Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Oncology Nursing)

Advance your career in oncology nursing 

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They care for patients in a range of settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion and humour.

This specialisation is suited to nurses currently practising oncology nursing who want to build their competencies for senior positions in the area. It’s focused on best practices for supporting cancer patients and their families and friends. Courses are delivered online with only one two-day campus workshop per semester, so the program is ideal for rural or remote nurses.

What will you do?

You’ll consolidate and build on essential knowledge as you:

  • work through six courses, three with an oncology focus
  • explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership and cultural competence
  • consider current theories, debates and issues in cancer care
  • build skills for research and evidence-based practice.

A generic Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is also available for nurses without the required speciality experience.

*These specialisation courses are offered in EVEN years only. Students should enrol into Core Courses in ODD years and the specialisation courses in even years as instructed by the Study Plan.

Our Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is a highly flexible online degree. It’s well suited to registered rural or remote nurses, and those not yet working in a specialty. The degree is structured to include face-to-face sessions in order to meet requirements for international students.




Note:
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD040
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/gdnurssci/application.html
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Applicants must:
1. Have a completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent.
2. Have at least one year experience as a registered nurse in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken.
3. Be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand.
4. Be employed at a minimum of 0.64 FTE in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken.

All applicants must ensure they correctly answer the question relating to Nursing current practising certificate when applying via SATAC. SATAC will attempt to confirm their registration on the online register of the relevant Nurses Board but if SATAC is unable to do so, applicants will be asked to submit a certified copy of their certificate.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD040

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $3,950

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of settings from clinical to community, rural, acute care and other non-clinical areas.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

 

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Year1S1 NURSING 7140
Haematology/Oncology Nursing Practice
NURSING 7138
Haematology/Oncology Nursing I
S2 NURSING 7100OL
Knowledge Translation
NURSING 7139
Haematology/Oncology Nursing II
Year2S1 NURSING 7102OL
Research Literacy
S2 NURSING 7101OL
Professional Practice

Testimonial

On first placement I needed to use my training and the University's simulations to assist a stoke patient, I was confident in my abilities and the patient survived.

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Last updated: Friday, 30 Jul 2021