Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing)

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.



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

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.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD029
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD029

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

Scholarships

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

Find a Scholarship.

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.



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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

Nurse, Nurse Manager, 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

Testimonial

The Masters of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) has given me the knowledge and experience to feel confident going forward in my career as a Psychologist. The hands-on nature of the program has allowed me to build and develop my skills in all areas of organisational psychology; such as delivering psychological services in the workplace, managing workplace change and developing mental health and wellbeing initiatives.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021