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Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing

Course Code

100507

Version

1

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Diplomas.

Applicant must be a registered nurse.

Completion of a bachelor degree in nursing, or a bachelor degree with honours in nursing, or equivalent degree, from this or another university

Other qualifications recognised by the Head of the School of Nursing Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences as equivalent to the above.

Evidence of professional attainments including professional experience in nursing that meets with the approval of the faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition; and the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

N/A

Special admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Closing date

June1 or January 1 of each year. Students can commence in TP1 or TP2.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core

NS5201:03 Research: Theory and Methodology

NS5002:03 Nursing Inquiry for Specialist Practice

Options

Select 18 credit points from specified NS level 5 subjects or select a major from the table below

NS5001:03 Applied Physiological Assessment

NS5112:03 Physiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5113:03 Pathophysiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5202:03 Research: Proposal Writing

NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care*

NS5220:03 Perinatal Critical Care and the Pregnant Woman*

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project

NS5405:03 Introduction to Nurse Education

NS5406:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies

NS5501:03 Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Nursing

NS5511:03 Intensive Care Nursing 1 #

NS5512:03 Intensive Care Nursing 2 #

NS5604:03 Contemporary Issues in Ageing and Health

NS5605:03 Advanced Assessment of the Older Adult

NS5606:03 Clinical Management of the Older Adult in the Community

NS5607:03 Clinical Management of the Older Adult in Health Care Facilities

NS5710:03 Nursing Management Across the Health Sector

NS5730:03 Advanced Surgical Nursing (offered even years only)

NS5740:03 Advanced Medical Nursing (offered odd years only)

NS5750:03 Dispute Resolution: A Nursing & Midwifery Perspective

NS5760:03 Qualitative Data Management in Nursing

NS5770:03 Nursing Leadership

NS5801:03 Cardiac Nursing 1 #

NS5802:03 Cardiac Nursing 2 #

NS5880:03 Managing Mental Health in General Health Settings (offered even years only)

NS5907:03 Contemporary Issues in Chronic Illness

* Available to Endorsed Midwives only

# These subjects have a clinical requirement with employment required in the respective unit

Majors

Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aeromedical Retrieval

Townsville

N/A

Cardiac Nursing

Townsville

N/A

Care of the Older Adult

Townsville

N/A

Clinical Teaching

Townsville

N/A

Disaster and Refugee Health

Townsville

N/A

Emergency

Townsville

N/A

General Practice

Townsville

N/A

Health Promotion

Townsville

N/A

Infection Control

Townsville

N/A

Intensive Care

Townsville

N/A

Isolated and Rural Practice

Townsville

N/A

Mental Health

Townsville

N/A

Neonatal Care

Townsville

N/A

Nursing Leadership

Townsville

N/A

Oncology

Townsville

N/A

Perioperative Care

Townsville

N/A

Public Health

Townsville

N/A

Renal Nursing

Townsville

N/A

Specialist Paediatric Care

Townsville

N/A

Travel Medicine

Townsville

N/A

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

5 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes, in some clinical subjects such as ICU and Cardiac Nursing

Special assessment requirements

N/A

Accreditation requirements

Students must be Registered Nurses

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

N/A

Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures at

https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/allatoh/JCUDEV_014716.html

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

A student who has passed a postgraduate subject at this University or at another recognised education provider, which is deemed by the Pro Vice Chancellor of the faculty, on the advice of the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, to be equivalent to subjects offered in the course may be granted credit for those subjects up to a maximum of 12 credit points.

Students with entry qualifications equivalent to three years or more of undergraduate or postgraduate study, plus a minimum of five years nursing related professional experience considered suitable by the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, may be granted credit in recognition of prior learning up to a maximum of 6 credit points of study.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing Studies, Master of Nursing Leadership or Master of Advanced Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.