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◾This is the first fully online postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVNs currently being delivered in Scotland. Read more

Why this programme

◾This is the first fully online postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVNs currently being delivered in Scotland. The part-time and online nature of the programme means it is ideally suited to individuals who are in full-time employment.
◾The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2016).
◾The University of Glasgow ranked top amongst UK Vet Schools in the National Student Survey (2016) with 98% overall student satisfaction, and the School of Veterinary Medicine combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
◾The programme reflects the need for tomorrow’s RVNs to be involved in lifelong self-directed learning. It supports RVNs to become adaptive to the dynamic care environments that they work in, supports their delivery of quality care, and promotes the use of best practice techniques.
◾The programme offers specialist education in veterinary nursing which encompasses a core set of specialised skills, knowledge and competencies, supplemented by a choice of additional specialised areas including research, education, business management, ethics and best practice.
◾Close involvement of experts from different fields of veterinary nursing and the wider veterinary industry in the planning and delivery of courses ensures that the programme is current and relevant.

Programme structure

The MSc Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing comprises three components:

[[Three core courses (Year 1) ]]
◾Introduction to research and evidence based veterinary nursing
◾Clinical governance in veterinary medicine
◾Developing evidence informed practice through independent learning

Three optional courses (Year 2)

◾Promoting best practice in veterinary nursing
◾Animal and veterinary ethics
◾Introduction to teaching and assessment in veterinary nursing
◾Introduction to statistical methods
◾Introduction to veterinary business studies

Dissertation (Year 3)

The programme is delivered fully online using a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work. You will have the flexibility to tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms that are relevant and of interest to you and/or your future career.

The online and part-time nature of this programme, and the flexibility this route offers, makes it ideally suited to individuals in full-time employment.

Core Courses:

Introduction to research and evidence based veterinary nursing

This course will introduce students to the concepts of theoretical and practical research. It will cover what research is and why it is carried out, the basic elements of the research process, different types of research (quantitative and qualitative) using relevant examples from veterinary nursing/medicine. Following on from this, students will be shown how to access research, how to find and evaluate evidence, carry out literature searches, utilise evidence in their own writing / studying and how to develop their own research questions.

Clinical governance in veterinary medicine

This course will enable veterinary nurses to learn from an industry expert to develop their knowledge of the key concepts underlying clinical governance in veterinary practice. Students will learn skills than can be directly applied to practice including how to perform audits and monitor performance and outcomes in their own clinical environments and how these skills can be applied if their practice undergoes accreditation or awards assessment.

Developing evidence informed practice through independent learning

This course enables veterinary nurses to learn theoretical frameworks of reflection and develop practical skills in personal reflection. Such skills allow the student to identify any deficits in an area of individual interest or specialism, which can then be addressed through independent learning using evidence informed practice.

Optional Courses:

Promoting best practice in veterinary nursing

This course allows students to develop best practice in a particular area of interest or specialism through independent learning by reviewing and assimilating the appropriate literature, which will then be disseminated to others using written and verbal techniques. This course will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the different techniques that can be utilised to disseminate best practice. They will also learn skills in how to disseminate best practice such as writing for journal publications and delivering oral presentations.

Animal and veterinary ethics

This course will enable students to develop their knowledge of key concepts underlying animal and veterinary ethics. Participants will also improve their ethical reasoning skills by learning to utilise a logical approach to decision making when faced with ethical dilemmas.

Introduction to teaching and assessment in veterinary nursing

This course aims to provide veterinary nurses with the knowledge and skills to create an effective learning environment for individuals within the veterinary nursing profession. Students will analyse strategic learning theories and models of teaching in order to synthesise knowledge and adapt one's own teaching practice. The course will cover delivery of teaching, evaluation of competencies, and self-reflection allowing for research to be utilised and adapted to create a teaching, learning and assessment plan. Individuals will also cover key transferable skills which will influence teaching practice. A proportion of the course will focus on the teaching and assessment of clinical skills, and how it can be practically implemented and utilised within one’s own practice, and in an academic environment.

Introduction to statistical methods

This course assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It covers graphical and numerical methods of displaying and summarising data along with the use and interpretation of confidence intervals, significance tests (t tests, chi-square tests, etc.), correlation and linear regression. Students get hands on experience of using appropriate statistical software to carry out these analyses.

Introduction to veterinary business studies

This course will enable students to develop their knowledge of core business concepts and how they apply to the veterinary industry. Participants will learn skills that can be utilised in practice from a variety of areas, including business strategy, marketing, finance and human resources.

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This programme provides a framework for postgraduate study which offers Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) the opportunity to advance their knowledge, improve research skills, and practice evidence based veterinary nursing. Read more
This programme provides a framework for postgraduate study which offers Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) the opportunity to advance their knowledge, improve research skills, and practice evidence based veterinary nursing. The programme is flexible and allows individuals to directly align their studies to areas that are of interest to them, or are directly relevant to their current or future roles. The programme is intended to meet the needs of anyone seeking a flexible and adaptable route to a successful postgraduate degree, or who wish to undertake postgraduate-level study for continual professional development purposes at an advanced level.

Why this programme

● This is the first fully online postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVNs currently being delivered in Scotland. The part-time and online nature of the programme means it is ideally suited to individuals who are in full-time employment.

● The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2016).

● The University of Glasgow ranked top amongst UK Vet Schools in the National Student Survey (2016) with 98% overall student satisfaction, and the School of Veterinary Medicine combines both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

● The programme reflects the need for tomorrow’s RVNs to be involved in lifelong self-directed learning. It supports RVNs to become adaptive to the dynamic care environments that they work in, supports their delivery of quality care, and promotes the use of best practice techniques.

● The programme offers specialist education in veterinary nursing which encompasses a core set of specialised skills, knowledge and competencies, supplemented by a choice of additional specialised areas including research, education, business management, ethics and best practice.

● Close involvement of experts from different fields of veterinary nursing and the wider veterinary industry in the planning and delivery of courses ensures that the programme is current and relevant.

Programme structure

The MSc Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing comprises three components:

[[Three core courses (Year 1) ]]

• Introduction to research and evidence based veterinary nursing
• Clinical governance in veterinary medicine
• Developing evidence informed practice through independent learning

Three optional courses (Year 2)

• Promoting best practice in veterinary nursing
• Animal and veterinary ethics
• Introduction to teaching and assessment in veterinary nursing
• Introduction to statistical methods
• Introduction to veterinary business studies

Dissertation (Year 3)

The programme is delivered fully online using a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work. You will have the flexibility to tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms that are relevant and of interest to you and/or your future career.

The online and part-time nature of this programme, and the flexibility this route offers, makes it ideally suited to individuals in full-time employment.

Please refer to the website for information on

Core and optional courses

,

Studying online

and

Career prospects

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/advancedpracticeinveterinarynursingonline/#/

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The course. The programme is typically delivered on a blended-learning part-time basis, studied over three academic years, with students completing the taught modules within the first two years and completing the Masters Research Project within an individually negotiated timescale over one to two years. Read more
The course
The programme is typically delivered on a blended-learning part-time basis, studied over three academic years, with students completing the taught modules within the first two years and completing the Masters Research Project within an individually negotiated timescale over one to two years. The programme is designed to be flexible; applicants may not wish to enrol for an MSc but to study some of the modules as part of a Continuing Professional Development Programme. One or more triads of modules will be delivered over a year to make up a post-graduate certificate (PgC) in a particular topic area. Individual modules could be studied for CPD, six modules studied for a PgD or six taught modules plus the research project for the MSc.

How will it benefit me?
Veterinary nursing is now a recognised profession with registration and responsibilities. One is Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Several hundred qualified veterinary nurses have trained through the degree route and more have studied other animalrelated degrees. There are also an increasing number of RVNs who have completed the Dip AVN. Although there is a wide range of CPD courses and events provided around the country, this is an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in areas of veterinary nursing which are not covered in depth in most undergraduate syllabuses, and achieve a postgraduate award.

Careers
Learning new skills is important in a profession, whether it is to develop confidence and skills in general practice or to be part of a team in a specialist or referral practice. The MSc modules have been chosen to enhance skills in developing and expanding fields of veterinary practice, and to complement and build on the more generic skills found in the undergraduate degrees and Dip AVN.

A clinical MSc in Veterinary Nursing would also develop the CV of those with an interest in teaching. We are being encouraged to nurse from an 'evidence base'. To establish an evidence base in veterinary nursing people must be willing and able to determine evidence and to publish it. The research project element of the MSc aims to develop and support those with an interest in this field.

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The RVC Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing is a unique distance-learning advanced veterinary nursing diploma for practising registered veterinary nurses. Read more
The RVC Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing is a unique distance-learning advanced veterinary nursing diploma for practising registered veterinary nurses.

If you are currently employed in practice and looking to study from home, the Diploma will help you to develop valuable knowledge and skills to take you to the next level of your career.

Under the microscope

The Diploma is managed and taught by leading veterinary professionals who are recognised by employers both within the UK and internationally. We focus on developing critical thinking, using both theory and its practical application, enabling you to become better equipped to care for your patients.

Our learners come from a wide range of veterinary practices around the world. Whether you work in a first-opinion practice, a charity clinic or a large specialist referral practice, you will all share an ambition to excel in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare.

We welcome applications from individuals with the dedication to commit to the course and progress the professional role of the vet nurse in the veterinary profession. You will need a high level of motivation and, in return, we promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

The course

The Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing consists of modules that run consecutively through the academic year. At the start of the course, you will study a 'pre-requisite bridging short-course', which involves learning contemporary study skills, and includes a compulsory Orientation Week.

In Year One, you are required to study the following core modules:
- Evidence-based veterinary nursing
- Problem solving in veterinary physiology
- Professional studies

In Year Two, you will study three elective clinical modules.

How will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma is delivered through flexible online learning via the RVC’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – ‘Learn’. This means you can work towards the qualification at your own pace and can schedule your study around other aspects of your personal and professional life.

Each module has a subject specialist assigned as module leader. They act as your personal tutor, helping you navigate through the module and setting a series of collaborative tasks, assignments and online discussion activities. All of these will contribute to your specialist knowledge and learning.

Learning outcomes

During the programme you will:
- Benefit from exposure to some of the best clinical specialists in the UK
- Join a network of like-minded individuals all striving to enhance the professional status of the veterinary nurse
- Become better equipped to influence the health of animal patients within your care
- Learn to apply new solutions and approaches to often complex problems at work
- Have the potential to publish work developed as part of your course studies (see Published papers of previous students)
- Develop an appetite for lifelong learning.

In addition, your practice will benefit from your motivation and ability to make an enhanced contribution to the workplace.

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You will explore and reflect upon health care issues within a framework of contemporary nursing practice, and practise advanced physical nursing assessment (having acquired knowledge and skills in both physiological and pathophysiological processes, pharmacological concepts, and relevant principles of microbiology). Read more
You will explore and reflect upon health care issues within a framework of contemporary nursing practice, and practise advanced physical nursing assessment (having acquired knowledge and skills in both physiological and pathophysiological processes, pharmacological concepts, and relevant principles of microbiology).

Who is this course for?

This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills in advanced physical nursing assessment. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit your professional needs.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Neonatal nurses provide nursing care to newborn infants up to 28 days after birth in specialist care units. This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills in neonatal nursing. Read more

What is neonatal nursing?

Neonatal nurses provide nursing care to newborn infants up to 28 days after birth in specialist care units.

Who is this course for?

This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills in neonatal nursing. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit your professional needs.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. James Cook University has:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Through this course you will critically reflect upon your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area. Read more
Through this course you will critically reflect upon your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies within nursing science, across a variety of health contexts, including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF NURSING (GCertN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Effective leadership is crucial in a health care industry, where continuous change requires people of vision and commitment to meet the challenges of providing effective health care. Read more
Effective leadership is crucial in a health care industry, where continuous change requires people of vision and commitment to meet the challenges of providing effective health care.
Concepts within the subjects of this course cover negotiation and dispute resolution, clinical governance, health care management, and emotional intelligence.

Who is this for?

The course is aimed at nurses in leadership positions (such as Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Nurse Unit Managers and Clinical Nurse Consultants), or those being prepared for leadership roles in the future. These leadership roles include setting the strategic direction for services, human resource management, and budget preparation and management, with the key responsibility of providing optimum patient care while maintaining patient safety.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies within nursing science, across a variety of health contexts, including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups.

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF NURSING (GCertN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

This course is available to International students via external or distance study only.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Read less
Through this course you will critically reflect upon your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area. Read more
Through this course you will critically reflect upon your nursing practice and gain and apply specific nursing knowledge and skills relevant to your practice area.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Read less
Effective leadership is crucial in a health care industry, where continuous change requires people of vision and commitment to meet the challenges of providing effective health care. Read more
Effective leadership is crucial in a health care industry, where continuous change requires people of vision and commitment to meet the challenges of providing effective health care.
Concepts within the subjects of this course cover negotiation and dispute resolution, clinical governance, health care management, and emotional intelligence.

Who is this for?

The course is aimed at nurses in leadership positions (such as Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Nurse Unit Managers and Clinical Nurse Consultants), or those being prepared for leadership roles in the future. These leadership roles include setting the strategic direction for services, human resource management, and budget preparation and management, with the key responsibility of providing optimum patient care while maintaining patient safety.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role. Read more

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role. This role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills, but is not limited to the direct referral of clients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications, and ordering diagnostic investigations.

Who is this course for?

This course prepares you for role of nurse practitioner in an advanced clinical setting. On completion of this course you will meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Nurse Practitioner Competency Standards.

Course Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the range of extended practice competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of Nurse Practitioners in a way that integrates them into a nursing model of practice as is appropriate in a rural, remote, indigenous and tropical context
*Synthesise and interpret complex and varied individual and population health presentations and data, and apply a contemporary and advanced body of nursing knowledge and technical skill to design, implement and evaluate management plans that are responsive to patient determined outcomes in stable, unpredictable and complex situations
*Develop strategies to promote and optimize the health, welfare and autonomy of individuals and populations
*Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts in their individual practice context
*Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient-centred health outcomes within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice
*Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development and contribute to the professional development of others
*Interpret and justify to specialist and non-specialist audiences’ theoretical propositions and methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through high level literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills
*Design, plan and ethically execute a research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) MN(NursePract)

Course pre-requisites

Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
Have completed an bachelor degree in nursing, at this or another University; or hold equivalent qualifications; or submit, as an exceptional case, other evidence of appropriate professional attainments including professional experience in nursing; and
Hold a postgraduate qualification in their specialty area; and
Have completed a minimum of five years full-time equivalent (FTE) of clinical experience as a registered nurse of which at least three years FTE is in a relevant specialty area including one year FTE in an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice; and
Be concurrently employed at least 0.5 FTE in an advanced practice*/nurse practitioner student role for the duration of the course; and
Have access to clinical supervision in their specialty area.
Entry requirements for this course meet the ANMAC Accreditation Standards and Criteria of the degree.
*The definition of advanced practice or advanced practice nursing when used in this document is given to mean the definition as provided in the NMBA Document Endorsement as a nurse practitioner registration standard available at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:
Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals.
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*Specialised biophysical science laboratories
*Simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)

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The aim of this course is to extend the role and function of the health professional to that of qualified clinical educator, by developing knowledge and expertise in clinical teaching and its application for improvement of student education.
This course will not only contribute towards increasing your credibility in nursing education, but also provide you with important foundational knowledge from which you will base your practice.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Who is this course for?

This course is particularly relevant for practitioners in rural and remote health settings, aiming to bring health practitioners up to date on the current knowledge and theories regarding those infectious diseases of relevance to populations in tropical Australia and its near neighbours.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Students will engage in theory and clinical learning to enhance their performance in the specialty area of rural and remote practice, while attaining a postgraduate university degree at James Cook University. This course uses an additive model, with subjects being offered by JCU and Queensland Health to fulfil the requirements of the award.
The specialty component of the course is to be conducted by The Cunningham Centre within their Rural and Isolated Practice Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 – Registered Nurse Course [RIPRN].

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge, skills and technical competencies within one or more area of nursing science across a variety of health contexts including tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous settings
*Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex nursing problems
*Communicate complex theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of professional and client groups
*Make high-level, independent judgements and evaluations about nursing interventions related to a speciality area of nursing
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, professional standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF NURSING (GDipN)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Master of Nursing, and may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 12 credit points for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Who is this course for?

This course is for degree-qualified registered nurses looking to advance their skills in advanced physical nursing assessment. This is a flexible course that can be tailored to suit your professional needs.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Nursing degree will be able to:
*Communicate effectively and efficiently, including the ability to interpret and transmit both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist individuals and groups, such as consumers, key stakeholder groups and other members of the health care team
*Use expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in the complex care of clients that incorporates relevant policy and budgetary directives.
*Design and implement research and actively contribute to research projects that advance the body of knowledge in their clinical specialty
*Utilise the practice and processes of reflection and advocacy for both self-improvement and improvement in the quality of client care delivered in their specific clinical area
*Synthesise advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and exercise expert judgement to address specific complex problems within the health care system, taking into consideration the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of nursing practice
*Demonstrate, integrate and promulgate principles of cultural awareness and safety, professional regulation, economic and political issues as they relate to the diverse geographic, professional and clinical specialty contexts
*Deploy and evaluate existing and emerging technologies, including information literacy and clinical technologies, in the provision of complex patient care and the maintenance of high level communication in the workplace
*Safely and competently perform complex technical and/or clinical nursing skills in the delivery of appropriate client care across a broad range of clinical contexts
*Act as role models and mentors to other less experienced clinicians and to student practitioners
*Act as change agents and innovators by using creativity and initiative to continually improve the quality of care and the efficiency of the work unit.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

MASTER OF NURSING (MN)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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