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Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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      Overview

      Applications for the 2019 start-year intake are now open and will close 23 November 2018.

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      Do I need to produce the documents for clinical placement compliance in order to enrol?

      No, you should complete the procedures via the clinical placement portal once you have accepted your offer and enrolled.

      Do I need to be working in General Practice or Primary Care?

      The course has been developed for nurses working in General Practice and learning activities are designed to be completed in the practice environment.  Students working outside of primary care have successfully completed the course in the past.   Please discuss your individual circumstances with the course coordinator.

      How do I enrol in a single subject such as the Immunisation course?

      Single units of study are taken through the Community Access Program (CAP) for example when students wish to 'road test' a subject prior to enrolling in a course or when they only wish to study a specific unit. These subjects are assessed and can be credited to the Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Primary Care Nursing subject to University Policy.

      For more information about the Community Access PRogram, please refer to the page: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/courses/single_subject_studies

      What is the course code for CAP subjects?

      Please enter NA_CAPPG

      Can I get credit towards  the Master of Nursing Programs run by the Department of Nursing?

      You should consult the designated course coordinator of the Master of Nursing programs.  Units should be carefully selected to make sure you receive maximum credit.

      Can I study two qualifications concurrently and credit subjects to both courses?

      No, there are no recognised combinations.

      Is your immunisation course recognised in other states?

      The course is recognised in South Australia. New South Wales and Queensland require an   application to be made for recognition in their state (fee applies) details are provided in the course material. The NT will recognise your qualification for 6 months whilst you undertake a refresher course. There is no recognised nurse immuniser role in the Australian Capital Territory. The course is not recognised in Tasmania.  Please check with the individual State Health Authority before enrolling in this course in case information has changed.

      Is your Nurse Cervical Screening Course recognised in other states?

      Queensland has a recognised credentialing program for nurse cervical screeners. On completion of a Victorian course nurses from Queensland should apply to Queensland Cervical Screening Program for registration. Nurses in other states should check if there are any restrictions to practice with their state health authority.

      How much of the course can be completed in the distance mode?

      The majority of subjects are taught in the distance mode but some electives do require compulsory attendance at workshops in Melbourne.

      Learning activities include patient data audits and interviews, if not working in a primary care please contact the course coordinator to ensure you can meet the learning outcomes and complete the assessments for the course. All course materials will be provided online and you must have adequate computer hardware and a reliable internet connection in order to complete the subjects. Assignments must be submitted directly via Turnitin the online web-based software that is connected to Learning Management System (LMS).

      Before you apply

      1. Official copy of current National Division 1 registration
      2. Official copy of academic transcript(s) showing subjects and results
      3. Document showing evidence of at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting. This should take the form of a letter of reference or an employment contract and should show the hours completed. The provision of Curriculum Vitae is not a sufficient evidence of professional experience
      4. If applying under a different name than that on the documents, you must supply an official copy of name change documentation (eg marriage certificate)
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