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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing

2018

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Location
Satac Codes
Online
1GD019
1GD519
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

GDCN

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

As a Registered Nurse, this course will build upon your current skills and knowledge to enable you to work in a speciality area of clinical nursing, including;

  • acute care
  • cancer
  • chronic conditions
  • emergency
  • intensive care
  • mental health
  • orthopaedics
  • paediatrics
  • perioperative
  • renal.

You will also focus on cultural awareness in the health practice context and build on existing knowledge and understanding of nursing practice, assessment and evidence-based practice.

In the increasingly complex and challenging world of health care, this course provides an opportunity to enhance your existing clinical knowledge and build capacity to move into further study and research. The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills in clinical practice and intellectual engagement through critical analysis and reflection relevant to nursing practice and education.

All applicants must select a preferred clinical speciality from the list of options available.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in healthcare areas including renal, chronic conditions, peri-operative, emergency nursing, ICU, acute care, paediatrics, orthopaedics, mental health and cancer nursing.

Credit transfers & 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

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. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

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, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

International full fees

See the Office of International Services for details on International Course Fees: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.
 

  • 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.

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)

Course structure

This course consists of core units and specialty sequences. Both the content and the assessment strategies used in the course ensure that students are able to develop their clinical experience and professional practice. The emphasis of the program is cross-cultural clinical practice: building competence, increasing specialty knowledge, applying culturally appropriate clinical skills, teaching and managing in the clinical setting.

Students successfully completing the 40 credit points of required core units from the Graduate Certificate in the areas of evidence practice, health assessment and clinical specialisation 1 and 2 can, if they wish, exit with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing upon meeting to course requirements of the Graduate Certificate.

This course articulates into the Master of Clinical Nursing for those students that wish to further their studies upon completing the Graduate Diploma.

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

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
60
Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.

HEA541 Culture in Practice (recoded from HEA401 2016)
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402 2016)
HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1 (recoded from HEA420 2016)
HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2 (recoded from HEA440 2016)
HEA565 Clinical Specialisation 3 (recoded from HEA450 2016)
HEA567 Pharmacology for Health Professionals (recoded from SNP402 2016)
 

Specialist Elective
(2 units)
20

Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

Paediatric Stream

Students in this stream must adhere to the study plan and complete
HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)  plus one other Specialist Elective from the list below:

EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408 2016)
HEA562 Practice Evaluation Strategies (recoded from HEA409 2016)
HEA568 Transplantation (recoded from SNP408 2016)
HEA569 Independent Study (recoded from SNP410 2016)
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods

Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics or Perioperative Stream

Students in this stream must adhere to the study plan and complete
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context  (recoded from HEA408 2016)

plus one other Specialist Elective from the list below:

EMG505 Research Methodologies in Global Learning
HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)
HEA562 Practice Evaluation Strategies (recoded from HEA409 2016)
HEA568 Transplantation (recoded from SNP408 2016)
HEA569 Independent Study (recoded from SNP410 2016)
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods

Renal Stream 

Students in this sequence must adhere to the study plan and complete the 2 units below:

HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context (recoded from HEA408 2016)
HEA568 Transplantation (recoded from SNP408 2016)
 

Electives
(0 unit)
0
There are no elective units.
 
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.

Unit Code Changes - 2016

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
HEA401 HEA541 Culture in Practice
HEA402 HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
HEA441 HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge Practice 1
HEA408 HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
HEA409 HEA562 Practice Evaluation Strategies
HEA420 HEA563 Clinical Specialisation 1
HEA440 HEA564 Clinical Specialisation 2
HEA450 HEA565 Clinical Specialisation 3
SNP402 HEA567 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
SNP408 HEA568 Transplantation
SNP410 HEA569 Independent Study

2015 Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements

Clinical Nursing specialty streams available in 2015 include:

Acute Care
Cancer
Chronic Conditions
Emergency
Intensive Care
Mental Health
Orthopaedics
Paediatrics
Perioperative
Renal

Students who have completed HEA408 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context will receive 10cp towards either specialist elective.

From 2015, HEA420, HEA440 and HEA450 have five (5) more streams added – emergency, intensive care, paediatrics, mental health and orthopaedics.

Please refer to the School of Health page for more information on transitional arrangements.

Study plan

The following are the study plans for the various clinical streams (Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Perioperative, and Renal) offered in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing.

Please note:

  • Core units are the same for every sequence
  • Specialist electives vary and are prescribed for each sequence
  • Electives can be selected from Specialist Electives not already completed

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. As study plans vary depending on the Specialist Sequence and Clinical Nursing specialty being undertaken students should refer to the specific study plan prepared for their area of speciality.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

Clinical Nursing Streams (Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics and Perioperative) - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO Specialist Elective SE


Paediatrics Stream - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO Specialist Elective SE

 Renal Stream - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation (elective) SE

Clinical Nursing Streams (Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics and Perioperative) - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO Specialist Elective SE

 

Paediatrics Stream - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 SE HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO

Specialist Elective

SE

Renal Stream - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE


Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. As study plans vary depending on the Specialist Sequence and Clinical Nursing specialty being undertaken students should refer to the specific study plan prepared for their area of speciality.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

Clinical Nursing Streams (Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics and Perioperative) - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO    
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE    
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

Paediatrics Stream - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO    
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 SE    
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Specialist Elective  SE    

Renal Stream - FULL-TIME - SEMESTER 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
    HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO    
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE    
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical specialisation 2 CO    
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical specialisation 3 CO    

Clinical Nursing Streams (Acute Care, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Orthopaedics and Perioperative) - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 2
 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context SE HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

Paediatrics Stream - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 SE HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 CO
Year 3
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
Specialist Elective SE    


Renal Stream - PART-TIME - SEMESTER 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA567 (recoded from SNP402) Pharmacology for Health Professionals CO
    HEA563 (recoded from HEA420) Clinical Specialisation 1 CO
Year 2
HEA561 (recoded from HEA408) Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA564 (recoded from HEA440) Clinical Specialisation 2 SE HEA568 (recoded from SNP408) Transplantation SE
Year 3
HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 CO    
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO    

 

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