Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Course Code : GDN Course Delivery : On Campus Not An International Student? Switch To The Domestic Course Page


Advanced nursing practice is directed towards a high degree of expertise as a nurse with greater levels of responsibilities, leadership in leading and providing responsive nursing care for individuals and families in general and specialised care, and increased understanding of the value of research and evidence-based practice. Further, the course is guided by the belief that postgraduate education builds upon undergraduate education and previous clinical experience, and therefore the education process of the course is committed to provide an environment of critical inquiry, testing of ideas, generation and expansion of knowledge including the development of leadership capability and increased awareness of research skills. The course has been designed to reflect these beliefs.

Benefits to Nurses

  • This program offers a pathway for Overseas Registered Nurses to gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • IELTS requirement of overall 6.5 only
  • Now offered on campus
  • On successful completion of GDN,nurses can undertake a Master of Nursing with up to one year credit
  • GDN degree holders can choose to become nurse educators, coordinators,managers and achieve other senior positions.


Students may choose to exit midway through the course, in which case they may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Nursing, consisting of four units of study over one study period full time or, for non CRICOS students, two study periods part time.

Students who have already completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, subject to credit transfer and recognition of prior learning procedures.


The Institute of Health and Management (IHM) has an Articulation Agreement for students of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (GDN) to the 2nd Year of the Master of Nursing Studies (International) (MNST) delivered by Australia’s Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Students will enrol in the 2nd Year MNST, an AQF Level 9, and complete 4 Units (60 credit points) over 2 Semesters. MNST may be undertaken On-Campus at either CDU’s Casuarina Darwin or Sydney CBD.

Master of Nursing Studies (International)

MNST is designed to extend knowledge gained through clinical practice, develop beginning research skills and advance discipline-specific theoretical knowledge in Nursing. Students will be Nurses in their country of origin and have clinical experience to apply this learning to contexts specific to their area of practice in Nursing.

MNST is a coursework qualification which does not lead to registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia.

Stay back options may be available for eligible students.


Students can enter postgraduate courses provided that they are registered nurses, either in Australia or another country, and are able to demonstrate that they have the ability to successfully complete the course they intend to enter. Minimum IELTS score of overall 6.5 or equivalent is mandatory.

  • Be a Registered Nurse in Australia or country of origin.
  • Work experience of one year required, preferably in the chosen area of nursing specialisation.

Applications will be accessed on a case by case basis by course coordinator in accordance with the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedures for Course delivered to Overseas Students. Candidates with lower scores encouraged to apply.


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Units of Study

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  • Tuition Fee : AUD $19,750.00
  • Administration Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Payment plans available.

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

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Course Summary

  • Award Titles: Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • AQF Level: 8
  • Accreditation: TEQSA
  • Duration: 1 Year Full Time
  • Campus: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne CBD and North Melbourne
  • Availability: Available to overseas (CRICOS)* applicants
  • CRICOS Course Code: 086271K
  • Nested Course: Graduate Certificate in Nursing


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