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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management

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

Course overview

Capable clinical leaders and managers are pivotal to the health care system as they are required to manage human and financial resources to provide quality patient care. The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed for registered nurses and midwives aspiring to management positions, as well as for those already holding such positions who wish to enhance their professional practice through formal study. The course aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership and management incorporating human resource management, financial management and quality processes. Through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge and concepts, nurses are prepared for their role as leaders and managers within the contemporary health care landscape. The units of study encourage students to draw upon their experiences, providing opportunities to reflect on and critique their knowledge, and abilities, in light of current literature, research and best practice guidelines.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management 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 healthcare management and higher nursing positions.

Learning outcomes

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

  • critically analyse leadership theories and styles
  • reflect on management, motivation, and workplace culture required for effective leadership
  • examine current evidence based practice that contributes to effective leadership and management
  • appraise the process and applications of business planning to identify factors associated with funding and financial decision making
  • analyse communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills required for effective leadership and management
  • evaluate quality improvement systems and their impact on health care.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 core units. One unit is studied per term.

Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.



2021 Member price (10% discount)

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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

Ashley Page MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MHLM, Grad Cert Educ (Leadership), DipProfPract, CertIVTAE

Ashley coordinates and tutors for our Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care and Leadership and Management. With 5 years of experience in nurse education and previous roles in emergency nursing (15+ years) and management, Ashley is passionate about her role which provides the opportunity to interact with nurses at different stages of their career and help them put theory into practice.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management
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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