Take your career to the next level with postgraduate education for registered nurses.
The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice allows students to explore the ways in which nurses work and practice within clinical environments.
Why study this course?
This course focuses on developing advanced nursing practice ability with a focus on patient safety and the provision of quality care. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to their own area of clinical expertise.
Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to develop initiatives in health care and make a substantial contribution to future health care directions.
Completion of the graduate diploma program can be used as credit towards a master's degree in the discipline or a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
Who should study this course?
Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.
Financing your studies
There are no specialisations for this course.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
Please scan and upload the following documents with your application:
(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) testamurs for any degrees or diplomas;
(3) current authority to practice as a registered nurse in Australia or overseas
(4) passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(5) marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(6) Curriculum Vitae, including nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual);
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate; any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year
We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February)
You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.
Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February)
The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice may be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. The course consists of 48 credit points of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the clinical nursing courses, including:
Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice Nursing will hold:
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The handbooks online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.
The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.
Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice can be used as credit towards the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to clinical nursing.
Clinical nurses work in a variety of settings in the acute sector and the community and manage patients with both acute and chronic health concerns.
They may also be involved in education, administration or research.
Our postgraduate nursing degrees are structured to allow students to fit study into their work and personal commitments. From part-time and full-time options, to online units and on-campus study days, here’s how postgraduate nursing degrees are structured at the University of Sydney.