What will I learn?

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They care for patients in a range of settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion and humour.

This specialisation is suited to nurses currently practising in medical, surgical and high acuity areas who want to build their acute care competencies for senior positions. Courses are delivered online with only one two-day campus workshop per semester, so the program is ideal for rural or remote nurses.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) has a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient. You will:

work through six courses, three with an acute care focus
explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership and cultural competence
consider current theories, debates and issues in acute care
build skills for research and evidence-based practice.

Career Readiness

Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of settings from clinical to community, rural, acute care and other non-clinical areas. The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nursing) provides graduates with a rigorous grounding in acute care and competencies required to take on a senior position working within Acute Care.

Potential careers

Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Researcher, Clinical Nurse Consultant.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences



Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,500.00 (US$ 22,435) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 July 2020, 1 March 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Students are required to hold a degree of the Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent or have at least 2 years experience as a Registered Nurse in the field of specialization to be undertaken.

Registered (or eligible for registration as a Nurse) in Australia or New Zealand

IELTS: Overall band score of 7.0 and Band score of 7.0 in all bands; TOEFL total score of 94 with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 65 and Skills profile of 65 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 185 and Individual score of 185 in Writing and Speaking, Reading and Listening.

Application deadline - Coursework program commencing in Semester 1: 1 December.

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About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 world’s most liveable city (The Economist)