• Course Duration: 16 months part-time*
  • Course Fees: $2,600 per subject. FEE-HELP is available.
  • Course Study Periods: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Oct
  • Course Subjects: 8
  • Majors: Leadership and Management, Education

*Duration depends on Recognition of Prior Learning

Course introduction

Ready to embrace advanced practice?

James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing 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 the nursing practice and optimize patient outcomes in a hospital setting.

Australia’s health system is changing to meet more demand than ever before.

Offering three majors, Leadership and Management, Education and Advanced Practice, you’ll learn specifics about leading and managing teams, develop skills in business-related areas, such as finance and budgeting, and build contemporary skills to facilitate effective adult learning. You’ll be prepared to help shape the way in which nurses practice and deliver patient care for the complex, fast-paced health environment of the future.

Our dynamic, 100% online course offers real-time and user-friendly engagement. It empowers you with the flexibility to study around your busy schedule – wherever and whenever suits you.

Extend your skills and expertise in your practice area, and open the door to a whole new world of career opportunities in nursing.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enroll in the online Graduate Diploma of Nursing, applicants must have:

  • 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.

What you will study

Through the online Graduate Diploma of Nursing, you’ll learn how to apply and adapt your advanced knowledge and skills in your specialty area of practice across a range of health settings.

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

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

Assessment

Assessment includes a combination of completed coursework, assignments and online examinations. Students receive regular feedback on their progress via online forums and individual consultations with academic staff.

The JCU Graduate Diploma of Nursing comprises subjects which also form part of the JCU Master of Nursing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have experienced learning either at work, through non-accredited training or from life that is relevant to this course, we may be able to offer you credit towards your qualification.

Personalised support for your success

We want you to achieve success. Our smart online learning environment, which uses video, audio, forums and practical sessions, is designed to support you throughout your course.

Our Student Success Advisors offer personalized, one-on-one support from the day you start right through to the day you graduate. You’ll have your own personal advisor for your entire study journey, encouraging you to stay focused on reaching your study aspirations. You’ll also be able to get in touch with your tutors when you have questions or need advice. At JCU Online, you’re always connected to the right assistance.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated July 4, 2019
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