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Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing

Postgraduate coursework

Study Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing and graduate ready to take on a senior role within a range of specialist cardiac settings.

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

2 years part-time

Note: this course is only available part-time

Locations

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Cardiovascular diseases cause 27% of deaths in Australia.* As a registered nurse, Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing will equip you with the analytical, practical, communication and leadership skills needed to perform a senior role in a multidisciplinary health team across a range of specialist cardiac settings.

Study with one of Australia’s largest and most established nursing schools, ranked 20th in the world for nursing courses.^ Your learning will be informed by the latest trends in cardiac nursing practice and cutting-edge research, which is recognised as well above world standard.# Our strong industry connections mean you will be guided by experts in cardiac care nursing as you explore the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework around cardiac nursing and interventional cardiology.

Are you ready for a senior position in cardiac care?

If you want to take the next step in your nursing career, our Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing will prepare you to become a leader and practise effectively at an advanced practice level in cardiac care settings. As a graduate you will demonstrate ethical, safe, high-quality, expert clinical decision-making abilities within an interdisciplinary team, and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialised theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

As a student of Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing you will be challenged to advance your professional judgement by exploring the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework around cardiac nursing and interventional cardiology.

Second year elective units allow you to pursue your specific areas of interest and career goals. You can choose from complementary areas of practice to your specialisation, or undertake studies preparing you for roles in education, leadership or management. You will also have the opportunity to select a unit from anywhere across the university, further expanding your skill set.

Deakin’s strong industry connections ensure a high level of collaboration and support during your clinical practice. This means that while you study you can immerse yourself in your specialty practice area with one of our numerous metropolitan, rural and regional health partners across Australia.

Our innovative online program delivers a rich, interactive and empowering learning experience designed for postgraduate nurses. Live-streaming seminars and class discussions will encourage critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills. Australia’s top-rated tech support and access to our expert teaching staff means you can learn at your own pace, when and where it suits you, without compromising quality or support.

This course enables you to:

  • evaluate and intervene in response to complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources
  • develop an advanced understanding of normal physiology, and the pathophysiology of illness and injury of critically ill patients
  • perform focused, systematic and methodical patient assessments
  • demonstrate advanced clinical judgement leading to autonomous decision-making
  • assess and manage patients with a variety of complex cardiovascular conditions
  • understand the risk management and quality nursing care required for cardiac patients undergoing interventional procedures
  • explore advanced interventional treatment modalities
  • combine advanced communication skills with professional knowledge to promote safe, high-quality care of patients across a range of specialist cardiac settings.

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 across a range of specialist cardiac settings.

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

*Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care.
^2022 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.
#Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
H665
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 requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing, students must attain 8 credit points, comprising of 6 core (compulsory) units, 1 unit of course electives and 1 postgraduate elective from anywhere across the University.

The core cardiac nursing specialisation units are completed in year one of the course and are semester-based delivery.

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.

Note: Failure of a compulsory clinical component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

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

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment *
  • Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient *
  • Semester 2, 

  • Cardiac Care Nursing 1 *
  • Cardiac Care Nursing 2 *
  • Year 2, Trimester 1

  • Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Plus 1 credit point of course elective from the list below

    Trimester 2 

  • Advanced Concepts in Specialty Nursing Practice
  • Plus 1 credit point of postgraduate elective from across the Univeristy

    *units are semester-based delivery

    Course Electives

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Ethical Dimensions in Nursing
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • 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

    This course commences in Semester 1 only. It is available across all nominated locations.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    To undertake this course you must independently secure employment of at least 24 hours per week in a cardiac care setting within a collaborating hospital in Australia.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in accessing or undertaking clinical requirements.

    Workload

    As a student in an 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.

    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 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia with no conditions and restrictions and
    • Applicants must provide evidence of employment in Australia working in a relevant specialist area with appropriate clinical supervision for the duration of the course.  

    As the Specialisation pathways courses are offered collaboratively between the University and a range of partnership/ collaborating hospitals, student selection into the course is a joint process. Students must independently apply for and seek permanent employment within a collaborating hospital to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. 

     

    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

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about 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 Cardiac Nursing, students have the option to further their studies by articulating into the below course:

    H771 Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing

    Alternative exits

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    With job growth of 13.9% projected for registered nurses by 2026,** there is an industry demand for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills. Our Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing will allow you to meet that demand in a senior role in advanced practice, leadership, management and education across a range of settings including: 

    • acute cardiac units 
    • cardiac rehabilitation and community care
    • cardiac catheter laboratories
    • coronary care units 
    • clinical nurse educator.

    **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 for postgraduate qualifications relevant to their practice. 

    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 clinical practice commensurate with cardiac care nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced communication skills to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe nursing care to patients in the cardiac care setting.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant cardiac care information to patients and/or the multidisciplinary team.

    Critical thinking

    Identify, analyse and evaluate complex data from multiple sources to inform clinical decision making in the cardiac care setting.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced nursing knowledge to complex problems in the cardiac care setting to optimise patient outcomes

    Self-management

    Demonstrate professionalism, accountability, reflection, and personal autonomy as a cardiac nurse.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain inclusive, collaborative professional relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team.

    Global citizenship

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