Graduate Certificates

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Upgrade your nursing career with ACN

Are you ready to upgrade your nursing career? The Australian College of Nursing has graduate certificates designed to upskill, upgrade and uplift you.

At ACN, we offer a diverse range of 20 postgraduate courses that will help you unlock new opportunities, enhance your clinical knowledge, and connect with a supportive nursing community. With our flexible, part-time, and online programs, we make it easier than ever to balance your work and study commitments.

What sets us apart? Unlike a university, we focus exclusively on nursing education. All our courses are written by expert nurses, for nurses. This means you will receive a relevant, practical education that will prepare you for the real world.

We understand the demands of nursing and your need for flexibility. That’s why our graduate certificates are designed to accommodate your busy schedule, offering an online delivery mode and part-time study options.

Elevate your nursing career today, with ACN by your side, every step of the way.

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Explore ACN's Graduate Certificates

With a diverse selection of 20 graduate certificates, you can specialise in the specific area that aligns with your career aspirations.

Learn more about courses and studying at ACN in our 2024 Course Guide

Why study with ACN

Ditch the financial stress

Save 10%* by becoming an ACN member and access FEE-HELP to finance your studies through an interest free loan.

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

Fast-track your career goals

Take control of your future, gain a reputable postgraduate qualification in only one year, all while studying part-time.

Ongoing support, every step of the way

Online learning does not mean you will be left to your own devices! Our expert team of tutors and educators is here to guide you throughout your learning journey.

Flexible learning to suit your lifestyle

We understand that most nurses do not operate on a 9-5 schedule, that’s why we offer flexible, online learning to suit your individual routine and lifestyle.

Created for nurses, by nurses

All our graduate certificates are written and delivered by expert nurses offering you real-world experience and practical skills that are tailored to your career.

Tailored education for specific specialties

ACN offers the largest number of nursing graduate certificates in Australia. By studying with ACN you will receive a deep dive into the specific specialty you are passionate about.

Registered Institute of Higher Education

ACN is a registered Institute of Higher Education, TEQSA Provider ID: PRV14001. The Graduate Certificate is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 8 qualification.

Free Office 365

ACN students have access to Office 365 Education for free, throughout the duration of their course.

Career outcomes

Nurses make up the largest proportion of the healthcare workforce. As the demand for registered nurses is projected to grow by 13.9% by 2026, opportunities for clinical nurse educators, specialists, and managers will surge. There is no better time than now to upskill and pave the way for a rewarding and secure career!


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Graduate Certificate attributes

Get valuable industry skills with a competitive edge. ACN supports our students to graduate with the following attributes:


Demonstrate enhanced professional, social and ethical understanding in a specialist area of practice.


Apply complex problem solving and information literacy skills to the development of evidence-based practice, research and policy reform.


Engage in behaviour that is culturally appropriate, safe and sensitive to the needs of people in their care.


Demonstrate an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal values, culture and knowledge to build trust and improve health outcomes.


Combine advanced communication skills with an awareness of global health determinants to independently and collaboratively lead and educate others.


Reflect and think critically to be better able to care for self, improve health outcomes, and influence safe and effective professional practice.

Not ready to commit to a Graduate Certificate? Consider completing one of our 60 Single units of study to test the waters.

Financial support

Apply for FEE‐HELP

FEE‐HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students in paying all or part of their tuition fees. Learn more

Become a member and save

Joining ACN as a member, you can save 10%* on course fees while engaging with fellow students, building support networks and making lifelong connections. Learn more

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

Find a scholarship to suit you

Discover our range of scholarships to support you to succeed in your studies regardless of your circumstances. Find ACN scholarships or ACN Foundation Grants and Awards

Want to quickly accrue CPD hours? ACN offers a range of online and face-to-face courses in our CPD Centre.

We’re here to help you every step of the way

ACN Graduate Certificates

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