• Description

    Registered nurses who wish to advance their career can undertake the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, and build upon their undergraduate education and previous clinical experience. This course is founded on an environment conducive to critical inquiry, testing of ideas and generation and expansion of knowledge, and is directed towards a high degree of expertise as a nurse with greater levels of responsibility. The curriculum is focussed on an increased understanding of the value of research and evidence-based practice.

    Graduates of this course can take up leadership in provision of responsive nursing care for individuals and families in general and specialised care, and can undertake research in their chosen field.

    This program offers a pathway for Registered Nurses with Diploma of Nursing qualification to gain a Postgraduate qualification. The Graduate Diploma in Nursing course work reinforces theory and skills learnt in class with supervised clinical placements in an appropriate healthcare environment.

    This course is delivered over 1 year for full time students (international and domestic). Domestic students may also undertake the course part time, and it will take 2 years for completion. Students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, subject to credit transfer and recognition of prior learning procedures.

  • Admission Criteria
    • Students can enter postgraduate courses provided that they are registered nurses, either in Australia or another country, and are able to demonstrate that they have the ability to successfully complete the course they intend to enter. Minimum IELTS score of overall 6.5 or equivalent is mandatory. (For the online program, students who do not have the required IELTS scores or their equivalent can write a short essay, which should be deemed satisfactory in order to gain admission).
      • Be a Registered Nurse in Australia or country of origin.
      • Work experience in the area of nursing preferred.
    • Applications will be accessed on a case by case basis by course coordinator in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedures for Course delivered to Overseas Students. Candidates with lower scores encouraged to apply.
  • Course outcome

    You may undertake this course to advance your nursing practice. You can then work in roles including, but not limited to, the following roles in a range of healthcare settings in Australia:

    • Nurse educator
    • Nursing coordinator
    • Nurse manager
    • Other senior positions

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  • Duration

    International : 1 year full time
    Domestic : 1 year full time/2 years part time

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  • Delivery Mode

    International : On campus, Online
    Domestic : Online

  • Campus

    International : Sydney

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