The Graduate Diploma in Nursing, GDN in short, is an advanced learning program that is specifically designed for Registered nurses, either in Australia or overseas, to enable them to enhance their nursing knowledge and skills in a specialist setting. Students who have completed a Registered Nurse course and currently hold a Bachelor of Nursing, or an equivalent, are eligible to apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing program, if all the program requirements are met.
This course of studies is directed towards a high degree of nursing expertise. It requires greater levels of responsibility and leadership qualities in providing responsive nursing care, and nurses must understand the value of research and evidence-based practice. The education provided builds upon the candidate’s undergraduate education and previous clinical experience.
What are the fields of specialisation?
Students can select from six fields of study for specialisation, and the course content provides an environment that is conducive to the testing of ideas, critical inquiry and expansion of knowledge in their chosen specialty. These specialisation streams include Advanced Practice Nursing, Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, Rural and Remote Nursing, Primary Healthcare Nursing, Chronic Disease and Palliative Care and Children and Young People’s Health. Not all the streams are offered to international students. For each stream, there are 16 units of study in the Graduate Diploma program including the courses that make up the Graduate Certificate, two core courses, four field-specific courses and two electives. You should pick the stream in which you have a special interest and some previous experience.
What are the visa requirements for international students?
International students who wish to undertake this program in Australia must hold an alternative Australian Visa/Residency status with a sufficient study entitlement. They will not qualify for a student visa. They must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency in order to establish that they will be able to successfully complete the course they intend to enter. This can be demonstrated either through the writing of an essay or by submitting evidence of English language testing credentials, such as an IELTS score of overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; and listening 7. Candidates with lower scores are also encouraged to apply, as applications will be determined on a case to case basis.
Is there any minimum experience requirement?
To apply, candidates must have gained recent and relevant clinical experience as a registered nurse for at least 12 months. This experience should preferably be in the field of nursing that is chosen as a specialty.
What is the course duration?
The duration of the course is 1 year if undertaken full time, or 2 years if undertaken part time. Note that students may choose to exit midway through the course and graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing. Subsequently they can gain advanced standing toward completing the Graduate Diploma in Nursing.