Graduate Diploma in Nursing

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  • Course Code : GDN
  • Award Titles : Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • AQF Level : 8
  • Accreditation : TEQSA
  • Course Delivery : Online
  • Duration : 1 Year Full Time OR 2 Years Part Time
  • Nested Course : Graduate Certificate in Nursing
  • Registration : Internationally qualified nurses with an initial qualification at AQF 5 level and a subsequent nursing qualification comparable to AQF 8 level may be eligible for referral to a bridging program. This decision rests with the NMBA and is dependent on the individual applying, providing all the correctly certified required information and meeting the Registration Standards such as English language and recency of practice.


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 post graduate 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 Registered Nurses with Diploma of Nursing qualification to gain a Postgraduate qualification
  • IELTS requirement of overall 6.5 only; nurses who do not meet this criterion can write an essay for admission
  • Now offered completely online; 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

Units of Study

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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 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.


Inquiries and Applications

Call 1800 763 757 (Toll Free) or Click here.

  • Student support is available at our offices:
    • Sydney
    • Melbourne
    • Perth
    • Cochin

Admission Requirements

  • 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. English language proficiency is key to demonstrating this and can be demonstrated either through the writing of a short essay or by supplying evidence of formal English language testing credentials.

    • Be a Registered Nurse in Australia or country of origin.
    • Work experience in the area of nursing preferred.
  • 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.

Third party service providers overseas

The following organizations work with Institute of Health and Management to provide the following:

  • Student marketing, recruitment and admissions
  • Provision of student support services

Course Start Dates

Dec 04, 2017
Jan 08, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
Mar 05, 2018
Apr 02, 2018
May 07, 2018
Jun 04, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Aug 06, 2018
Sep 03, 2018
Oct 01, 2018
Nov 05, 2018
Dec 03, 2018


AUD $10000.00

Payment plans available.

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