Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing)

Campus Online
Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC100
For domestic applicants, this qualification is also being offered online for Semester 2 2020 only as part of the Australian Government's Higher Education relief package. Visit the Course Seeker website for more information and apply via SATAC using the code 3GC108.

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 those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

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

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Within ten days of submitting a SATAC application, applicants must provide all required additional information online directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link:
    Higher Education Study Applicants must: 1. have a completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent, and have at least two years' experience as a registered nurse, and 2. be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand and be employed at a minimum of 0.64 FTE.
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC:

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place for 12 units

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Tuition fees International student place: $16,750 for 12 units


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    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


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

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Last updated: Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020