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Child and Adolescent Health Nursing

Graduate certificate

Become a specialist in child and adolescent healthcare to enhance the wellbeing of children and their families in the community-health context.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

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12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Child and Adolescent Health Nursing at Curtin?

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked first in Western Australia, and in the top 50 in the world, for nursing.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.



The Child and Adolescent Health Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice. It is suitable for registered nurses who are interested in the design and implementation of early-intervention strategies at the individual, family and community level. 

Key components include: 

  •  child and adolescent health within the collaborative primary healthcare framework, and best practice sociocultural health support 
  •  physical and psychosocial development of children aged 0 to 18 years within family, education and community environments 
  •  applying the evidence-based community models of healthcare planning and clinical decision-making. 

Your learning will be consolidated with a clinical placement that includes interprofessional learning and collaboration. Prior to your clinical placement you’ll complete a five-day, pre-clinical skills workshop* at Curtin Perth. 

The Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only. We recommend that you study one or two units per semester.

This Graduate Certificate is available in semester 1 and in semester 2. 

Note: This Graduate Certificate is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.  

See our handbook for more course information. 

* There are no fees for this workshop. Students travelling to Perth to complete the workshop must arrange (and fund) their travel and accommodation. 

How this course will make you industry ready

Currently Curtin University is the sole educational provider in Western Australia for this course. Curtin maintains close collaboration with agencies providing child and adolescent health services in the community, ensuring that the course materials are relevant and up to date.

Graduates from this course will have the clinical competencies to practise in child and adolescent health nursing across an extensive range of population groups.

What you'll learn

  • identify and apply principles of primary health care into practice to maintain optimal wellbeing of the individual, family and community
  • assess the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual, family and/or community to determine and plan the health care needs within a community practice setting
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature
  • communicate both verbally and written, in a way the individuals, family and professional colleagues can understand
  • use appropriate technologies to practice community health nursing practice
  • demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning
  • incorporate learning opportunities in nursing practice
  • recognise national and global community health issues and strategic health care directions; relate these to community nursing practice
  • provide culturally aware and respectful health care provision to multicultural groups and Indigenous communities; demonstrate professional and ethical practice in community health nursing; work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary health care team

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and registration as a general nurse in Division One with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Students need to be able to undertake a compulsory five day pre-clinical skills workshop at the Bentley campus prior to their clinical placement. There are no further fees incurred for this workshop but rural students will need to source and fund travel and accommodation expenses. Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.

Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for our Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing (GC-CAHNU).

  • Download the Supplementary Information page [.pdf] for a list of entry requirements.
  • Provide proof of professional registration
  • Provide a CV/resume
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $12,669*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
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Semester 2
  • On campus
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Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online


Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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