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Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing

Not available to international students.
Overview
Course location
Online
Course duration
Full-time
Not available
Part-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

TCNU01

Award
Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Nursing and Midwifery

The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing is designed to extend knowledge gained through undergraduate nursing studies and to develop foundation research skills.

The course provides evidence-based practice, leadership skills and principles, and managing professional development. Principles inherent in a cultural safety framework underpin the course to highlight the centrality of quality and safety in health care. It is expected that you will already be employed or have recent experience as a nurse. As part of this course, you will undertake assessments which have direct applications to your professional practice and context.

On completion of this course, you may progress to the master's qualification specific to your discipline, with advanced standing for completed studies.

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Applicants must hold a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing from CDU. Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

All applicants must provide evidence of current employment or recent experience in their field of nursing specialisation in their application.

This course is only available by direct entry through MyNextCourse.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

This 80-credit point course consists of core units building on a foundation of healthcare knowledge and skills. This course will introduce concepts of management, leadership, cultural safety as applied to the clinical context and skills in facilitating clinical learners.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners
HEA519 Quality and safety in Healthcare
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues
 

Specialist Elective
(4 units)
40cp
Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below. Advance Standing will be applied towards unit completed within the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (GCCN).

HEA542 Informing practice with evidence
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2

PLUS
HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 (Paediatric stream only)
or
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
 

 
80
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Semester 1 Entry
Note: Specialist Elective units are applied as advanced standing from units completed within the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (GCCN), students are required to enrol in Core units only. 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare CO HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners CO
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues CO HEA541 Culture in Practice CO

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
or
For Paediatric Nursing Only
HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 

SE HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2  SE
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1  SE HEA542 Informing practice with evidence SE

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Semester 2 Entry
Note: Specialist Elective units are applied as advanced standing from units completed within the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (GCCN), students are required to enrol in Core units only. 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
    HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners CO
    HEA541 Culture in Practice CO
    HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1  SE
    HEA542 Informing practice with evidence SE
Calendar Year 2
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare CO   CO
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues CO   CO
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
or
For Paediatric Nursing Only
HEA551 Child and Family Knowledge and Practice 1 
SE   SE
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2  SE   SE

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic Applications

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have:

  • Previously completed a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing from CDU and
  • Current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

MyNextCourse

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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