In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.
Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.
Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.
Designed for registered nurses, the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing aims to assist nurses currently working in the emergency environment. Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to work closely with patients and their families who are confronted with trauma, accidents or acute and unexpected illnesses as you become a clinical leader.
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.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted. Please scan and upload the following with your application:
(1) academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) testamurs of 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) Statement of Support Clinical Assessment Requirement form ; (8) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate;
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 (March)
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 (March)
The Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing 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 emergency nursing courses.
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 Emergency 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 .
Domestic applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse, be working in emergency nursing and provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments.
International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in emergency nursing and have a choice of providing a statement of support from their supervisor if they wish to undertake the required clinical assessments in their home country, or else the clinical assessments can be undertaken at the Sydney Nursing School under simulated conditions.
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.
For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.
This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.
Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing can be used as credit towards the Master of Emergency Nursing or a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to emergency nursing. Nursing practice in emergency departments may range from life-saving interventions to providing health promotion and injury prevention.
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.