University of Technology Sydney

C07143v2 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (GradDipAdvN)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: Online campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced nurse at a graduate diploma level. Students can tailor the diploma to their area of specialty or role. There is a large selection of elective subjects that encompass the areas of clinical, chronic and complex care (ageing and palliation); primary health care; education; management; and research.

This course is designed so that students can tailor their subject choices to meet their individual needs. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families. Students develop skills to actively contribute to the professional development of others and use evidence to make informed decisions about nursing practice. Highly respected by employers and clinicians alike, this course develops a variety of career options.

Course aims

Students develop graduate attributes such as leadership; critical thinking; accountability; communication; professional qualities appropriate to their role; and Indigenous cultural respect. These attributes are developed with key external stakeholders, industry advisers, clinical partners, employers and clinicians. The course develops a student's career as a clinician, manager or educator through extending, enhancing and building confidence in existing skills in addition to providing academic experience and qualifications.

Career options

Career options include leadership positions in advanced roles, e.g. clinical, chronic and complex care (ageing and palliation), primary health care, education, management, research, clinical nurse specialist or consultant, nursing management, complex case management, nursing education, and aged care.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
1.1 Consolidate research knowledge and skills to review the available evidence for optimal healthcare delivery
1.2 Review local, national and international networks to enhance translation of latest evidence into practice
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
2.1 Analyse strategies to enable leadership and advocacy, within scope of practice, for person-centred care
2.2 Consider creative approaches to build the capacity of the interdisciplinary health workforce to enable health-promoting environments
2.3 Appraise collaborative approaches used with patients, families and interdisciplinary teams to enable optimal health outcomes
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
3.1 Critically evaluate the health professional role as it relates to social justice and global citizenship
3.2 Plan and demonstrate accountability for efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
4.1 Develop effective strategies and techniques to communicate appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations
4.2 Propose techniques to empower, facilitate and support healthy behaviours
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Critically appraise knowledge and skills within their context of practice, to maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
5.2 Practice and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and foster human flourishing
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Discuss world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Analyse the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise and discuss the diversity of Indigenous Australians and the importance of this in relation to their health and wellbeing

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible.

International applicants must be a registered nurse in their own country or place of residence and hold a current Authority to Practise. International applicants must also have at least one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Local applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the chosen/relevant clinical area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 16 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 48 credit points (eight subjects).

The course comprises two course structure choices:

  • two core subjects and six elective subjects, or
  • one sub-major (four subjects), two core subjects and two elective subjects.

Course completion requirements

CBK91886 Advanced Nursing online subjects (PG) 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The part-time program for this course corresponds to the first two years of the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228). Example programs for the Critical Care Nursing sub-major in part-time and full-time modes are shown below.

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

The Post-Graduate Nursing co-ordination team