Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipNurs

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4723.1

AQF Level: 8

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing is to provide Registered Nurses with the theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills to prepare them for advanced practice in the clinical setting. Graduates will be able to synthesise and apply advanced nursing concepts in order to lead nursing practice and optimise health outcomes. Students who successfully complete this course may transfer into the Master of Nursing.

Study Mode
One year full time or two years part-time.


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Nursing is based on the following requirements

Registered Nurse (currently registered to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Nursing and Midwifery), or eligibility for same, or certificate of registration of nursing, within the last five years, in their own country


Completion of an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), in any discipline


One year full-time equivalent professional work experience as a registered nurse within the last five years.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Students may complete the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (no specialisation) below or may enrol in and complete one of the listed Specialisations.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed below.

401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care
400774Perspectives on Nursing
401168Evidence Based Health Care
400235Leadership in Clinical Practice
400412Primary Health Care and its Applications
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision

And two electives


ST4019Clinical Leadership
ST4020Clinical Teaching
ST4021Aged Care
ST4022Primary Health Care
ST4023Research Studies

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