Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

RMIT University

Program Description

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

RMIT University

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

This program prepares you for being a mental health nurse. You’ll study advanced individual and group counselling, mental health treatment, contemporary nursing issues and research.

RMIT Nursing and Midwifery is one of the oldest providers of nursing education in Australia and sits at the forefront of nursing education and research.

Program structure

This program consists of 96 credit points - 8 courses of 12 credit points each.

Here’s what students currently study:

Semester 1

  • Advanced Counselling Skills for Individuals and Groups Communication and Counselling
  • Mental Illness and Treatment
  • Elective.

Semester 2

  • Assessment Analysis in Mental Health Nursing
  • Professional Development in Health Practice
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery Contemporary Issues in Nursing and Health Care.

Program entry requirements

Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing.


Minimum 1 year of nursing experience within the last 5 years (840 hours supervised clinical practice in the field of Mental Health). Hold current registration (or be eligible for registration) as a Nurse in Division 1 or 3 of the Nurses & Midwifery Board of Victoria register; 2) Be a practising professional in the area of specialty practice throughout the period of the program (where applicable).

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
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Jan. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Victoria
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