Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing)

Campus Teaching Hospitals
Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD029
CRICOS 022511F

Advance your career in acute care

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They help treat patients in all sorts of medical 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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3GD029
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry Applicants must: 1. be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand, and 2. hold a degree of Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent; and have at least two years experience as a registered nurse 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.
    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
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD029

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 022511F
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge 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 Requirements
    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 or have at least 2 years experience as a Registered Nurse in the field of specialisation to be undertaken.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Within 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

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,575

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    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 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 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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Researcher, Clinical Nurse Consultant

  • 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 7105
    Acute Care Nursing I

    NURSING 7113
    Recognition &
    Response to
    Clinical  Deterioration

    NURSING 7102OL
    Research Literacy
    S2 NURSING 7106
    Acute Care Nursing II
    NURSING 7100OL
    Knowledge Translation
    NURSING 7101OL
    Professional Practice
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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018