Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry)

CRICOS Course Code: 0100117

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The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry) is a Nursing Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved pathway for internationally qualified nurses and return to the register nurses to achieve the sufficient level of practice against the Australian nursing standards. ACN has been offering bridging and re-entry programs for more than 17 years and our new curriculum is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).


12 weeks

Study mode

Face to face


$15,900.00* (2021)
$16,400.00* (2022)


Available for Australian citizens

*The ACN Member discount cannot be applied for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry).

Why study this course

Our course has been developed by specialist nurses, industry experts and clinical stakeholders to facilitate a smooth transition into contemporary nursing practice. Throughout your learning journey, you will be supported by experienced clinical facilitators, academics and skilled clinicians. We will assist you to further develop knowledge and skills in academic writing, simulation based critical thinking and professional experience placements.

Course overview

This course is a comprehensive, contemporary and clinically relevant Graduate Certificate in Nursing and runs for a total of 12 weeks full time study. Delivery of the course consists of face-to-face, simulation, self-directed learning, online activities and clinical placement components. All course content  is delivered and assessed in English language.

Our course consists of two (2) core units of study:

304 – Professional Nursing Concepts in Australian Health Care Context

The purpose of this unit of study is to explore the professional role of registered nurses in the Australian healthcare context. Students will gain an understanding of safe, appropriate and responsive nursing practice within this context and examine the role of quality, research, evidence based practice and the professional development of self and others. Students will enhance their clinical skills through an analysis of best practice principles to help them better manage the care of people and develop their clinical decision-making ability. This unit includes the following themes and is mostly covered during the theoretical component:

  • Theme 1 – Nursing practice in the Australian healthcare context
  • Theme 2 – Social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Theme 3 – Professional culture and behaviour in the Australian healthcare context
  • Theme 4 – Cultural safety
  • Theme 5 – Principles of patient safety and better health outcomes
  • Theme 6 – Research and inquiry
EFTSL Credit points Hours of study
0.25 12 300

305 – Clinical Nursing Practice in the Australian Healthcare Context

The purpose of this unit is designed for students to explore and apply professional nursing practice knowledge and skills in the clinical environment. The unit assesses the student’s clinical practice against the national standards of practice for the registered nurse as mandated by NMBA during supervised clinical placement. The unit allows the student to consolidate their experiential learning through clinical supervision and professional development. The clinical experience is divided into two (2) blocks each with a three (3) week duration and will be undertaken in both acute and aged care settings. This unit includes the following themes:

  • Theme 1 – Critical thinking and analysis of nursing practice
  • Theme 2 – Engagement in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Theme 3 – Capability of practice
  • Theme 4 – Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Theme 5 – Planning for nursing care
  • Theme 6 – Providing safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
  • Theme 7 – Evaluation of outcomes to inform nursing practice
EFTSL Credit points Hours of study
0.25 12 300


These units of study are delivered at a postgraduate level, AQF level 8. Students are required to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills, both at an academic level and in clinical practice.

The assessments for Unit 304 are:

AssessmentWeightingFormative (F)
Summative (S)
Week assessed
Contribution to online discussions5%F2 and 5
Objective structured clinical assessments
Must achieve 100%, 3 attempts given
10%F3 and 4
Medication exam
Must achieve 100%, 3 attempts given
Online multi-choice quizzes20%F2 and 3
PICO question and search strategy15%F5
Short answer essay25%S4
Reflective essay20%S5


Assessments for Unit 305 will focus on the application of the learning components completed during Unit 304:

AssessmentWeightingFormative (F)
Summative (S)
Week assessed
Guided case analysis25%S8
Professional Experience Placement (PEP) 40%S11
Learning Contract35%S12

More information about the assessments is available in the Student Handbook which will be available to students during orientation.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate nursing practice against the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice
  • demonstrate capability for practice within an evidence-based framework
  • evaluate delivery of care across the lifespan in the context of the contemporary Australian healthcare system
  • analyse effective communication within a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach to safe practice
  • critically reflect upon legal and ethical standards that underpin professional nursing practice
  • examine leadership behaviours that contributes to an effective team culture.

Where this qualification can take you

In addition to gaining nursing registration in Australia, our Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry) is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients, residents and clients while facilitating further progression of your career. It will also provide you with a postgraduate qualification rendering the pathway towards higher degrees.


The application deadline for the January 2023 intake of the Graduate certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry) is Friday 28 October 2022.


Important information for international students

To help you prepare for your participation in the course you can find out more about visa processes, Overseas Student Health Cover and living in Australia.

Application process

Please note that course enrolments will be limited so apply now to confirm your place.

  • Participants must hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
  • Participants must be referred to this course by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA)
  • Important pre-enrolment information from NMBA is available here
  • Required immunity status must be met as per NSW health guidelines
  • Unique Student Identifier

Documents must be original or a certified copy.

  • A certified copy of your AHPRA referral letter. Ensure that your referral letter is valid at course commencement
  • Results of acceptable English language test(s) if applicable – refer to the AHPRA website
  • A certified copy of your valid passport
  • A certified copy of your valid visa (if applicable)
  • A valid Australian police/criminal record check (CRC), the following links may help: AFP website, national crime check website or the AMICI Tech website
  • Students who are not Australian citizens nor holding permanent resident status also need to provide a criminal record check from their country of origin and any other country they have resided in since the age of 16 or older in addition to their Australian criminal record check. This can be the same criminal record check as used for AHPRA i.e. (fit2work)
  • Record of immunisation
      • Evidence of immunisations must be in line with NSW Health requirements (please refer to page 36 of the NSW Policy Directive, Appendix 4 Checklist: Evidence required from Category A Applicants)
      • All documented evidence of immunisations and original serology must be provided with the application:
        • Diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DTPa, not ADT) within last 10 years
        • Varicella, either positive serology OR 1x vaccination if administered prior to age 14 OR 2x vaccinations at least 28 days apart if administered from 14 years old
        • Mumps, measles and rubella, either positive serology OR 2x vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR a birth date prior to 1966
        • Hepatitis B, positive serology AND evidence of age appropriate vaccinations OR sign a statutory declaration upon course commencement
        • The current years/season flu vaccine obtained in Australia ONLY

Please note: You may be asked to undertake Tuberculosis screening after commencement of the course.

To apply for the course, you must submit a copy of your referral letter for an NMBA approved bridging/re-entry program and a copy of your passport to confirm your identity.

If your referral letter has already expired, you can still commence the application process by submitting a copy of the expired referral letter.

If any other of the supporting documents of your application are missing, don’t worry, you can email them later to us at:

The quicker we get your documents the quicker you get a place in the course.

We will contact you to follow up once your application is reviewed. It may take up to 6-8 weeks to get back to you due to the large volume of applications. Please do NOT submit multiple applications.

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the Clinical Placement Officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to ensure clinical placements are within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however, applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility and this may require you to temporarily relocate within NSW (Metro and/or Regional), ACT and QLD.

Once placements are confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there are unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances.

ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements. Shifts may include morning, afternoon and night duty.

View further information about clinical placements.

The Australian College of Nursing is required under the National Law to comply with mandatory notification requirements. Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for full details.

Meet your Course Coordinators

Suman Kumar MACN

Suman Kumar MACN, Nurse Educator
RN, BN, MEd & Cert IV (TAE), GC Public Health, Diploma of Midwifery

Suman has facilitated bridging programs for overseas nurses and local refresher courses for many years and has a keen interest in exploring the transition of practitioners into the contemporary Australian nursing practice. She has over 17 years teaching experience in both VET sector and higher education in Australia. Suman has worked in various clinical settings as a registered nurse in public and private sectors in Australia and has experience working in regulations. In addition to facilitation of student learning, Suman continues to contribute towards training and supervision of workplace assessors and professional development programs.

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CRICOS Course Code: 0100117