University of Canberra

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

University of Canberra

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00212K

This program is designed for registered nurses seeking to develop extensive knowledge and skills to support advanced practice in a clinical speciality stream of their choice. It will offer three clinical nursing streams for students to select from. These are Mental Health, Critical Care and Clinical Leadership. The course aims to promote clinical expertise for evidence-based skilled, caring and person-centred nursing practice, recognising the importance of nurses as knowledge experts working in collaborative health teams in diverse locations. The course encourages critical examination of the major social, legal, ethical, policy, and practice issues facing nurses in contemporary practice.


24 credit points. This course is available online, including for international students.


  • Clinical leadership
  • Complex care
  • Critical care
  • Mental health

Standard entry requirements

Applicants need to meet all three criteria: A) hold a Bachelor of Nursing B) be registered, or be eligible to register, as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), or equivalent overseas regulatory body C) be employed in a relevant health setting. The health setting must be relevant to the nursing stream chosen.

Study pathways

Alternate exit awards may be available: Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Critical Care; Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Mental Health; Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Chronic and Complex Care; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership; Graduate Diploma in Nursing in Complex Care; Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra Domestic: $20,900

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