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 intensive care nursing who want to build their competencies for senior positions in the area.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Intensive Care Nursing) is delivered via a blend of online courses and face-to-face teaching on campus. You will:

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

A generic Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is also available for nurses without the required speciality experience.

Career Readiness

Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of settings from clinical to community, rural, acute care and other non-clinical areas.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.

Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Practitioner.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

CRICOS

022511F

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (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

Venue

The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE,

South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry. Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Master’s program, or as professional qualifications in their own right. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic) Minimum Scores - Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Minimum Scores - Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum Scores - Overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

For international students

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

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  • Based in South Australia.
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  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
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