Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Online

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Domestic students


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 duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units


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

Credit Points


Exit Point

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree (40 cp from Clinical Nursing units).

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $19252 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

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 to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

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 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

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


Career paths

Graduates may seek employment in clinical nursing in government and private health care facilities.

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

40 credit points of this course consist of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.

Students also undertake three common units and elect to pursue either a project stream or a research stream for their final 10 credit points.

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