Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

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. 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 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.

Designed for

Registered nurses


  • 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. The course is offered on a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time basis.


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Nursing leadership in contemporary health care

Standard entry requirements

UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
City International: $32,010 No No information available

Further information

This course articulates with the Master of Advanced Nursing. To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

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