Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

What will I study?


What you will learn

Enhance your therapeutic communication and collaborative skills
You will discuss the psychosocial, informational and spiritual impacts of diagnosis and treatment on people with cancer and their families. You will also develop your knowledge and skills in therapeutic communication and explore opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance the experience of cancer survivors.

Apply knowledge of cancer biology and control across the care continuum
You will be able to safely and effectively apply your technical knowledge and provide specialist cancer nursing care that addresses disease and treatment-related health needs.

Confidently plan and implement comprehensive, patient-centred care
Learn to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate individualised, patient-centred care plans in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary cancer control team. You will use evidence-based resources to provide tailored information and education to people affected by cancer to enable self-management.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing is a 50-point program, designed to be undertaken part-time over twelve months. To gain the award, you must complete four core subjects and two selectives, each worth 12.5 points.

Please note if you commence study in the winter intake you will have a 6 month break after completing the first subject Applied Pathophysiology and recommence in March the year after. Consequently starting this course in the winter intake will take 1.5 years to complete.


On average, it is estimated that students will be required to allocate 13-18 hours per week for ‘study’ time for each subject. However, the time commitment required can vary based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

In addition to online learning, students undertaking the course need to be employed 3-5 days per week in a nominated health service in order to complete a structured program in work-integrated learning.

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