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Graduate Diploma of Health Specialisation Rural & Remote

Graduate Diploma of Health Specialisation Rural & Remote (GDHH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
Note: This degree is currently being re-accredited and, as a consequence, is likely to undergo some changes.

Overview

  • USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Health (Rural and Remote Health) will allow you to explore further concepts relevant to rural and remote health care.
  • If you are a Registered Nurse wishing to further your knowledge and advance your skills in rural and isolated practice, this specialisation incorporates scheduled medicines, and enables you to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area.
  • A Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse (RIPERN/RIPRN) is authorised to obtain, supply and administer Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines, under protocol.

Further study

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Health will qualify you to continue on to the Master of Health, where you will have the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities as a specialist in your chosen field of study.

Professional accreditation

If you elect to study the scheduled medicines courses within the Graduate Diploma of Health (Rural and Remote), the Scheduled Medicines program is accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to enable you to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement through Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career outcomes

  • You will graduate as a health professional with expertise to support the health care of rural communities, and to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university three year bachelor degree in a health-related field, or equivalent.
  • Be registered as a Division 1 Registered Nurse and must be able to demonstrate at least one years' full-time clinical experience.

Applicants must provide a detailed CV including education, clinical experience, professional development, and full time equivalent for each employer. USQ requires written confirmation that the applicant is currently practicing as an Registered Nurse and can complete required hours of clinical mentorship in their workplace.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Specialisation courses 6
Total 8

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22320
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9520

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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