Graduate Diploma of Critical Care Nursing

The University of Notre Dame Australia

The School of Nursing & Midwifery with St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) together provide the opportunity for the Registered Nurse to study the Graduate Diploma of Critical Care Nursing. Students will need to be an employee of SJGHC. The Graduate Diploma will allow the Registered Nurse to advance towards a Master of Nursing (Critical Care). The program is aimed at enabling the Registered Nurse to develop knowledge and consolidate skills to function as a specialist within the critical care area. It is also aimed at providing currently practicing critical care nurses with opportunities to advance their current practice. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma course, participants will be able to contribute to critical care nursing as a specialty.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,782

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate nursing degree or equivalent; must be a full time employee of SJGHC; current licence to practice as a registered nurse in Australia; at least 1 year of post-graduation experience


Most classes will be held off campus at SJGHC facilities. The 7 units of study include: Nursing Practice 1 Critical Care; Clinical Governance Critical Care; Leadership and Management Critical Care; Advanced Health Assessment Critical Care; Reflective Practice Critical Care; Nursing Practice 2 Critical Care; Ethics for Professional Life. Students should note the course sequence and unit titles may be subject to change.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing-critical care

Study Pathways:

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will allow Registered Nurses to advance towards a Master of Nursing degree.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01032F

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Fremantle No info Yes Part time 2 years

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a leading and distinctive Australian university, a status reflected by consistent 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide over the past 12 years.

A national Catholic university, with over 12,500 students, Notre Dame provides an exceptional educational experience, with Campuses in Fremantle and Broome in WA and in Sydney, NSW. Notre Dame has seven rural medical schools in NSW and Victoria.

Why study with us

Notre Dame's distinctive approach to education has been recognised by the best critics of all – our students – as the best in Australia for overall quality of educational experience in the nationwide Federal Government survey.

Our Sydney Campus is located in the vibrant inner city suburb of Chippendale while the Nursing and Medical Schools in Darlinghurst are located just metres from St Vincent’s Hospital. Our Fremantle Campus – located south of Perth in the port city’s West End, reflects the ‘town university’ ambience of the great European universities. 

Professional experience and employability

Notre Dame is a national leader when it comes to preparing graduates for a successful career. In the latest Federal Government’s Employer Satisfaction Survey – where business and industry leaders have their say on the quality of university graduates – Notre Dame achieved first in WA and NSW for overall employer satisfaction. 

Students learn from academics who have years of professional experience and who are at the forefront of the latest industry trends. One of the hallmarks of a Notre Dame degree is the hands-on learning integrated into all programs. Students graduate with both professional contacts and experience on their CV. Notre Dame has one of the highest graduate employment rates (79.1%), well above the national average (70.6%).

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities are offered through partner institutions located in Europe, North America and Asia. Short-term cultural immersion programs take students to destinations such as Cambodia, India, Timor-Leste, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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Degrees are offered in a broad range of disciplines in the following Schools: Arts & Sciences; Business; Education; Health Sciences; Law; Medicine; Nursing & Midwifery; Philosophy & Theology; and Physiotherapy.

Employers seek graduates who can think critically, creatively and compassionately. Every Notre Dame student is encouraged to develop these skills through the Core Curriculum courses in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology which are integrated into all undergraduate degrees. Students are encouraged consider how they can achieve their career ambitions while building a better world.

Admission and selection 

Our personalised admissions goes beyond an ATAR score. It considers a student’s personal qualities, motivation to study, academic potential and contribution to school, work experience or community life, in addition to their academic record. A discussion with an academic member of staff gives students the opportunity to fully explore their study options and career goals.

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