Courses Handbook 2010

187807 v.5 Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing


Course CRICOS Code: 007862G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course in advanced clinical nursing practice is characterised by knowledge and competencies within defined areas of individual specialisation.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A currently registered nurse who has registration with the Nurses Board of Western Australia, with a nursing degree or equivalent and a minimum of 12 months post-registration clinical experience. Those entering with a degree from an appropriate discipline, must meet established criteria for the alternative mode of entry into graduate studies. Selection is based on academic performance, clinical experience, professional references and, where necessary, an interview. Overseas applicants must have completeda nursing program of three years or more leading to registration, be currently registered in their own country and provide documentation to that effect. They must also have met the usual Universitys entrance requirements. Overseas applicants are requiredto provide evidence of proficiency in English. On acceptance into the course, overseas students are advised of requirements for provisional registration by the Nurses Board of Western Australia.

Specific Requirements

The completion of satisfactory clinic and/or practical experience is a compulsory component of this course. Whilst every effort is made to arrange placements, the University accepts no responsibility should agencies refuse to accept any student. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. As most units are offered only once in each year, and in required sequence of study, there is some limitation of choice for those studying part-time.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
311841 v.1   Domiciliary Stream (PG Dip in Nursing) 200.0
311842 v.1   General Nursing Stream (PG Dip in Nursing) 200.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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