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CL18 - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing


Course Overview

In this course, experienced registered nurses will have the opportunity to enhance their expert knowledge and skills within their specialty area. You will use advanced skills and knowledge to develop professional autonomy to critically reflect on practice and be able to adapt to new situations in the clinical dynamic. You will also use advanced technical and communication skills to theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or nursing scholarship. The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing serves as an exit point for Registered Nurses enrolled in the Master of Clinical Nursing pathway. Specialist practice areas include: renal nursing, medical and surgical nursing, intensive care, coronary care, rural and remote nursing, generalist nursing, orthopaedic nursing, oncology and palliative care.

Career Information

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a nursing specific post-graduate qualification.This qualification has the potential to create many exciting and rewarding opportunities for graduates including increased financial remuneration from some employers. Graduates will attain competency and confidence to be able to undertake the many nurse leadership positions in areas of specialisation available within the health care industry; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Unit Manager roles. This qualification will also provide registered nurses with the competitive edge in order to apply for promotion.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipClinNurs
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements
To enter this course you must have:
- current AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse; and
- letter of employment which demonstrate that you are currently employed with an approved clinical partner for new graduates; or
- letter of support from employer demonstrating support to undertake the course and employment in your nominated area of specialisation.
Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL16 - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
Professional Accreditation


Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 20
Second year 40
Third Year 60
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate and apply expert knowledge and skills specific to nursing specialty
  • 2. Utilise high levels of personal autonomy and accountability to critically reflect on practice
  • 3. Practice creatively and with initiative to adapt to new situations in the clinical dynamic
  • 4. Use advanced technical and communication skills to theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or nursing scholarship.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
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