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Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing

  • Graduate Diploma

CQUniversity's Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is ideal for registered nurses looking to develop their mental health nursing credentials to practise as a specialist Mental Health Nurse. Delivered fully online in a hyper-flexible format, this course forms part of a suite of three mental health nursing courses and will provide you with advanced skills and knowledge required to practise in this area of nursing specialisation.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
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About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is delivered via our Be Different platform and offers you a self-paced, ultra-flexible online course, ideal for busy, emerging health leaders interested in practising as a qualified Mental Health Nurse. Our Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is nationally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, meaning you'll graduate from this course as a specialist Mental Health Nurse. Plus, you can later apply to become a credentialed Mental Health Nurse through the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (provided you meet the other requirements). Delivered as part of a suite, the Graduate Diploma incorporates a nested Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing. This means that the first four units you complete make up the Graduate Certificate and will build your skills and knowledge in undertaking mental health assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, along with psychotropic medication, and recovery. The final units of this course extend on this and with a focus on the provision of safe, person-centred, recovery-orientated mental health care, particular attention is given to exploring a range of therapeutic interventions that you can use to enhance your practice. After completing the Graduate Diploma, you may like to extend your studies and continue on in the Master of Mental Health Nursing. The assessments that you complete in the Graduate Diploma need you to be working in mental health. This way you can employ your mental health nursing skills and apply your learnings to your own clinical practice. Developed with industry and lived experience academics, we've made sure our mental health nursing courses are evidence-based and clinically relevant so that your studies truly reflect current and emerging mental health nursing matters. Add to this, the hyper-flexible delivery via our Be Different platform where you set your own pace and affordable tuition fees and you have a suite of mental health nursing courses that allow you to fit study around your life, not the other way round.

Entry requirements

Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). Students must be currently employed in a setting which requires the use of mental health nursing skills.������������������ Security RequirementsNo information available at this time.Health RequirementsNo inf

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How to apply

APPLICATIONS OPEN IN MARCH This course opens on our Be Different platform in March 2020. Register your interest to be kept up to date and to be one of the first to hear when the course is open for applications. In March you will be able to apply and start your studies anytime. OPTIONAL ORIENTATION UNIT In March an optional Mental Health Nursing Orientation Unit will be available on our Be Different platform. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform it's a good way to assess whether it's the right fit, for you. If you are keen to get started you can skip the orientation unit, and will be able to register on the Be Different platform and follow the prompts to apply or use the Apply button below. AFTER YOU APPLY Once you have submitted your application, our admissions team will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm they've received your application. They'll also keep you updated as they check you meet the entry reqour application. Provided you meet the entry requirements you'll be directed to our payment portal. Once you've completed the required payment details, you'll gain instant access to your units and be able to start i