Graduate Diploma of Nursing

Graduate Diploma of Nursing

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing from James Cook University will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting.

Further develop your theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to apply advanced nursing concepts in a clinical environment. This course gives you the preparation you’ll need to shine at the next level in your career – advanced communication skills, data management skills, governance, knowledge, informatics, and the ability to design and implement evidence into practice.

Choosing between three majors, Leadership and Management, Education or Advanced Practice, you will learn how to lead and manage healthcare teams; develop complementary business-related skills in areas such as finance and budgeting, and acquire the skills needed to facilitate effective adult learning. 

The course is 100% online, allowing flexibility for career and family commitments and offering real-time support and engagement.

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
    Online
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    16 months part-time
  • Start date:
    6 intake dates each year – enquire now!
  • Awarded by:
    James Cook University Online
  • Location:
    Online
  • Career Outcomes:
    Nurse Unit Manager | Clinical Nurse Specialist | Clinical Nurse Consultant | Leadership & Management | Clinical Teacher | View All

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The Graduate Diploma of Nursing from James Cook University will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting.

Further develop your theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to apply advanced nursing concepts in a clinical environment. This course gives you the preparation you’ll need to shine at the next level in your career – advanced communication skills, data management skills, governance, knowledge, informatics, and the ability to design and implement evidence into practice.

Choosing between three majors, Leadership and Management, Education or Advanced Practice, you will learn how to lead and manage healthcare teams; develop complementary business-related skills in areas such as finance and budgeting, and acquire the skills needed to facilitate effective adult learning. 

The course is 100% online, allowing flexibility for career and family commitments and offering real-time support and engagement.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent qualification, and;
  • Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent registration with the relevant registering authority for applicants outside of Australia;
  • Completed a minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience, or the part-time equivalent, as a Registered Nurse.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:

Leadership and Management major

  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Business and Finance for the Health Manager
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare

Education major

  • Principles of Education for the Health Professional
  • Teaching in Practice Settings
  • Clinical Coaching
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Contemporary Healthcare Education
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare

Advanced Practice major

  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice
  • Applied Health Assessment and Advanced Practice
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Informatics for Health Professionals

Study when it suits you, receive personal academic support and make your CV shine with a qualification from an internationally recognised university.

With a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, we know the value of a world-class education: our students graduate to become leaders in their fields and their communities. What’s more, JCU has been awarded five stars for graduate job success for six years running by The Good
Universities Guide.

Through our postgraduate courses, we aim to empower professionals to have a positive impact and make their lives matter. Enrol and gain the skills to build your brighter future, today.

When you study with JCU Online, you can be sure that you will receive the best possible guidance and assistance to help you achieve your goals.

In addition to the academic and student networks you’ll develop, you will be introduced to your Student Success Advisor upon enrolment. They provide access to useful resources, dedicated
guidance and motivation throughout your study journey.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Nursing from James Cook University.

The core subjects will provide you with a well-rounded experience, with learning outcomes that focus on:

  • Clinical governance and how to apply this framework to contemporary issues in healthcare as well as your own workplace
  • Persuasive communication and how to apply a number of strategies across different healthcare settings
  • Contemporary trends in informatics in healthcare
  • Finding, appraising and utilising data and credible sources of health-related information

Graduates will be prepared to pursue advanced roles in nursing, such as leadership and management positions or further healthcare education facilitators. Graduates can also choose to continue their studies and complete a full Master of Nursing qualification.

Curious about where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

James Cook University also offers an upfront payment option.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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