Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Orthopaedic Nursing)
Campus Teaching Hospitals
Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD041
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science offers registered nurses the opportunity to extend their career in the specialisation area of their choice. The Orthopaedic Nursing specialisation is ideal for nurses who are currently practising orthopaedic nursing and wish to further develop their professional knowledge and understanding in this area.
Students are exposed to current theoretical knowledge and evidence-based clinical practice, and gain a professional understanding of current debates and issues in the area of specialisation. The diploma focuses on improving students’ ability to provide high level care for adult and paediatric patients with both chronic musculoskeletal disorders and conditions or traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.
Comprising seven courses, four of which have an orthopaedic nursing focus, the diploma can be undertaken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Courses are delivered online with only one two-day campus workshop per semester, ensuring the program is particularly suitable for rural or remote nurses.
Graduates have a rigorous grounding in orthopaedic care competencies and are prepared for senior positions working within orthopaedic care.
A generic Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is also available for nurses who do not have the required experience in a specialty setting.
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SATAC Code 3GD041 Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask AdelaideGraduate entry only
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 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.htmlSATAC Code: 3GD041
CRICOS 022511F Intake February and July
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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 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 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
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Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000
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.
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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
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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Academic Program Rules
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Example Study Plan
Part-time pathway. Please note that not all courses are offered each year, please contact the Adelaide Nursing School for more information.
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 NURSING 7141
Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing
Nursing Practice I
S2 NURSING 7143
of the Orthopaedic
Nursing Practice II
Year2 S1 NURSING 7102OL
S2 NURSING 7101OL
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017