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Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
1 Year Part-time
Australian College of Nursing

Course overview

Studying the Graduate certificate in cancer nursing provides students with the knowledge and skills required to coordinate and provide culturally safe, evidenced-based cancer care. The Australian College of Nursing aims to enhance students’ professional and ethical understanding in order to facilitate clinical practice development and improve patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses. Students are supported towards to attainment of their individual learning goals by a team of highly skilled clinical experts.

The course responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners capable of practicing in various cancer care environments and in specialist cancer nursing roles. The prevention, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of various cancer types- from diagnosis and primary care, to follow-up, survivorship and palliative care- are explored using an interprofessional team approach. Future treatment trends and the impact a cancer diagnosis has on the individual, their significant others and the broader community, are considered.

Students select from a range of specialty electives which allow further exploration of specific clinical areas of interest related to cancer nursing. Students engage in the planning, development and evaluation of their own clinical and educational requirements to promote lifelong learning through critical analysis and reflection.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Learning outcomes

This course is designed to develop an understanding of cancer nursing with a strong clinical focus. It enables students to:

  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge base within cancer nursing for the provision and coordination of contemporary cancer care
  • develop specialist clinical practice and advanced clinical decision-making skills in the assessment and management of people living with cancer
  • analyse the communication skills used to establish effective therapeutic relationships with people diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers
  • examine the leadership, professional and educational skills contributing to a high standard of cancer nursing care and practice development within interprofessional teams
  • evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature to support the provision of contemporary evidence-based cancer nursing care
  • reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of people living with cancer, their families and carers.

Course structure

  • The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.
  • Students will need to complete 4 units – 3 core and 1 elective. One unit is studied per term.
  • Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.


Ters 2021 Member price (10% discount) 2021 / Non-member price

Tier 1       $2,070.00        -      $2,300.00

Tier 2       $2,362.50        -      $2,625.00

Tier 3       $2,776.50        -      $3,085.00

Tier 4       $3,321.0        -      0 $3,690.00

Fees are subject to change without notice.

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.

Entry requirements

Admission to GC 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 GC units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Meet your nurse educator

Trish Lowe MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, BNurs, Grad Dip Mid, MMid, GC Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, GC Child and Family Health, CertIVTAE, Immunisation for RNs

Trish is responsible for the coordination of our Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing and Neonatal Care. Trish is committed to advancing nurse leadership and advocating for the nursing and midwifery profession, by equipping nurses and midwives with the knowledge they require, to meet their mandatory registration requirements, especially pertaining to recency of practice and continuing professional development.

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1 Year Part-time
Price Details
2021 Non-member price (Tier 1) - $2,300.00 ; 2021 Member price (10% discount)
2021 Non-member price (Tier 1) - $2,300.00 ; 2021 Member price (10% discount)
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