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Graduate Diploma of Nursing Specialisation Gerontology

Graduate Diploma of Nursing Specialisation Gerontology (GDNG)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • Online
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Feb, Jul

Overview

  • Study aged care nursing courses in USQ's Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Gerontology) and further develop your skills in caring for elderly patients with complex needs.
  • Understand the foundations of healthy ageing. Refine and extend the skills needed to successfully provide care to patients struggling with dementia.
  • Build your knowledge in end-of-life care and develop the communication and skills required to promote quality of life for patients in palliative care.
  • Unlike other gerontology courses in Australia, USQ’s gerontology courses are flexible. You can study part-time and online while progressing your career as a registered nurse in the aged care sector.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Diploma of Nursing, you can take credit from these courses and continue to complete the Master of Nursing.

Career outcomes

  • Further your career as a registered nurse in the aged care sector.
  • Graduates will find career opportunities in both the private and public health care sectors, aged-care or nursing homes, or other residential facilities.

Entry requirements

  • Completed a 3-year bachelor degree in the area of nursing from an Australian university, or equivalent.
  • Hold a current Professional Registration as a Division 1 nurse, or equivalent, with either Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or relevant regulatory body in applicant's home country.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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
2 x core courses 2
6  x specialisation or approved 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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

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

AUD 30320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

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

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.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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