Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care 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 Intensive Care Nursing is designed for registered nurses currently working in the intensive care environment. This course is intended to assist registered nurses working in this area to become clinical leaders. Your individual clinical experience is integrated with relevant evidence to produce information that can be used to inform the clinical practice of others. As a registered nurse working in the intensive care environment, you are expected to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires the application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. The course will provide you with the specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to this challenging group of patients. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline .

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care 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 intensive care nursing courses.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care 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. Domestic applicants are required to be working in intensive care nursing and international applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in Intensive Care Nursing. All applicants must provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

On-line applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 1 December. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please submit the following with your application:
(1) certified copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) certified copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) certified copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Statement of Support – Clinical Assessment Requirement form – available from the Faculty website - http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/course_information/specialty_courses/intensive_care/intensive_care_dip.shtml
(5) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(6) certified copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(7) certified copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(8) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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 2015, 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 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.

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 students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, 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

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.