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Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines)

Graduate Certificate of Health Specialisation Scheduled Medicines (GCHH)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

  • 1 year part-time

  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Qualify for rural and remote scheduled medicines

If you are a registered nurse working and specialising in rural and remote health, the Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines) program is for you.
This degree is currently Australia’s only Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved tertiary postgraduate degree that makes you eligible to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area. A Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse (RIPERN/RIPRN) is authorised to obtain, supply and administer Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines, under protocol.

Continue to expand your knowledge

As the four courses within the Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines) are also embedded in the Graduate Diploma of Health (Rural and Remote) and the Master of Health (Rural and Remote), you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete further study to increase your career opportunities.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Health (Scheduled Medicines) is accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to enable graduates to apply for ‘scheduled medicines endorsement’ through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Strengthening the professional development of health professionals working in related areas of their chosen specialisation, the Graduate Certificate of Health enables graduates to become experts in their field. 

Other specialisations in the Graduate Certificate of Health include: Clinical EducationCommunity Health, General and Rural and Remote Health.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 1
3 x specialisation courses 3
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 10760

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university three year bachelor degree in a health-related field, or equivalent.
  • Must be registered as a nurse in Division One of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and must be able to demonstrate at least one years' full-time clinical experience. Please provide a detailed CV including education, clinical experience, professional development, and full time equivalent for each employer. 
  • USQ requires written confirmation that the applicant is currently practicing as a RN and can complete required hours of clinical mentorship in their workplace.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.