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Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing
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1 Year Part-time

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January & July



“In 2019, it is estimated that 144,713 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (78,081 males and 66,632 females). In 2019, it is estimated that the risk of an individual being diagnosed with cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 2 for both males and females.”
Cancer Australia 2019

Course overview

Studying the Graduate certificate in cancer nursing provides students with the knowledge and skills required to coordinate and provide culturally safe, evidenced-based cancer care. The Australian College of Nursing aims to enhance students’ professional and ethical understanding in order to facilitate clinical practice development and improve patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses. Students are supported towards to attainment of their individual learning goals by a team of highly skilled clinical experts.

The course responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners capable of practicing in various cancer care environments and in specialist cancer nursing roles. The prevention, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of various cancer types- from diagnosis and primary care, to follow-up, survivorship and palliative care- are explored using an interprofessional team approach. Future treatment trends and the impact a cancer diagnosis has on the individual, their significant others and the broader community, are considered.

Students select from a range of specialty electives which allow further exploration of specific clinical areas of interest related to cancer nursing. Students engage in the planning, development and evaluation of their own clinical and educational requirements to promote lifelong learning through critical analysis and reflection.

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Cancer 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 clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles.

This course is designed to develop an understanding of cancer nursing with a strong clinical focus. It enables students to:

  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge base within cancer nursing for the provision and coordination of contemporary cancer care
  • develop specialist clinical practice and advanced clinical decision-making skills in the assessment and management of people living with cancer
  • analyse the communication skills used to establish effective therapeutic relationships with people diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers
  • examine the leadership, professional and educational skills contributing to a high standard of cancer nursing care and practice development within interprofessional teams
  • evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature to support the provision of contemporary evidence-based cancer nursing care
  • reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of people living with cancer, their families and carers.

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 units – 3 core and 1 elective. One unit is studied per term.

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

Units of study

Unit typeUnit name & pricing

Course codes
10 005 2136 (January 2021 intake)
10 005 2137 (July 2021 intake)

Term 1 - CoreStress Response and Health Breakdown (277), Tier 1
Term 2 - CorePrinciples of Cancer Care (329), Tier 1
Term 3 - ElectiveChoose one elective from the following:
Term 4 - CoreLeadership and Professional Practice (925), Tier 2

ACN offers two intakes per year in January and July. Important dates including start and census dates can be found here.

Flexible intakes in April and October may be available, please contact our Customer Services team for further details.


Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

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. Further information can be found here.

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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.

Trish Lowe MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, BNurs, Grad Dip Mid, MMid, GC Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, GC Child and Family Health, CertIVTAE, Immunisation for RNs


Trish is responsible for the coordination of our Graduate Certificates in Cancer Nursing, Child and Family Health, and Neonatal Care. Trish is committed to advancing nurse leadership and advocating for the nursing and midwifery profession, by equipping nurses and midwives with the knowledge they require, to meet their mandatory registration requirements, especially pertaining to recency of practice and continuing professional development.

Please ensure you read all course information and make sure you meet entry requirements prior to commencing the application form.

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

Course codes: 10 005 2136 (January 2021 intake)
10 005 2137 (July 2021 intake)

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For general course information:
Customer Services
t: 02 9745 7500