Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January and Winter Intake - June


Nurses play a critical role in cancer care. The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing will develop your capacity to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and provide the highest level of cancer care.

The program, designed to be undertaken part-time over twelve months, combines flexible online study with immersive clinical learning and clinical competency assessment at your employing healthcare service.

You will develop a sound understanding of the theory and scientific advances that underpin the comprehensive care and management of people affected by cancer. You will apply this knowledge to clinical practice, demonstrating the ability to competently care for patients with complex care requirements using evidence-based and scientific approaches.

Participants in this course must be employed and nominated by a health service that provides cancer care. You will undertake work-integrated learning, which includes completing clinical skills assessments facilitated by clinical educators and experts working within your health service.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

There is an increasing demand for healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to deliver comprehensive cancer care. This course has been developed to enhance the skills of the oncology nursing workforce and is informed by the Australian National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing. The learning outcomes are mapped to the National Cancer Nursing Education Project (EdCaN) standards to support specialist cancer nurses’ professional development in cancer control, meaning you will gain cutting-edge, industry-standard knowledge.

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