Graduate Diploma of Nursing

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Nursing

This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit your professional needs. You will critically reflect on your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area. We offer majors in Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Education and Leadership and Management.

Campus
External
Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Course highlights

JCU has responded to growing requirements for professionals to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, procedures and research that inform current practice. Our specialist and advanced practice coursework programs are available to registered nurses and midwives who want to progress their careers in their chosen specialty area.

Course overview

Majors available:

Advanced Clinical Practice major:

You will explore and reflect upon health care issues within a framework of contemporary nursing practice, and practise advanced physical nursing assessment, having acquired knowledge and skills in both physiological and pathophysiological processes.

Clinical Education major:

This major will extend the role and function of the health professional to that of qualified clinical educator by developing knowledge and expertise in clinical teaching, and its application for improvement of student education. 

Leadership and Management major:

This major is designed for nurses in leadership positions or those being prepared for leadership roles in the future. It sets the strategic direction for services, human resource management and budget preparation and management, with the key responsibility of providing optimum patient care while maintaining patient safety.

For further details, please consult the Handbook.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

OPTIONS

Select 21 credit points of level 5 and level 6 NS and HS subjects or select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

21 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Clinical Practice

Townsville


Clinical Education

Townsville


Infection Control

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Leadership and Management

Townsville


Neonatal Care

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Rural and Remote

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Course pre-requisites: Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia. Additional selection requirements: Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience (or part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Nursing

Course code

100507

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience (or part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse.

Special admission requirements

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

Closing date

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems

  • Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups

  • Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

OPTIONS

Select 21 credit points of level 5 and level 6 NS and HS subjects or select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional Single

Credit points in major

21 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Clinical Practice

Townsville


Clinical Education

Townsville


Infection Control

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Leadership and Management

Townsville


Neonatal Care

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Rural and Remote

Townsville (Suspended 2016-2018)


Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville


Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No - however some optional subjects have mandatory clinical placements.

Special assessment requirements

N/A

Professional accreditation requirements

Students must be registered as Registered Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

N/A

Supplementary exam for final subject

N/A

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points (maximum 12 credit points for formal studies; maximum 6 credit points for Recognised Prior Learning [RPL]).

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 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the students has not completed the course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING

Approved abbreviation

GDipN

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

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

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.