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Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Rural and Remote)

Course Description

This course has been developed in response to the demand from Registered Nurses who are seeking tertiary qualifications in rural and remote practice. The course has been designed through collaboration with The Cunningham Centre (Queensland Health).
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.

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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)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Rural and Remote) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent qualification and eligibility for nurse registration in Australia.

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