Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$21155 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


Students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing will develop their knowledge and skills of advanced decision making in health care. In addition, the course has a strong focus on the development of leadership knowledge and skills and the importance of quality and safety in health care. Interpretation of health research is also featured.

The structure of this course allows students to select a project stream or a research stream relevant to clinical nursing.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

*NRSG633 Clinical Nursing

NRSG636 Foundations of Specialty Practice 1

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care


HLSC603 Organisational Culture and Management


HLSC607 Policy and Planning in Health Care

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

*NRSG635 Extended Clinical Nursing

NRSG637 Foundations of Specialty Practice 2

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* Only those students undertaking fully online study should enrol in NRSG633 and NRSG635 at ACU. The clinical nursing units (NRSG633 and NRSG635) may be offered through your healthcare facility (HCF). Do not enrol in these units at ACU if you are undertaking the postgraduate program with one of our HCF affiliated partners unless directed to do so. Please discuss this with your Course Coordinator or your HCF educator if required.

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements from the specialisations in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the relevant award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing:40 cp from Clinical Nursing Units.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing, an applicant must:

  1. have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent;
  2. hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  3. be employed in a substantive position in their chosen specialisation, unless approved otherwise by the Course Coordinator.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Further study

Graduates can progress to a Master of Clinical Nursing, and continue with their chosen coursework stream or research stream.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$21155 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Applicants of Clinical Nursing are required to complete and upload the Statement of Employment form with their application.


Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.


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