About This Program

If you are an internationally educated registered nurse and refuse to gamble with your future, then consider enrolling in this Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing of Southern Cross University.

Graduate Certificate in Australian NursingThis Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses or EPIQ, was designed specifically for you if you wish to practice as a Registered Nurse in the country.  The EPIQ program is fully accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.  Completing this program will allow you to become a Registered Nurse through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or AHPRA.

The following major areas are included in this graduate certificate programs:

  • Contextual nursing and health including the Australian health care system, pharmacology, acute and complex care among others;
  • Professional practice including legal and ethical studies, accountability for practice;
  • Critical thinking and analysis which include reflective practice, evidence and research for practice;
  • Coordination of care which includes leadership and care management, health informatics among others;
  • Collaborative and therapeutic practice which includes establishing professional relationships with interdisciplinary health care teams and individuals.

Course Delivery

The EPIQ program is offered in the Gold Coast campus of Southern Cross University via intensive workshops before a consolidated professional experience placement. 

You will be attending lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes for approximately 15 weeks.

Assessment methods include:

  • Written examinations
  • Case study presentations
  • Debates
  • Written assignments and
  • Simulations and clinical skills testing.

The 8-week compulsory supervised work placement will reflect the current registered nurse standards for practice, major health priorities and contemporary nursing practices.  Before attending the placement though, you may be asked to fulfill additional prerequisites 

Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation and all costs related with this in order to complete the work placement.


When you graduate from this program, you may seek career opportunities in the following career opportunities:

  • Health leadership and management
  • Education
  • Research

You may also want to practice your nursing profession and specialize in fields such as paediatrics, community and primary health care and education, aged care, perioperative care.

Learning Outcomes

You are expected to gain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge and skills for professional and highly skilled work as a Registered Nurse in Australia and/or further learning. You may also advance to other postgraduate studies with credits from this EPIQ program.

Course Outline

Course Code : 1007304

College : School of Health and Human Science

Duration : 6 months

Qualifications Level : Graduate Certificate

Fees :

The tuition fee is currently set at AUD14,600 for AY 2017-2018.  Please check with your assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for updates.

Other fees may apply such as, but not limited to the following:

  • OSHC fees
  • Service Fee
  • Material Fees
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Books and supplies

Please note that all fees listed above are in Australian Dollars.  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Southern Cross University.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates per year and these are in:

  • February
  • July

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Southern Cross University.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • You must have a letter of determination from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, or AHPRA, before continuing with this program. 
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 7.0 overall band score with no individual band under 7.0
    • Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses, a Pass at "B" level in all components

Interested in the program?  Send us an inquiry regarding compliance with the AHPRA requirement.

Why Study in Southern Cross University

For a "young" university (it's less than 50 years old), Southern Cross University has ranked consistently high in the education sector:

  • SCU is listed in the top 150 universities in the world that are less than 50 years old;
  • The university has been named in the Top 50 of Generation Y universities;
  • In Australia, SCU leads the $13.8m national Farming Together Pilot Program, partnering with the Northern Rivers Co-operatives Alliance and the Australian Government;
  • SCU has been consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey;
  • The 2015 Excellence in Research for Austrlia 2015 report awarded the highest possible classification of "well above world standard" for 9 research fields offered by SCU. These include Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine;
  • The university sets great store in its personal approach with its students and has consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey.

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