Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing and the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing form part of the broad suite of courses in forensic psychology and forensic mental health at Swinburne University of Technology. In particular, the units in the certificate form part of the subjects that lead to the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science. The subjects will also be of interest to some students pursuing postgraduate training in psychology. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of nursing in forensic mental health, including key legal principles and legislation and core clinical skills (such as violence risk assessment and management), enabling graduates to work effectively in forensic contexts or with forensic patients. This course is offered through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne, in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).


1 year part-time


Online (Semester 1, Semester 2) – View application and start dates

Study modes

  • Online,
  • Part-time

2020 Start Dates

Semester 1 – 02 March 2020
Semester 2 – 03 August 2020

2021 Start Dates

Semester 1 – 01 March 2021
Semester 2 – 02 August 2021

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