Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Speciality Classification
1 Year Part-time
Australian College of Nursing

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for nurses working in a variety of community, primary health and general practice settings. The course will enhance the nurse’s knowledge and skills in prevention, early intervention and management of a range of often complex illnesses. Continuity of care and the facilitation of self-management is emphasized across the transition from acute to sub-acute and community care. The structure of the course recognises the evolving specialist primary health nursing role in practice nursing, community nursing and chronic disease management.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care 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 education, management, rural and remote nursing as well as specialist nursing roles.

Learning outcomes

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

  • critically examine the relationship between social determinants of health, health outcomes and the context of specialist nursing practice
  • examine the economic and political factors influencing determinants of health and health outcomes
  • evaluate evidence based research to enhance clinical decision making skills and client intervention
  • rationalise their professional, ethical and social responsibilities commensurate to the context of nursing practice
  • analyse contemporary models of care that meet the specialised needs of the individual to optimise health outcomes
  • promote an effective learning environment through the development, dissemination and fostering of specialist knowledge and skills
  • evaluate available services and resources that support the management of a client with diverse health care needs.

Course structure and fees

The Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 units – 1 core, 1 specialty and 2 electives. 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.

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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

Sue Mapletoft MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, MNsg Infant, Child and Youth Health (WSU), Cert CFH (NSWCN), CertIVTAE, MCAFHNA

Sue has been nursing for over 30 years, mainly in community health, and in particular child and family health, which is where her passion lies. Sue currently coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing and our Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing, as well as teaching short courses. Sue has a Masters of Nursing with Distinction and is a past recipient of Western Sydney University Dean’s Medal and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Award for academic excellence.

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care 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)