By Healthovation Team

Learn while you earn

December 2, 2019

With more and more students turning to online education for their professional training and development needs, the e-learning industry is growing to be an increasingly popular higher education alternative. Every month we bring you an in-depth look at one of the most in-demand online study programs in the healthcare industry, that can help you up-skill or re-skill yourself and give you the much-needed confidence to succeed in your career! We begin this series with the much sought-after Graduate Diploma in Nursing.

Course Code: GDN

Cricos Course Code: 086271K

Award Titles: Graduate Diploma in Nursing

AQF Level: 8

Accreditation: TEQSA

Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Course Delivery: On Campus, Online

Availability: Available to Overseas (CRICOS)* Applicants

Nested Course: Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (GDN in short), is aimed at Registered Nurses who have a Diploma of Nursing Qualification and wish to gain a Postgraduate qualification. On successfully completing this study program, GDN degree holders can get up to one-year credit towards undertaking a Master of Nursing. With their advanced knowledge of nursing practice and leadership capabilities, GDN holders are sought-after as nurse educators, coordinators, managers in addition to higher scope for rising to senior positions in healthcare.

Overseas qualified Registered Nurses who are looking for a pathway to registration in Australia could consider undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Nursing.

This qualification can fast-track their application to work in Australia, as:

This qualification is recognized as a sufficient prerequisite to attend Adaptation programs like the IRON course.

On completing the IRON course, nurses can apply for AHPRA registration.

What are the other advantages of this course?

Nurses with a Diploma of Nursing qualification can use this course as a pathway to gain a postgraduate qualification. The GDN is recognized and accepted across the world in most countries, especially in Australia, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and so on.

On successfully completing this study program, GDN degree holders who wish to undertake a Master of Nursing can gain up to one year credit.

With their advanced knowledge of nursing practice and leadership capabilities, GDN holders are sought after as nurse educators, coordinators, managers and have the scope for rising to senior positions in healthcare.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the GDN?

This course is open to nurses who are registered as RNs, either in Australia or another country.

IELTS minimum score of 6.5 is mandatory, failing which online students can write a short essay to demonstrate their English language capabilities.

Work experience of one year is preferred.

Nested course: the Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Students who are unable to complete the course can choose to exit midway, and get a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (GCN). On completing the GCN, they could be eligible for advanced standing for further studies.

Where can I study this?

IHM, Australia offers a full time 1-year study program for International students at their Sydney, Perth and Melbourne CBD campuses, leading to the GDN. This course is delivered on campus and online. For fees and other details, visit:

Compassionate and caring professionals will always find a place in the healthcare industry and will be valued for their skills and knowledge. It has been predicted that healthcare jobs will grow in the next decade, with a shortfall of over 100,000 nurses by the year 2025. If you are looking to make a real difference to the lives of others, there’s no better time than the present to get started on this highly rewarding profession!

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