Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing allows students to explore the ways in which nurses work and practice within clinical environments. This course focuses on developing advanced nursing practice ability with a focus on patient safety and the provision of quality care. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to their own area of clinical expertise. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge, skills and attributes required to develop initiatives in health care and make a substantial contribution to future health care directions. Students may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline or the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- NURS5012 - Assessment and Clinical Judgement
- NURS5059 - Foundations of Clinical Practice
- NURS5061 - Expanding Clinical Nursing Practice
- NURS5062 - Clinical Practice and Nursing Work
- NURS5069 - Research in Nursing and Health Care
- NURS5070 - Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality
- NURS5071 - Contemporary Health Leadership
- NURS5073 - Preventing Adverse Clinical Outcomes
- NURS5091 - Simulation-Based Learning in Health
Further course information
The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing may be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. The course consists of 48 credit points of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the clinical nursing courses, including Foundations of Clinical Practice, Expanding Clinical Nursing Practice, Clinical Practice and Nursing Work and Preventing Adverse Clinical Outcomes.
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to clinical nursing. Clinical nurses work in a variety of settings in the acute sector and the community and manage patients with both acute and chronic health concerns. They may also be involved in education, administration or research.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a minimum of five years experience as a Registered Nurse, or
(c) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas, and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please scan and upload the following with your application:
(1) copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(5) copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(6) copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.