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Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Study Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing and enhance your skills in leadership and mentoring.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Locations

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses by 2026, there is strong demand for nurses to take on leadership and mentoring roles in this vital sector. As a registered nurse, Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing will prepare you to meet that demand, providing a pathway to expand on your advanced practice knowledge and improve healthcare delivery in your workplace

You will study at one of Australia’s largest and most established nursing schools. Ranked 20th in the world,^ the School’s cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard#. Our strong industry connections, mean you will be guided by experts in nursing as you explore the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework in which the care of patients takes place.

Are you ready to take on a leadership role as the next step in your nursing career?

Open the door to senior roles in nursing with the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing. This course enables you to gain a varied understanding of advanced nursing practice, without narrowing your focus to a particular specialty area. In addition to two core units, you can select six elective units tailored to your interests and career goals.

Core units will expand your professional judgement by exploring ethical practices in the workplace, as well as the policies and frameworks which govern patient care. You can then choose your electives from complementary areas of health practice related to your interests, or undertake studies preparing you for roles in education, leadership or management.

You will be challenged to become a leader in evidence-based practice, and a change agent to improve the quality of nursing care and patient outcomes.

Designed for postgraduate nursing students, our innovative online program delivers a rich, interactive and empowering learning experience that will encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Australia’s top-rated tech support and access to our expert teaching staff allow you to study flexibly around your work and other commitments, without compromising quality or support.

Graduates are prepared to handle the contemporary challenges nurses may face with a course that responds to industry trends and demands. You will also learn how to make a difference through roles in areas such as practice, education, leadership and research.

*2021 Employment Outlook – for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission.
^2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
#Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
H675
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing, students must attain a total of 8 credit points. Student must complete 2 core (compulsory) units and 6 electives, of which 4 must be course electives. The remaining electives must be postgraduate electives from anywhere in the university.

Students are encouraged to select units on interest and/or relevance to your clinical practice.

All commencing Faculty of Health course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Core Units:

  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Course Electives

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning
  • Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments
  • Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Quality and Safety in Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Medication Management
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Workload

    As an online student 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. Refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, and
    • Registration as a registered nurse with relevant statutory registration/licensing body with no conditions or restrictions and
    • Applicants must have 12 months clinical experience as a registered nurse

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, the type of fee place you hold, your commencement year and your study load. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website or our handy Fee estimator to help estimate your tuition fees. 

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing, students have the option to further their studies by articulating into the below course:

    H777 Master of Advanced Nursing

    Alternative exits

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses and 23.1% for nurse managers by 2026,* there is an industry demand for nurses who can lead and mentor teams within healthcare settings. Whether you are pursuing a senior position in nursing or want to be a leading voice in nurse education, this course will prepare you for each role.

    Depending on the units you have completed, your expertise will allow you to pursue a range of roles including:

    • clinical nurse educator
    • clinical nurse specialist
    • associate or unit manager
    • research roles

    *2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission. 

     

    Professional recognition

    Nurses employed under the Victorian public hospital award receive a higher duties allowance.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate advanced nursing practice commensurate with nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced communication skills to ensure the delivery of quality, safe nursing care.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant healthcare information to individuals, groups and/or the multidisciplinary team.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and evaluate complex data from multiple sources to inform evidence-based decision making.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to routine and complex problems to optimise health outcomes.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection and personal autonomy.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain inclusive, collaborative professional relationships.

    Global Citizenship

    Display accountability for, and sound professional judgement in behaviours that uphold ethical principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.