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 cancer nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of cancer nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based cancer care. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest related to cancer nursing.

The course aligns with the National Educational Framework for Cancer Nurses (EdCaN) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice in various cancer environments as well as preparing graduates for specialist cancer nursing roles within the wide scope of 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 of their student experiences. Graduates can use their extended knowledge in clinical specialties to develop their career pathway and can go on to seek employment in various specialist cancer nursing areas and leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse consultants or cancer nurse coordinators. The focus is on evidence based practice for the prevention, diagnosis, pathology and treatments of cancer. The continuum of care is addressed from a multidisciplinary team approach from diagnosis, primary care to include follow-up care, survivorship and palliative care. Future treatment trends and the exploration of the impact on the individual, family and community are included.

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 cancer care
  • develop specialist clinical practice and advance their clinical decision making skills in the assessment and management of patients with cancer
  • engage in and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients, their significant others and other members of the multidisciplinary care team
  • implement professional, educational and leadership skills to provide support for other clinicians and provide an overall contribution to the multidisciplinary health care team
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care for patients
  • examine their ability to reflect on personal and professional values and attitudes in relation to the care of patients with cancer and their families and carers.

Maximise your qualification

Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing, you could be one year of study* from an online Master of Nursing with University of Canberra (UC). Develop advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, management, research, health-care improvement and evidence-based practice. Gain 12 credit points from your previous studies with ACN towards UC’s Master of Nursing, with only one year of study* needed to complete your degree. Study at your own pace with a degree that’s entirely online and convenient for you.

ACN graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in Master Programs of other universities.

*Based on a fulltime study load.

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 1933 (July 2019 intake)
10 005 2034 (January 2020 intake)

Term 1 - CoreStress Response and Health Breakdown (277), Tier 1
Term 2 - CoreChemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care (217), 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.


Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

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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Being a part of the ACN community allows nurses to be the best they can be and strengthen the voice of nursing through a range of invaluable benefits, including 10% off graduate certificates and other education offerings, exclusive networking events, access to support and advice on ACN’s online engagement platform neo, free online CPD courses and opportunities to be involved in shaping health care policy. Find out more and join our tribe today!

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.

Diva Madan

Diva Madan, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MN clinical education, BN, BSc, DN, Cert IV TAE

Diva coordinates both our Graduate Certificates in Breast Cancer Nursing and Cancer Nursing.

Diva has great passion for clinical teaching and truly enjoys going beyond the essential elements of the curriculum, teaching learners to be creative, curious and critical thinkers.

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 1933 (July 2019 intake)
10 005 2034 (January 2020 intake)

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Need more information? Register your interest to be contacted by a Nurse Educator who can discuss the course in further detail with you.

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