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


Semester 1


Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Graduate Diploma Renal Health Care is designed for registered nurses and midwifes who want to extend their knowledge and expand their scope of practice.

Through this course, you will synthesise the principles of equity, empowerment, and the socio-political determinants of health. It takes an inter-sectoral focus on the individual, family, and community access to renal health services.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to enhance and expand your:

  • clinical practice
  • knowledge and skills in renal healthcare
  • care delivery processes
  • clinical education, and
  • clinical management.

This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the health service, and you will undertake education and assessments that have a direct application to your current or future professional practice.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


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


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

This 80-credit point course consists of eight core units.

Course structure

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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(8 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

NUR520 Advanced Renal Care 1
NUR521 Advanced Renal Care 2
NUR522 Renal Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
NUR523 End of life care
HEA503 Fostering Curiosity for Care
HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable Populations
NUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment Modalities

 80cpTotal 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

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time and part 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.

Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
NUR522 Renal Pathophysiology and PharmacologyCONUR521 Advanced Renal Care 2CO
NUR520 Advanced Renal Care 1CONUR523 End of life careCO
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable PopulationsCONUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment ModalitiesCO
HEA541 Culture in PracticeCOHEA503 Fostering Curiosity for CareCO

Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
NUR522 Renal Pathophysiology and PharmacologyCONUR521 Advanced Renal Care 2CO
NUR520 Advanced Renal Care 1COHEA503 Fostering Curiosity for CareCO
Year 2
HEA518 Working with Vulnerable PopulationsCONUR523 End of life careCO
HEA541 Culture in PracticeCONUR516 Critical Evaluation of Treatment ModalitiesCO

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Applicants are required to:

  • hold current registration as a registered nurse (Division 1) or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • be currently employed in a renal related area and have worked in this field for at least 1 year at 0.4FTE, approximately 16 hours per week.
  • provide details of their employment in this field which should be completed at the time of submitting their application.

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:


The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

Nikki Govan

Course details


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?
Graduate Diploma of Renal Care
College of Nursing and Midwifery
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: 8946 7766 or 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 is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


UAC Code
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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