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Study intensive care nursing at Sydney Nursing School

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Overview

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.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing is designed for registered nurses currently working in the Intensive Care environment. This course is intended to assist registered nurses working in this area to become clinical leaders.

As a registered nurse working in the Intensive Care environment, you are expected to provide sophisticated care and advice to critically ill patients and their families. This requires the application of advanced physiological knowledge during the assessment and management of patients who may be experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunctions. The course will provide you with the specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to this challenging group of patients.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree in the discipline or a pathway into the Master of Nursing.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

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. 

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; any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.

Closing dates

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.

Starting date

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. 

Closing dates

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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care 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 intensive care nursing courses.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing will hold

  • a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or 
  • an embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

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 intensive care nursing and provide a statement of support from their supervisor or manager in order to undertake the required clinical assessments. Students who already hold a graduate certificate in intensive care nursing are not required to provide a statement of support.

International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in intensive care 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.

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.

Inherent requirements

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.

Course opportunities

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 Intensive Care Nursing can be used as credit towards the Master of Intensive Care Nursing.

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

Domestic students

International students

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