend your knowledge and skills as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse, to further develop your career.

A range of courses (5 - 10 credits) is delivered through on line media and/or face-to-face sessions over three to five days. Delivery of face-to-face content is mostly at our Manawa campus, near Christchurch Hospital.

Registered Nurses can commence studying for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing immediately after graduating. A number of courses at Level 7 are available, including Health Assessment, Cardiology Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing, Rural Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pressure Injury Assessment, Wound Care, Mental Health and Illness, Child Health Assessment, Management of Diabetes, Pain Management and ECG Analysis.

The programme is designed to be studied part-time, with up to six years to complete. You may choose to do one or two courses, or work towards the whole 60-credit qualification.

If you are a New Zealand Enrolled Nurse wanting professional development opportunities, please see the Enrolled Nurses timetable below.

Please note: This programme is intended as professional development for New Zealand registered nurses. Overseas trained nurses seeking professional development are advised to explore our Graduate Diploma in Nursing.

Registered Nurses - Nursing Practice Timetable - 2020

Enrolled Nurses - Nursing Practice Timetable - 2020

For detailed information about this programme please contact:

Kirsten Gunn

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programme Coordinator
kirsten.gunn@ara.ac.nz
Phone: 021 224 0773

Career opportunities

This is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand Registered Nurses to gain a formal qualification as recognition of your on-going professional development. You will graduate with the confidence and skills to plan and coordinate complex patient care demands.

Study pathways

Many study options are available and this certificate is recognised as essential professional development for nurses.

Recommended school subjects

  • for registered nurses only

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Certificate you are required to complete 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This qualification is open to Registered Nurses holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council. Additional information is specified for some courses.

Alternative requirements
  • Individual courses may, by request, be taken by other professionals with qualifications in a specialty area.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admissions and Enrolment form

You must be an NZ Registered Nurse to enrol, otherwise see Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Level 7

Acute and Long Term Stroke Management

GCSM701
5.0 credits

Applied Clinical Teaching and learning in ...

GCAT701
10.0 credits

Applied Pharmacology for Nursing

GCPH701
5.0 credits

Assessing the Acutely Unwell Child (in the...

GCCA701
10.0 credits

Assessment of the Older Adult

GCAA701
5.0 credits

Cancer Nursing 1 - Understanding Cancer

GCON701
5.0 credits

Cancer Nursing 2 - Management

GCON702
5.0 credits

Cardio-Respiratory Emergency Nursing

GCEN704
5.0 credits

Cardiology Nursing

GCCN701
10.0 credits

Child and Adolescent Health for Nurses

GCHE703
5.0 credits

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

GCCM701
5.0 credits

Childhood Enuresis

GCPW701
5.0 credits

Clinical Learning and Teaching

GCCT701
5.0 credits

Comprehensive Child Health Assessment

GCCH701
10.0 credits

Core Concepts in Perianaesthesia Nursing

GCPN701
10.0 credits

Diabetes Management

GCMD701
10.0 credits

Dying and Palliative Care

GCDY701
5.0 credits

ECG Analysis

GCEI701
5.0 credits

Exploring Rural Health Concepts

GCRH701
5.0 credits

Health Assessment of Adults

GCHA701
10.0 credits

Infant and Young Child Health for Nurses

GCHE704
5.0 credits

Infection Control Management for Registere...

GCIM701
5.0 credits

Intensive Care Nursing 1

GCIC701
10.0 credits

Intensive Care Nursing 2

GCIC702
10.0 credits

Leg Ulcer Management

GCLU701
5.0 credits

Management of Acute Pain

GCMP701
5.0 credits

Managing Heart Failure in Acute and Commun...

GCHF701
5.0 credits

Maori Health Nursing

GCMH701
5.0 credits

Medical and Surgical Emergency Nursing

GCEN705
5.0 credits

Nursing Management of Dementia, Delirium a...

GCDD701
5.0 credits

Nursing the High Acuity Medical Patient

GCHM701
5.0 credits

Nursing the High Acuity Surgical Patient

GCHS701
5.0 credits

Paediatric Emergency Nursing and Professio...

GCEN706
5.0 credits

Paediatric Oncology

GCPO701
5.0 credits

Pathophysiology Related to Ageing

GCPR701
5.0 credits

Pressure Injury Prevention, Assessment and...

GCPI701
5.0 credits

Principles of Intraoperative Nursing

GCOT701
10.0 credits

Principles of Post Anaesthetic Care

GCAR701
10.0 credits

Principles of Stoma Care

GCST701
5.0 credits

Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Pat...

GCRA701
5.0 credits

Rapid Assessment of the Unwell Patient (In...

GCRA702
5.0 credits

Responding to People Who Experience Substa...

GCDI701
5.0 credits

Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Knowledge a...

GCRH702
5.0 credits

Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Ski...

GCRH703
10.0 credits

Rural Health: Assessment of the Deteriorat...

GCDP701
5.0 credits

Surgical Nursing

GCSC701
5.0 credits

Trauma Emergency Nursing

GCEN707
5.0 credits

Understanding Mental Health and Illness

GCHI701
5.0 credits

Wound Care 1

GCWC701
5.0 credits

Wound Care 2

GCWC702
5.0 credits

Youth Health

GCYH701
5.0 credits