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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Specialisations: Diabetes Nursing

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • Online: Total Tuition Fee: AUD $8,000
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About the Course

Diabetes Specialist Nurses are crucial in providing good patient care and promoting self-care management in a variety of care settings.

This course provides a systematic introduction to the fundamentals of diabetes nursing, equipping students with the information and skills necessary to pursue a career as a Diabetes nurse in a variety of healthcare settings.

Students will examine the origins, risk factors, pathophysiology, symptoms, therapies, interprofessional care, psychosocial support, and nursing care of individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, as well as their relatives and caregivers.

A fundamental aspect of this course is the focus on a person-centered approach to diabetic nursing, which will ensure the care of persons with diabetes (from children to older adults) in acute, chronic, aged care, disability, and rehabilitation healthcare settings.

Students will be encouraged to participate actively in class discussions and online discussions centred on simulated case studies and evaluations are used to facilitate the integration of the specialised information and abilities necessary for diabetic nursing practise in a hospital context.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing also serves as a gateway for students wanting to pursue a Master of Nursing degree in Australia, either on-campus or online.

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Details about the Course

  • Critically review the principles and scope of diabetes nursing in different healthcare settings.
  • Identify the causes, risk factors, pathophysiology, manifestations, complications, interprofessional care and nursing care of DM (Type 1 and 2) in the adult client. 
  • Explore and implement an evidence-based and person-centred care approach to nursing assessments and management related to diabetic type 1 and 2 disorders and conditions.
  • Critically examine the importance of the person-centred care approach to the needs of individuals’ and families in acute, chronic, aged care and rehabilitation settings. 
Course Aims

Students may continue their education by enrolling in a Master of Nursing programme online or on campus. The course is designed to elevate students’ patient care to an international level by sharpening their theoretical foundations in nursing science as well as their practical knowledge and abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification or 3 years Diploma of Nursing leading to Registration as a nurse in home country with a minimum of three years of work experience.
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
    • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements has to be met by the student

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements

If you have a current, valid nursing registration in your home country and meet the course’s admission requirements, you are qualified to apply for the program.

The course is intended for registered nurses who are already in practise, thus you will have the choice between studying full time or part time.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing does, in fact, offer a choice of 13 different areas of specialisation. Nurses have the choice to select their areas of speciality depending on their prior experience as well as their areas of interest.

Many nurses choose to study this course at IHM to upskill their qualifications and meet the nursing registration requirements set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). By obtaining an advanced nursing qualification, nurses can fulfill the criteria set by AHPRA for registration as an advanced practice nurse or for other specialised nursing roles.

Here are some of the potential career prospects for graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program at IHM after gaining Australian nursing registration:

  1. Pathway to IHM’s Master of Nursing course, with 6 months credit transfer.
  2. Advanced Practice Nurse
  3. Nurse Educator
  4. Nurse Manager/Administrator
  5. Clinical Nurse Specialist
  6. Nurse Researcher

The course does not include specific clinical placements or practical components as part of the course curriculum. However, it is recommended that students have access to a clinical specialty area relevant to their studies during the course.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program at the Institute of Health and Management (IHM) has a course fee of $8,000. IHM provides a convenient payment plan option for eligible students to manage their tuition fees. Additionally, IHM offers several scholarship opportunities:

  1. Upfront Payment Scholarship: Students who choose to pay the full course fees upfront are eligible for a 10% scholarship, reducing the fee to $7,200.
  2. 100% Payment Scholarship for NCLEX Preparation Course: Starting from July 2023, IHM offers a full scholarship for the NCLEX preparation course when students opt to make the full payment for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program. This scholarship adds value and support to students preparing for the NCLEX examination.
  3. Alumni Scholarship: IHM also extends a 10% scholarship specifically for alumni students who enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program. This scholarship recognizes the ongoing education and professional growth of IHM alumni.

The program is designed to be completed through online learning, allowing students to engage with course materials, participate in discussions, and complete assignments remotely. This online mode of instruction provides flexibility and convenience, enabling students to study at their own pace and from their preferred location. By offering the program online, IHM aims to accommodate the diverse needs and schedules of nursing professionals who may be working or have other commitments.

  • Valid Nursing Registration: All students interested in studying the program must possess a valid nursing registration either in Australia or their home country. This registration ensures that students have met the necessary qualifications and criteria to practice as a nurse.
  • Work Experience for Diploma Holders: Nurses with a three-year diploma in nursing qualification who are interested in pursuing the program must have a minimum of three years of work experience. This work experience is necessary to establish equivalence to a bachelor’s degree and meet the educational requirements for admission.

Yes, all the subjects include online assessments and quizzes. However, none of the examinations need your physical presence. This may be accomplished from the comfort of your own home with good preparation and active participation in the course delivery.

Absolutely! After completing the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing at the Institute of Health and Management (IHM), you could further your studies and pursue a higher degree in nursing.

IHM offers a seamless pathway for graduates of the Graduate Certificate program to continue into their Master of Nursing program.

With a credit transfer of 1 semester, you can enter IHM’s Master of Nursing program and only need to study for the remaining 1.5 years. This credit transfer recognises the coursework and learning you have already completed during the Graduate Certificate program, allowing you to progress efficiently towards obtaining a master’s degree in nursing.

Yes, Registered Nurses who hold a current nursing registration and have completed a three-year diploma programme in nursing are eligible to participate in the programme. Students who have a diploma in nursing for three years and are interested in continuing their education through the programme are required to have a minimum of three years of professional experience. This job experience is required to establish bachelor’s degree equivalency and fulfil admission requirements.

While we encourage students to participate in the live sessions for an interactive learning experience, attendance for live sessions is not mandatory.

Attending the live sessions provides the opportunity for immediate interaction, asking questions, and engaging with instructors and peers, IHM recognizes the importance of flexibility and provides recorded sessions to support students who may have scheduling conflicts.

IHM understands that students may have busy work schedules or other commitments that could hinder their ability to attend the live sessions.

To accommodate students who are unable to attend the live sessions, recorded sessions are made available in the learning management system.

No, IHM has an English Waiver policy in place that takes into consideration various factors related to language proficiency.

If you do not have a valid English language test result, it is advisable to refer to IHM’s English Waiver policy or consult with one of our staff members. They will be able to provide you with specific guidance and information on alternative pathways or requirements for demonstrating English language proficiency.

No , having a nursing background is typically a mandatory requirement to apply for Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program. A nursing registration certificate is usually necessary to demonstrate that you have completed the necessary education and training to practice as a nurse.

Not at all; participants of any age are welcome to take this course. If a student is a nurse and meets the program’s entry requirements, they are eligible to apply and attend the programme at any age.

Completing this course does not directly lead to registration as a nurse in Australia. However, the program provides a postgraduate-level nursing qualification with specialisation, which can enhance nurses’ skills and knowledge in a specific area of nursing practice.

For nurses with a 3-year Diploma of Nursing qualification, successful completion of this course will meet the qualification requirements set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). After completing the course, nurses must complete AHPRA’s nursing registration process to gain Australian nursing Registration.

The programme has been accredited by Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regulates Australian higher education institutions, and it is accredited as an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 8 course .

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program at IHM consists of three units, including one core unit and two specialisation units.

Yes, the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program at the Institute of Health and Management (IHM) is recognized globally. Australian qualifications, including those accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), are widely accepted and respected internationally. This recognition ensures that the knowledge and skills acquired through the program are valued and acknowledged in countries beyond Australia, providing opportunities for career advancement and professional opportunities worldwide.

Absolutely! Nurses who have taken a break from their nursing job are still welcome to join the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing program at the Institute of Health and Management (IHM). In fact, pursuing postgraduate qualifications, such as this course, can be a valuable way for nurses to maintain and enhance their skills, knowledge, and professional development during career gaps.

This course does not require students to physically attend an examination center for face-to-face exams. All assessments, including online assignments and quizzes, can be completed entirely online.

  • AQF level 8
  • 26 weeks full time
  • Online
  • TEQSA accreditation
Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing an applicant is required to:

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification
    • or 3 years Diploma of Nursing leading to Registered Nurses in home country having a three years of work experience.
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
    • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements has to be met by the student

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements
  • Pathway to Masters in Nursing and PhD Nursing
  • Diabetes Nurse Educator
  • Diabetes Research Nurse
  • Diabetes Nurse Consultant
  • Qualification may give opportunity to work collaboratively with endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals.
Course Structure and Delivery

Three units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing course. One core unit and two units of specialisation.

Unit Code
Unit Name
Credit Points

Rosanna (Online)


  • Jan 1, 2024
  • Mar 4, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • Jul 1, 2024
  • Sep 2, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024
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Total Tuition Fee : AUD $8,000
Administration* (Non-Tuition) Fee :

**Only applicable to international students.

**AUD $250 (Non Refundable)
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