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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

TNUR01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Diploma of Nursing is designed for registered nurses seeking to extend the knowledge they have gained through their undergraduate nursing studies and develop their foundation research skills.

The course will build your knowledge in 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 advanced standing

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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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Why study Nursing and Midwifery at CDU?

Future-proof your career in healthcare with a postgraduate nursing or midwifery degree at CDU. Delivered by passionate and expert lecturers, your learning will be guided by evidence, innovation and patience-centred care.

  • #2 in Australia for postgraduate nursing starting salary (GUG 2023)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
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Why study Nursing and Midwifery at CDU?

Find a rewarding career in healthcare when you study nursing or midwifery at CDU. Our graduates have the academic knowledge and hands-on experience to confidently enter the workplace and deliver evidence-based care to their patients.

  • Gain practical experience through placements and state-of-the-art clinical simulation suites located around Australia
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • #2 in Australia for postgraduate nursing starting salary (GUG 2023)

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HEA505 Facilitating Clinical Learners
HEA519 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership ORMAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)

Specialist Electives
(4 units)
40cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from one of the specialisations detailed below:

Clinical Appraisal
HEA572 Applied Health Project A (20 credit points)
HEA573 Applied Health Project B (20 credit points)

Health Services Management
HEA506 The Health Workforce
HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA516 Leading for Change (20 credit points)

Electives
(0 units)
0cp

There are no elective units available in this course.

 80cpTotal Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

Course Changes - 2022
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership has been added as an alternative core unit for MAN514 Management for the Executive from Semester 2 2022

Study plan


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.

Full-time Study Plan - Clinical Appraisal

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA519 Quality and Safety in HealthcareCOHEA505 Facilitating Clinical LearnersCO
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership OR
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
COHEA541 Culture in PracticeCO
HEA572 Applied Health Project A (20cp)SEHEA573 Applied Health Project B (20cp)SE

Full-time Study Plan - Health Services Management

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA505 Facilitating Clinical LearnersCOHEA541 Culture in PracticeCO
HEA519 Quality and Safety in HealthcareCOHEA515 Health InformaticsSE
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership OR
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
COHEA516 Leading for Change (20cp)SE
HEA506 The Health WorkforceSE  

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.

Full-time Study Plan - Clinical Appraisal

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  HEA505 Facilitating Clinical LearnersCO
  HEA541 Culture in PracticeCO
  HEA572 Applied Health Project A (20cp)SE
Calendar Year 2
HEA519 Quality and Safety in HealthcareCO  
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership OR
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
CO  
HEA573 Applied Health Project B (20cp)SE  

Full-time Study Plan - Health Services Management

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  HEA505 Facilitating Clinical LearnersCO
  HEA541 Culture in PracticeCO
  HEA506 The Health WorkforceSE
  HEA515 Health InformaticsSE
Calendar Year 2
HEA519 Quality and Safety in HealthcareCO  
HEA550 Nursing and Midwifery Professional Leadership OR
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
CO  
HEA516 Leading for Change (20cp)SE  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
It is expected that all applicants have recent experience in their field of nursing specialisation.

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA 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 moduleA 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.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Australian qualification framework

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

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Diploma of Nursing
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Nursing and Midwifery, Health

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GD532
872082
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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