Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing)
Advance your career in orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic nursing who want to build their competencies for senior positions in the area. It’s focused on best practices for supporting patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders and conditions or traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.
What will you do?
This program is delivered online with only one two-day campus workshop per semester. It’s ideal for rural or remote nurses.You’ll consolidate and build on essential knowledge as you:
- work through six courses, four with an orthopaedic nursing focus
- explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership and cultural competence
- consider current theories, debates and issues in orthopaedic nursing
- 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.
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.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 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 a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
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information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:
Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current AHPRA registration certificate
Completed Supervisor Certification form
(This form can be downloaded and printed from the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/system/files/media/documents/2021-07/GDNS_SupervisorCert%5B4%5D.pdf)
Please note, the Supervisor Certification form requires the applicant’s current Nursing Manager/Director to support their application and verify their employment.
|Higher Education Study||Applicants must:
1. have a completed Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent, and have at least one years' experience as a registered nurse in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken, and
2. be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand and be employed at a minimum of 0.64 FTE in the field of specialisation.
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Registered (or eligible for registration as a Nurse) in Australia or New Zealand and hold a degree of the Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and have at least one year experience as a Registered Nurse in the field of specialisation to be undertaken.|
Additional Entry Requirements
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $35,000|
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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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Researcher
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing
Nursing Practice I
of the Orthopaedic
Nursing Practice II
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021