Bachelor of Nursing/Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing (Advanced Standing)
Griffith University - Nathan

Course outline

Responding to a shortage of paediatric nurses and growing opportunities in Australia and overseas, Griffith has designed this unique combined degree to provide advanced knowledge and specialist skills in paediatric nursing. The program involves studies both on- and off-campus and clinical experience in a variety of nursing practice situations. This is Australia’s first Commonwealth-supported pathway to paediatric nursing and includes a guaranteed placement opportunity with potential for fixed-term employment. Students will graduate with two qualifications:

Bachelor of Nursing (three years full-time at the Brisbane South – Nathan campus) and the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing (one year part-time, online). Together, these qualifications provide a sound theoretical and practical background in nursing for children. Graduates may be eligible to apply for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (5721) with a paediatric nursing specialisation. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Nursing/Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing at GU.


Students can take the Bachelor of Nursing part-time but attendance at day classes is generally required. Part-time students must be available full-time for professional placements. The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing is part-time and online only. Students can spread their graduate certificate studies across three trimesters.

Fee notes

This an indicative only amount for first year fees. For further information refer to

Other requirements

Important offer advice: Should you receive an offer into this program you will be required to enrol into classes* within a short timeframe. This information will be included in your Starting@Griffith email and expressed in the number of days from the day of issue of your email and is in line with the offer response date in your QTAC offer email. Please note that the number of days can vary depending on when the offer was made. This requirement applies irrespective of whether you accepted conditionally or unconditionally. If you do not enrol* into at least one class for your program by 5pm on the response day your offer will lapse. Lapsed offers are not automatically reinstated and reinstatement is subject to available places. *Enrolling into classes means that you are advising when you are attending class/es. Enrolment must be submitted. Students must undertake placements for the Bachelor of Nursing. A health check, including immunisation status, a Working with Children check and Australian Federal Police check are required. Applicants must complete a nationally accredited first aid certificate with CPR (at their own expense) by the end of the first trimester. For further information, visit the Griffith University website.

Admissions Criteria

For minimum age requirements please visit Institution minimum age requirements


AHPRA Registration; Prior study; Questionnaire

Fixed closing date

Applications for Trimester 1 close 31 October 2024.

Additional entry requirements

A limited number of places are available for the advanced standing pathway and an additional selection criteria (Nursing Admission Questionnaire) applies. Griffith will email the questionnaire to applicants. Applicants must be eligible for admission into Year 2 with credit transfer, ie hold a Diploma of Nursing from an accredited Australian Education Provider and unconditional registration (without restrictions) as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2), General with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)—note that registration under the AHPRA Pandemic Response Sub Register is not accepted—or hold a Diploma of Health Care from Griffith College. Internationally Qualified Nurses or applicants with more than one year of Bachelor of Nursing study at an Australian university will be assessed and advised on a case-by-case basis. Internationally Qualified Nurses must demonstrate recency of practice (within a period of five years) and have unconditional registration where they are working as a Registered Nurse. Note: We follow Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) guidelines regarding recency of practice. Applicants must have a minimum of 450 hours accumulated over the past five years. The hours do not need to be continuous. Refer to the program entries on the Griffith website for further details. All Trimester 1 applicants must provide documentary evidence of their eligibility by 9 December 2024. Documentation lodged after this date may not be considered in time for the 9 January offer round. Griffith Guaranteed Admission Schemes do not apply to this program.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: To enrol in this program, you must have attended and satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America. If you have not met these educational requirements, you are required to provide evidence of an acceptable English Language test. For more information see the QTAC website.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.


As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2024 information is not available.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2024 information is not available.

Career opportunities

Following registration, as a paediatric nurse, you may find opportunities in hospitals, in the community, and in urban, rural and remote settings. You will have clinical specialist skills in the area of paediatric nursing and will be able to expect increased professional recognition, mobility and an enhanced ability to remain in employment.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025

CSP/$6000 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 1 year Part time