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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Oncology Nursing)

Advance your career in oncology nursing 

Nurses are highly respected members of the community. They care for patients in a range of settings and touch lives with empathy, compassion, and humor.

This specialization is suited to nurses currently practicing oncology nursing who want to build their competencies for senior positions in the area. It’s focused on best practices for supporting cancer patients and their families and friends. Courses are delivered online with only one two-day campus workshop per semester, so the program is ideal for rural or remote nurses.

What will you do?

You’ll consolidate and build on essential knowledge as you:

  • work through six courses, three with an oncology focus
  • explore professional issues such as accountability, ethics, advocacy, leadership, and cultural competence
  • consider current theories, debates, and issues in cancer care
  • build skills for research and evidence-based practice.

A generic Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is also available for nurses without the required specialty experience.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of settings from clinical to community, rural, acute care and other non-clinical areas.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Potential careers
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65

C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185

Tertiary Qualifications Registered (or eligible for registration as a Nurse) in Australia or New Zealand and hold a degree of the Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and have at least 2 years experience as a Registered Nurse in the field of specialisation to be undertaken.
Additional Entry Requirements
Within ten days of submitting a formal applications, candidates must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences