Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) Mid-Year Entry
Advance your career in acute care
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 in medical, surgical and high acuity areas who want to build their acute care competencies for senior positions. 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?
Our Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) has a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient. You will:
- work through six courses, three with an acute care focus
- explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership and cultural competence
- consider current theories, debates and issues in acute 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.
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 those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3GD029 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Additional Entry RequirementsWithin 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 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.SATAC Code: 3GD029
CRICOS 022511F Intake February
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 IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 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 RequirementsWithin ten days of submitting a formal applications, candidates 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
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $3,950
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $33,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessGraduates are prepared for careers in a variety of settings from clinical to community, rural, acute care and other non-clinical areas. The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) provides graduates with a rigorous grounding in acute care and competencies required to take on a senior position working within Acute Care.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nurse Researcher, Clinical Nurse Consultant
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1
Acute Care Nursing I
S2 NURSING 7106
Acute Care Nursing II
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Last updated: Friday, 7 May 2021