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.

  • Adelaide Nursing School ranked 51-100 in the world*
  • 24% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Flexible online study

*QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023
^ Occupation projection

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC100
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Current AHPRA registration certificate
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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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.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - 2 courses

Semester 1

NURSING 6117OL Infection Control Nursing

Semester 2

NURSING 5104OL Microbiology & Epidemiology

Study Plan


May include essays, case studies, discussion board participation, presentations, poster presentations, critiques, portfolios and exams.


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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023