Prior to 31 December 2015

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing is a 36-unit course offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Nursing and the Master of Nursing. The sequentially developed topics enable progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed a graduate certificate are normally awarded up to 18 units of credit towards the graduate diploma.

The Clinical Nursing specialisation will be identified on the student's transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate nursing degree or equivalent qualification and be registered general nurses and holding a current practising certificate.

However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Applicants for the Clinical Nursing specialisation must also have completed a recognised Graduate Nurse Program within the last three years. International applicants must be currently registered in their country of residence. The specialisation will not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in clinical nursing and to extend their general theoretical preparation in nursing knowledge and research .  

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this stream are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate leadership skills in the area of advanced communication and nursing practice
  • apply skills in clinical reasoning and judgement, prioritisation and decision making
  • provide leadership and exert a positive influence on the health of the community and workplace
  • eEvaluate their own communication practice and leadership using reflective and critical thinking processes
  • influence and improve the nature and quality of practice through positive and effective communication
  • work independently in their nursing practice at the organisational unit level and in the area of clinical or community speciality
  • practise collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team in a culturally safe manner, valuing ethical behaviour and connecting across boundaries

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Clinical Nursing), a student must complete 36 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

A student who fails the clinical component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for the entire topic.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within three consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice;
  • a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;

the program must be completed full-time in two consecutive semesters or part-time in six consecutive semesters. 

Core topics

18 units comprising:

 NURS9120  Evidence-based Clinical Practice  (4.5 units)
 NURS9125  Population Health  (4.5 units)
 NURS9126  Leadership in Health Studies  (4.5 units)
 NURS9621  Epidemiology for Nurses and Midwives  (4.5 units)

Clinical Nursing topics

18 units comprising:

 NURS9709  Advanced Nursing Assessment  (4.5 units)
 NURS9711  Advanced Communication  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units selected from:

 NURS8706  Contexts of Continence Across the Life Span (4.5 units)
 NURS8708  Continence Nursing – Evidence for Practice (4.5 units)
 NURS8709  Continence Nursing through a Primary Health Care Approach (4.5 units)
 NURS9518  Independent Study  (4.5 units)
 NURS9707  Policy and Political Context of Health and Ageing  (4.5 units)
 NURS9708  Social Context of Health and Ageing  (4.5 units)
 NURS9710  The 3 Ds Dementia, Delirium and Depression  (4.5 units)