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2014 Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation)(H6F)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast:
Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 5 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Melanie Greenwood Ph: (03)62264732


The Graduate Diploma of Nursing comprises the second level of the Master of Clinical Nursing program. Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma or apply to continue within the program and complete a Master of Clinical Nursing qualification.

The Graduate Diploma is offered part-time only, over four semesters. The maximum time for completion is four years. With the exceptions of Child and Family Health Nursing and Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing all specialisations are offered completely online. In most specialisations, students must have access to clinical practice in the specialty area.
Please note that graduate programs are offered subject to student demand and the availability of School of Nursing and Midwifery resources.

Admission & Prerequisites

An applicant must: [i] be a registered nurse in Australia, or [ii] if an overseas applicant, have had his/her nursing qualifications assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery - Board of Australia - and be eligible for registration in Australia, and normally have had at least two years of full-time experience in relevant nursing practice within the last two years (or equivalent); [iii] hold an undergraduate degree in nursing with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or [iv] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements
Students enrolled in specialisations which include clinical placements must demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below:

Course Objectives

The School of Nursing and Midwifery aims to create an educational environment that values critical reflective thinking, life-long learning and professional development.
The Graduate Diploma of Nursing prepares registered nurses for specialist practice in a variety of clinical areas. The course consists of eight units of 12.5% weighting. Students undertake 2 units per semester.


The following specialisations are currently approved, but please note that some are not available in 2014:

  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Aged Care Nursing
  • Anaesthetics and Recovery Nursing
  • Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Child and Family Health Nursing
  • Clinical Nursing and Teaching
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • General Practice Nursing
  • Immigration Nursing
  • Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Neuroscience Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing#
  • Palliative Care Nursing#
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Renal Nursing
  • Rural/Remote Nursing
  • Special Care of the Newborn Nursing
#Specialisation currently not available

Career Outcomes

Students completing specialist strands within the Graduate Diploma are likely to gain employment within that specialist area.

Articulation to/from Course

Students may articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Nursing to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing.

Students may also articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Nursing to the Master of Clinical Nursing.

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