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Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation – Paediatric Nursing)

Course Summary

  • Course Code : GDNP
  • Award Titles : Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation - Paediatric Nursing)
  • AQF Level : 8
  • Accreditation : TEQSA
  • Duration : 1 Year
  • Course delivery : Structured online delivery with weekly activities and webinars
  • Availability : Domestic and offshore.


The aims of phase 1 of the course are to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills in the principles of practice in paediatric nursing;
  • Promote the team concept in meeting children/adolescents’ specific needs in the acute, chronic or rehabilitation phases of illness and or/disability;
  • Increase and enhance an awareness of the importance of the family unit in paediatric nursing;
  • Provide graduate nurses with educational opportunities specific to the role of the paediatric nurse, thereby facilitating their professional growth and development;
  • Increase the awareness of providing accuracy and quality of nursing decisions;
  • Develop competence and skills in research and evidence-based practice in paediatric nursing;
  • Develop skills to investigate, challenge and improve current practice in paediatric nursing;
  • Develop knowledge of contemporary theories that inform practice;
  • Provide knowledge related to the social and political dynamics within current health care environment;
  • Provide skills to adapt to the changing needs within the health care environment including its political processes that facilitate institutional and social change;
  • Provide skills to engage in collaborative relationships with agencies and other health care professions nationally as well as to acquire up to date knowledge and skills in paediatric nursing practice through the exploration of a range of research of best practices; and
  • Provide leadership and management theories and skills related to senior nursing role and responsibilities such as day to day running of a paediatric ward or environment including the needs of the community and mentoring of the newly qualified graduates.

Inquiries and Applications

Call 1800 763 757 or email

Admission Requirements

  • Registered nurse with nursing board in Australia or home country
  • Working in Paediatric ward preferred

Units of Study

Phase 1
Paediatric Nursing Knowledge 1 PCPN3981
Paediatric Nursing Knowledge 2 PCPN3982
Clinical Project PCPN3983
Research in Nursing PCPN3984
Phase 2*
Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Specialisations PCPN3985
Clinical Leadership and Management in Nursing and Specialisations PCPN3986
Professional Issues and Policies in Nursing and Specialisations PCPN3987
ePortfolio PCPN3988

*To receive the award, students must complete all units in both phases of the course. Students who complete only phase 1 will receive a certificate of completion and an academic transcript of results


AUD $10,000
(Two semester program, delivered online from Australia)

**Students have the option to exit after one semester with Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Pediatrics)


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 Start Dates

Online Delivery

Oct 1, 2018


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