1 Year Part-time
January & July
Leadership is a fundamental part of effective nursing care and nurses are recognized as leaders in patient care. (James 2010)
Today’s leaders, both formal and informal, and managers have to be acutely aware of the internal and external pressures that healthcare is facing and have the right skills and knowledge to be able to facilitate change in the 21st century to improve patient outcomes. An accomplished manager will need to be equipped to deal with financial, quality and human resource management built on the foundations of a sound knowledge of the healthcare system and organisational structure and culture.
Studying leadership and management with ACN will provide you with the order to improve your knowledge and skills to advance your career in healthcare leadership management. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of the impact of leadership and effective management on patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the specialty.
Capable clinical leaders and managers are pivotal to the health care system as they are required to manage human and financial resources to provide quality patient care. The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed for registered nurses and midwives aspiring to management positions, as well as for those already holding such positions who wish to enhance their professional practice through formal study. The course aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to clinical leadership and management incorporating human resource management, financial management and quality processes. Through the exploration and integration of theoretical knowledge and concepts, nurses are prepared for their role as leaders and managers within the contemporary health care landscape. The units of study encourage students to draw upon their experiences, providing opportunities to reflect on and critique their knowledge, and abilities, in light of current literature, research and best practice guidelines.
A Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management 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 healthcare management and higher nursing positions.
At successful completion of the course students should be able to:
- critically analyse organisational behaviours and structures
- compare leadership styles required to manage change
- analyse communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills required for effective leadership
- examine components that contribute to effective team culture
- identify factors associated with funding and financial decision making
- appraise the process and applications of business planning
- evaluate quality systems
- critically analyse leadership and management theories.
Maximise your qualification
Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, 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 Leadership and Management is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.
Students will need to complete 4 core units. One unit is studied per term.
Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.
Units of study
|Unit type||Unit name & pricing||
|Term 1 - Core||Introduction to Leadership and Management (249), Tier 1|
|Term 2 - Core||Human Resource Management (302), Tier 1|
|Term 3 - Core||Financial Management (303), Tier 1|
|Term 4 - Core||Quality (284), Tier 1|
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.
|Tiers||2019 Non-member price||2019 Member price (10% discount)||2020 Non-member price||2020 Member price (10% discount)|
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.
Ashley Page MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, MHLM, Grad Cert Educ (Leadership), DipProfPract, CertIVTAE
Ashley coordinates and tutors for our Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care and Leadership and Management. With 5 years of experience in nurse education and previous roles in emergency nursing (15+ years) and management, Ashley is passionate about her role which provides the opportunity to interact with nurses at different stages of their career and help them put theory into practice.
Please ensure you read all course information and make sure you meet entry requirements prior to commencing the application form.
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“Timely response from my [course coordinator] Ashley Page and the option to have a phone conversation rather than just emails is greatly appreciated.”