Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

The experience


As a Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing student, you will have a passion for driving excellence in nursing, helping to improve the lives of those in your care. Your pathway as a graduate will be paved with practical experience and an understanding of primary care nursing that will set you apart as a nurse.

Day-to-day experience

This program has been designed specifically to fit around your busy schedule and workload. You’ll engage daily in active peer-to-peer online learning, working through coursework and practical tasks with other nurses who are currently working in general practice and primary care, or are wishing to move from hospital nursing into this area.

You will be encouraged to apply knowledge about contemporary issues in primary care nursing practice to your weekly learnings. This will help you to better understand the issues you will experience as a primary care nurse into the future.

Learning mode

This practical, theoretical and evidence-based course focuses on chronic disease management and preventive health, skills you will need to progress your career in primary care nursing.

Throughout the one-year course, you’ll complete assignments that focus specific tasks found in the workplace. Similarly, clinical audits and patient interviews will prepare you for contact with clients in various primary care nursing settings.

The situational practice mode of teaching will improve your ability to enhance the quality of your clinical practice, whilst being well supported by expert University of Melbourne teaching staff.


As a student of this course, you will learn the foundational skills to commence a Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice. The Certificate is structured to provide students with the opportunity to take their nursing career to the next level with a unique specialisation.

Student experience

The subjects are clinically relevant and strongly inform my role working as an advanced primary care nurse. The support is fantastic and the staff very approachable. I have, through this course, been inspired to move towards a nurse practitioner role in primary care. I would highly recommend this course to other nurses.

Ellen Rowat, recent graduate

The course provided me with more confidence about my skills and gave me the foundation for the commencement of my masters in advanced nursing practice. The course has provided me with knowledge about contemporary issues in general practice as well as allowing me to expand my role into areas such as quality improvement and practice development.

Kirsty Owen, recent graduate