Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing)

Advanced protection for vulnerable patients

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They care for patients in a range of settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion and humour.

This online certificate is suited to working nurses who want to build their competencies for senior and specialist positions in infection control. The program is delivered over one year of part-time study.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing) covers essential knowledge for safe practice at advanced levels. You will:

  • learn about decontamination and sterilisation of medical devices
  • study microbiology and epidemiology
  • build clinical management skills for patients with infectious diseases or infections
  • explore contemporary issues in infection control
  • investigate approaches to staff education.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Current AHPRA registration certificate
Higher Education Study Applicants must:
1. have a completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent, and have at least one years' experience as a registered nurse, and
2. be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand.
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC:

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

This program provides students with the knowledge to be a Registered Nurse in the area of specialisation.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Specialist Registered Nurse

Degree Structure

Students can undertake this program over one semester of full-time study or one year of part-time study.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - 2 courses

Semester 1

NURSING 6117OL Infection Control Nursing

Semester 2

NURSING 5104OL Microbiology & Epidemiology

and NURSING 6117OL Infection Control Nursing - if studying full-time

Study Plan


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Last updated: Friday, 24 Sep 2021