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CB60 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

CQUniversity's Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is ideal for Registered Nurses who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills to provide nursing care for people experiencing mental health issues or problems. The program will help students gain a basic understanding of contemporary topics and issues of relevance in a range of areas in the mental health care settings.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

On completing the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing, students will be able to provide mental health care at a beginning level within the mental health or general health care system.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 1 year part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 3 courses/24 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Direct to the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements

English (4, SA)

Must have qualifications as a Registered Nurse or a degree from a recognised higher education institution (as approved by the Head of Program).

Professional Accreditation not applicable
Residential School There are compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the some courses in the program.
Practicum/Work placement Students will be required to undertake a number of hours in clinical placements during the program (see course details).
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal GradCertMHN  
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program will achieve a number of outcomes in the development of skills and knowledge relevant for nursing of people experiencing mental health issues. 

Specifically they will:

  • be able to apply the knowledge obtained to a broad range of specific practice settings at a beginning practice level
  • participate in professional development activities including writing and presentation
  • develop an understanding of the state and national strategic directions for mental health care and apply this knowledge across all health care settings
  • gain appreciation of the holistic nature of mental health care including the cultural, spiritual, social, biological, and psychological features of illness and health
  • obtain knowledge and skills at the beginning level to assist groups and individuals to be empowered in attaining, preserving and establishing positive mental health outcomes

Program Structure

Students must complete 3 courses (24 units of credit).

Courses Offered

Program Structure
Course Code Course Name
3 compulsory courses (24 units of credit)
NURS21164 Mental Health Nursing
NURS21158 Recovery Approach in Mental Health
NURS21165 Effective Interpersonal Skills in Mental Health

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