CDU is ranked in the top 10 best nursing schools in Australia. Our graduate employment rate is >93% (2017 QILT). Hospitals and other health service providers are reliable employers and job security is excellent. There is a projected shortage of nurses and Nurse Practitioners in Australia and globally.
Bachelor of Nursing
The Bachelor of Nursing prepares students for the role of a Registered Nurse, to deliver the highest quality, patient-centred care to people of all ages in a variety of settings. Our programs qualify for ‘away from base’ funding for Indigenous students.
Clinical placements are a vital part of the education process, giving students real-world experiences in hospitals, community and primary health care clinics, and aged care facilities. We aim to provide placements throughout Australia so that students can gain experience in their geographic area or area of special interest, such as Indigenous health or regional issues.
Clinical training blocks
Otherwise known as ‘sim blocks’, clinical training blocks are compulsory one-week study blocks held at our purpose-built simulation labs in Darwin, Alice Springs and Sydney. We are leaders in large-scale simulation. For 2020 CDU is working on gaining ANMAC accreditation for students to also access simulation labs in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth close to where they live and work. Our students train in real-time nursing shifts on a busy simulated ward with up to 12 different manikins, each with its own unique personality, range of health issues and idiosyncrasies.
Clinical training blocks allow students to learn and practice their clinical skills in a simulated environment prior to clinical placement. Our dedicated staff work with students during the five-day intensive program to practice specified nursing interventions, integrate theory into practice and develop an understanding of the requirements of professional nursing practice according to the NMBA Competency Standards (2006).
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
There is high demand for Nurse Practitioners across Australia. Our re-developed Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will be available in 2020. The course is weighted towards primary healthcare, whilst providing a generic preparedness to ensure that graduates have capability in many different clinical areas.
The Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) will be open to experienced RNs who have at least four years’ full time experience with a minimum of two years’ advanced practice. The course will be taught and delivered online, with only two intensive weeks (one in each year) offering a high degree of flexibility for each individual student.
New post-graduate programs have been announced in response to alumni demand. Post-graduate qualifications improve job prospects and wages for nurses, and the level of health care available to our communities.
In response to high demand for graduates in the Health sector, the College of Nursing & Midwifery has developed a range of postgraduate courses available to domestic students in 2020. These are:
In 2021, the College is proposing a Master of Clinical Nursing, as well as specialist qualifications in priority areas such as dementia, renal health and primary health care. We are working towards specialist pathways within our existing qualifications in areas such as perinatal mental health, child and youth mental health, as well as sub-bachelor offerings in regional areas to meet workforce demands.
Follow your passion
Pursue your passion for rural, remote, humanitarian or international nursing at CDU. We offer rural and remote placements in the Northern Territory and across Australia. If you have an interest in Indigenous health, you are in the right place. If your interest lies in the Asia Pacific region, we offer international study opportunities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China.
The Bachelor of Midwifery Employed Model Program is a two-year program delivered online at a part-time study load (0.75 EFT study load, which is three units per semester) with paid employment offered through the Top End Health Service and the Central Australia Health Service on full-time or fixed part-time contacts.
Nursing Course Coordinator and Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Deputy Chair of the NT region, Nicole Norman, attended the ACN National Nursing Forum in Hobart recently. She was joined by Senior Lecturer in Nursing Dr Nasreena Waheed and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer NT Health, Adj Prof Sue Hawes.
In a joint study between Charles Darwin University and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Rainmaker Grant funds will be used to create a new mobile 3D virtual reality (VR) resource to be piloted in Semester 1, 2020