Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice
  • Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH675
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

This course is an exit point from H771 Master of Nursing Practice

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice is designed to prepare nurses to meet complex and contemporary challenges in the field of nursing. The program provides a course of study that extends students' knowledge of nursing without mandating that they narrow their focus to specialise in one particular traditional specialty.

Indicative student workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate ethical, safe, high quality proficient clinical decision making  within an interdisciplinary team and psychomotor skills commensurate with general or specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practices and person or client-centred care


Demonstrate proficient verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe general or specialised nursing care to patients/ clients.

Digital Literacy

Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate the ability to proficiently evaluate, synthesise and disseminate the information to members of the interdisciplinary health team, and general or specialised patients/clients in an ethical and professional manner.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, synthesising, analysing and critically evaluating complex data from multiple sources (e.g. healthcare team members, patients, digital technologies) to inform decision making in general or specialist areas that delivers safe, high quality nursing care in order to promote optimal patient/client outcomes.

Problem Solving

Proficiently apply specialised and advanced nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in general and specialised settings to achieve optimal patient/client outcomes.


Demonstrate personal autonomy, leadership, advanced clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as general or specialised nurse.


Establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships demonstrating professionalism, proficiency, highly developed communication skills, leadership, responsibility and accountability to the interdisciplinary team, patients/clients and carers.

Global Citizenship

Display behaviours, accountability and advanced professional judgement that upholds ethical and legal principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.


Course rules

The Graduate Diploma comprises 8 credit points of study, subject to the approval of the course coordinator. At least 6 of the 8 credit points must be level 7 nursing units. They may be selected from the list of nursing electives below. Up to 2 of the 8 credit points may be selected from approved units from any postgraduate course at Deakin.

Course structure

Elective units

Each unit is worth 1 credit point, unless otherwise specified. Offering is subject to demand and resources.

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine *

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

HNN714Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management

 *Note: HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February