Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing
Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences
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
Special admission requirements
For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.
June1 or January 1 of each year. Students can commence in TP1 or TP2.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points
Additional course rules
Additional completion requirements
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).
NS5201:03 Research: Theory and Methodology
NS5002:03 Nursing Inquiry for Specialist Practice
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
Type of major
Credit points in major
18 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Yes, in some clinical subjects such as ICU and Cardiac Nursing
Special assessment requirements
Students must be Registered Nurses
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
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.
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
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.
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
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.
This is a joint degree
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.
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.