Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Cardiac Nursing)

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    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    1 year full-time
    (or part-time equiv.)
  • Start Dates

    February and July
  • Location

    Teaching Hospitals

Note: this program is not available to international students


Advance your career in cardiac 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 cardiac nursing who want to build their competencies for senior positions in the area. You’ll graduate prepared to expertly assess and manage adult patients with acute and chronic cardiac conditions.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Cardiac Nursing) is delivered via a blend of online courses and face-to-face teaching on campus. You will:

  • work through six courses, three with a cardiovascular or critical care focus
  • explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership and cultural competence
  • consider current theories, debates and issues in cardiac 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.

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.


  • Adelaide Nursing School ranked 51-100 in the world*
  • 24% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Flexible online study

*QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023
^Imip.gov.au Occupation projection

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD032
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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/ua/media/2377/gdns-supervisor-cert.pdf Please note, the Supervisor Certification form requires the applicant's current Nursing Manager/Director to support their application and verify their employment.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 11 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,445

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Scholarships

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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 (Cardiac Nursing) provides graduates with a rigorous grounding in cardiac nursing and competencies required to take on a senior position working within a range of specialist cardiac settings.



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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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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
Year1 S1 NURSING 7102  Research Literacy NURSING 7118 Critical Care Essentials NURSING 7031 Foundations of Critical Care
S2 NURSING 7101 Professional Practice NURSING 7100  Knowledge Translation

NURSING 7151 Cardiovascular Care

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Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023