Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc), specialising in Advanced Nursing, is aimed at registered nurses seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. It is intended to give nurses the core generic skills and knowledge essential for advanced nursing practice in a specialist area, and preparation for research. The intent is that the postgraduate diploma will allow the nurse to develop competencies associated with advanced nursing practice.

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing may apply to credit the 60 pts to the diploma, and then undertake an additional 60 points in courses to complete the diploma. 

This specialisation is offered by the School of Nursing, and is offered in a Flexible or distance learning format.

More specialisations can be found under the programme of PGDipHSc programme.

Students wishing to complete the PGDipHSc in Advanced Nursing specilisation are required to enrol in and complete the following courses, depending on the desired stream.  If a student intends to proceed to a masters programme, a research methods course should be included. 

Stream 1: Advanced Nursing


120 points from:

  • HLTHSCI 700 - Working with People with Long-term Conditions (30 Points)
  • HLTHSCI 701 - Self-management for People Living with Long-term Conditions (30 Points)
  • HLTHSCI 702 - Principles of Primary Health Care (30 Points)
  • HLTHSCI 703 - Psychological Interventions in Health Care (30 Points)
  • HLTHSCI 704 - Primary Health Care of Children and Young People (30 Points)
  • HLTHSCI 705 - Mental Health and Addictions in Non-specialist Settings (30 Points)
  • NURSING 732 - Leading and Managing Changes in Healthcare (30 Points)
  • NURSING 735 - Clinical Education Practicum (30 Points)
  • NURSING 737 - The Scholarship of Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 741 - Education for Clinical Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 743 - Advanced Nursing Practicum (30 Points)
  • NURSING 744 - Specialty Nursing Practicum (30 Points)
  • NURSING 745 - Principles of Medication Management (30 Points)
  • NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)
  • NURSING 770 - Clinical Practice Development (30 Points)
  • NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)
  • NURSING 774 - Nursing People in Acute Mental Health Crisis (30 Points)
  • NURSING 775 - Leadership and Management for Quality Health Care (30 Points)
  • NURSING 776 - Assessment and Clinical Decision Making in MHN (30 Points)
  • NURSING 778 - Health Promotion and Early Detection of Cancer (30 Points)
  • NURSING 782 - Research Methods in Nursing and Health (30 Points)
  • NURSING 785 - Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 702 - Critical Care Speciality Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 703- Paediatric Cardiac Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 704 - Cancer Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 705 - Stroke Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 706 - Orthopaedic Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 707 - Registered Nurse First Surgical Assist (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 708 - Emergency Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 710 - Palliative Care Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 711 - Pain Nurse Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 712 - Diabetes Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 715 - Endoscopy Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 716 - Special Topic: Opthalmology Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 717 - Special Topic (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 718 - Contemporary Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Practice (30 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 712 - Clinical Trial Design, Analysis and Management (15 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 719 - Health Economics (15 Points)
  • other courses approved by the Head of School of Nursing

Stream 2: Gerontology


120 points from: 

  • NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)
  • NURSING 770 - Clinical Practice Development (30 Points)
  • NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)
  • NURSING 782 - Research Methods in Nursing and Health (30 Points)
  • NURSING 785 - Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 705 - Stroke Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 709 - Respiratory Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 710 - Palliative Care Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 711 - Pain Nurse Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 712 - Diabetes Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 713 - Wound Care Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 749 - Biology of Ageing (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 756 - Adult Rehabilitation Studies (30 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 760 - Clinical Leadership in Residential Care (30 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 761 - Mental Health in Old Age (30 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 767 - Special Topic - Dementia Care (30 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 768 - Priniciples of Gerontology (30 Points)
  • other courses approved by the Head of School of Nursing

Stream 3: Palliative Care


120 points from: 

  • NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 745 - Principles of Medication Management (30 Points)
  • NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)
  • NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)
  • NURSING 782 - Research Methods in Nursing and Health (15 Points)
  • NURSING 785 - Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 704 - Cancer Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 710 - Palliative Care Specialty Nursing (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 717 - Special Topic (30 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 746 - Ethics, Culture and Societal Approaches to Death (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 720 - Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 722 - Symptom Management in Palliative Care (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 723 - Advanced Symptom Management in Palliative Care  (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 724 - Child and Adolescent Palliative Care (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 760 - Clinical Leadership in Residential Care (30 Points)
  • other courses approved by the Head of School of Nursing

Stream 4: Mental Health


120 points from:

  • HLTHSCI 703 - Psychological Interventions in Health Care (30 Points)
  • NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 744 - Specialty Nursing Practicum (30 Points)
  • NURSING 745 - Principles of Medication Management (30 Points)
  • NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)
  • NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)
  • NURSING 774 - Nursing People in Acute Mental Health Crisis (30 Points)
  • NURSING 776 - Assessment and Clinical Decision Making in MHN (30 Points)
  • NURSING 782 - Research Methods in Nursing and Health (15 Points)
  • NURSING 785 - Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 717 - Special Topic (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 718 - Contemporary Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Practice (30 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 712 - Clinical Trial Design, Analysis and Management (15 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 719 - Health Economics (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 761 - Mental Health in Old Age (30 Points)
  • other courses approved by the Head of School of Nursing

Regulations


Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University Calendar regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

These should also be read in conjunction with the University's General Regulations - Postgraduate Diplomas.


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