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GDN – Graduate Diploma in Nursing

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Quick Facts

  • AQF Level:

  • Delivery Mode:

  • Tuition Fee:
    AUD $19,750.00

  • Units:

  • Course duration:
    52 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code:

Course Overview

  • Award Titles: Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • Accreditation: TEQSA
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Campus: Sydney , Perth and Melbourne
  • Nested Course: Graduate Certificate in Nursing
  • Availability: Available to overseas (CRICOS)* applicants
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)


The Graduate Diploma in Nursing is directed towards nurses with high levels of expertise and responsibility, and who have positions of leadership in the provision of responsive nursing care for individuals and families.. It includes an 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. The course provides an environment conducive to critical inquiry, testing of ideas and the generation and expansion of knowledge. This includes the development of leadership capability and an increased awareness of research skills.

IHM considers you to be an ‘International’ student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia; not a citizen of New Zealand; or not a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

* This course does not lead to direct registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia

Course Details

Benefits to Nurses

  • This program offers a pathway for Registered Nurses with a Diploma of Nursing qualification to gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • It is now offered completely online; you can continue working while you study
  • Global recognition; accredited to TEQSA and accepted in most of the countries worldwide especially in the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand etc.
  • 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.

Nested Course Structure

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 a single full-time study period. 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.


Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing, students can progress towards a Master of Nursing.

The Institute of Health & 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.

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The Institute of Health & 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 delivered by University of Wollongong.

Students will have a direct entry into 2nd Year of Master of Nursing with a choice of major in Leadership, Person-Centred Practice, Dementia Care & Primary Healthcare.

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We are pleased to inform that Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM). Under the Memorandum of Agreement, IHM graduates will receive credit towards UCAM’s Master in Advanced Nursing if they have successfully completed the requisite units at IHM.

These two prestigious institutions have their heritage in nursing and midwifery and are committed to improving the practice and skills of international nursing professionals.

  • Eligible IHM Graduates can apply for Credit Transfer to receive the UCAM Master in Advanced Nursing
  • IHM will confer its award, Graduate Diploma of Nursing (GDN), separate to and distinct from Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM)’s Master in Advanced Nursing. We do not provide a dual badging because IHM’s courses will remain aligned to the AQF and will continue to be subject to TEQSA accreditation. Similarly, UCAM’s course and accreditation status will be subject to the EQF and all its associated regulatory requirements

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the GDN course (face to face) as an International applicant (CRICOS) must:

  • Be an International graduate nurse who has completed three year of Nursing/ Bachelor of Nursing / Diploma of Nursing and be a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Board from their country of origin or practice
  • Have one year of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Attend an interview with IHM academic staff
  • Possess an IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE ; or entry from English for Academic Purpose (EAP) courses with an overall final grade of 70%

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

English Language Tests Equivalence Table

Test Test Score Band
IELTS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL IBT 32 53 62 73 85 96 105 112 117 120
PTE Academic 30 44 46 54 62 68 76 79 84 88
OET N/A N/A Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

What are the career opportunities?

Leadership positions such as:

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Staff development Nurse

Clinical Nurse

Nurse Educator

Associate Nurse Unit Manager

Course Units

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing consists of 8 units divided into 2 phases.

Semester 1

UoS Code

Title of UoS

Credit Points

Semester 2

UoS Code

Title of UoS

Credit Points

GDN3985 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Specialisations
GDN3986 Clinical Leadership and management in Nursing and Specialisations
GDN3987 Professional issues and policies in Nursing and Specialisations
GDN3988 E- Portfolio

This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concept of advanced nursing practice and the role of the nurse in this area. In addition, the components for a model of advanced nursing practice and specialised practices will be discussed.

Selected models of advanced nursing practice including Benner’s model of expert practice will be examined with reference to students’ clinical experience or work practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments, Presentations and Multiple Choice Tests.

This unit aims to build on students’ knowledge and understanding of critical events across the lifespan and their effects on individuals and families. The content will include further understanding of acute, chronic, psychosocial, mental, rehabilitation, aged and community nursing care, principles and management of clients with consideration to an etiological, environmental, demographic and lifestyle factors, nutritional, microbiological involvement and psychosocial factors.

Pharmacological knowledge and pathophysiological manifestations and, where relevant, factors influencing morbidity and mortality are examined. Documentation forms including current documenting systems will be discussed. In addition, clinical skills are reinforced using simulated case scenarios.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to be working for a minimum of 3 days per week in a nursing setting as this will enable them to integrate the knowledge learned in this course to work practice. However, to further enhance students’ ability to integrate theory into work practice, including the development of skills and level of decision-making expected of a nurse, this unit of study provides students with the autonomy to define and pursue specific clinical practice experiences.

Such experiences will provide for synthesis and application of knowledge via observation of and participation in clinical activities.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Online Assignments.

This unit aims to provide students with research knowledge and skills required to conduct research projects appropriate to their current professional practice. It will further enhance students’ knowledge and skills in nursing research paradigms and identify the significance of research findings to nursing practice. The topics that will be included are: review of research methodologies; ethical considerations; examination and analysis of the research process; sampling techniques in qualitative and quantitative methodologies; analysis of research data; interpreting and critiquing reports; and developing a research proposal.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

The aims of the unit are to define the protocols for evidence-based research; introduce students to the process of conducting evidence-based research; and utilise evidence-based research to guide nursing practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of clinical leadership and management specific to the challenges faced by nurses working in various clinical environments. The unit will provide students with an overview of the impact of social, political and economic processes on the Australian Health care system. Students will also be given the opportunity to explore and evaluate the full potentials of the role of a clinical leader in specialist clinical organisations, including promoting and maintaining excellence in specialised care. It also aims to enable the student to critically examine the components of clinical leadership and management that can be applicable in Nursing and Specialisation practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

This unit provides the students with the opportunity to explore the inter-relationship between nursing practice, health policy, and a range of social, technological, environmental, cultural, economic and political issues that influence health and health care practice.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests.

This unit aims to foster career building, personal and professional development and critical reflection. ePortfolios are a new and exciting concept that are being adopted by higher education institutions throughout Australia and have already gained widespread acceptance overseas. Developing an ePortfolio will enable students to present evidence of their academic and professional achievements during the undertaking of this course. Students will gain a better understanding by reflecting on their own abilities, academic achievements and their identity as both a healthcare professional and a scholar.

Assessment Modes : Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Tests and Online Assignments.

Course Start Dates

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Sydney (Wentworth St)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 5, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021

Fees and charges

Tuition Fee : AUD $19,750.00
Administration (Non-Tuition) 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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