Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Students undertaking this online program will develop their knowledge and skills of advanced decision making in healthcare. In addition, it has a strong focus on the development of leadership knowledge and skills and the importance of quality and safety in healthcare. Interpretation of health research is also featured. The structure allows students to select a project stream or a research stream relevant to clinical nursing. Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private healthcare facilities.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,252

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent; current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority; be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation, unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.


80 credit points. 40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. Students also undertake three common units and elect to pursue either a project stream or a research stream for their final 10 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Clinical nursing

Study Pathways:

Graduates can progress to a Master of Clinical Nursing, and continue with their chosen coursework stream or research stream. Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree (40 cp from Clinical Nursing units).

Further information:

Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private health care facilities.

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1 year
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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