Course details

CRICOS course code: 073315K

Level of study: Graduate Certificates

Summary

Your career in mental health nursing

With almost half of Australians estimated to be living with a mental illness at some point in their lives, mental health nurses perform an essential role in a wide range of hospital and community settings.

Are you ready for a future in health?

Discover a rewarding career and seize your opportunities for professional development with a qualification from RMIT.

Graduate with a qualification in a vital nursing specialisation

Mental Health Nurses are specialist registered nurses with key responsibilities under the Mental Health Act to assess, plan and provide care for people who are often vulnerable and in crisis. Advance your nursing career with the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.

Professionally recognised

This diploma is a core requirement that can be used in your application to be credentialed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, which will allow you to practice as a recognised Mental Health Nurse. Upon graduation, you will be able to access a Graduate Diploma allowance under the Victorian Public Mental Health Nurses award and seek promotional positions that require this qualification.

Learn from the best

RMIT University is at the forefront of nursing education and research. We are one of the longest running oldest providers of nursing education in Australia with a history of industry partnership and strong graduate employability for over 40 years.

Skills for the future

This diploma is available on campus or on line to support nurses working in industry. This diploma is designed to provide you with up-to-date knowledge and practical experience. Because it's developed with current industry practitioners it will also give you the skills to extend your work-ready abilities and professional experience.

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is for registered nurses who have experience in mental health and want to seek promotional pathways through specialisation.

You will be a registered nurse with at least 840 hours (approximately six months) experience working in mental health clinical practice, or currently completing a graduate year in mental health nursing.

This diploma will give you an understanding of applying diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in your clinical practice, as well the broader professional and social context of mental health nursing. You will also develop research skills and the ability to be reflective of your practice.

You will choose an area of specialisation with an elective subject. A work-integrated learning subject will further develop your skills caring for clients in a variety of clinical settings with interaction and feedback from industry.

Elective subjects include:

Foundations of Narrative Counselling
Leadership and Management
Loss, Trauma and Grief
Parent-Infant Mental Health

You'll study individual and group counselling, mental health treatment, contemporary mental health issues and research.

You will develop advanced, evidence-based mental health nursing knowledge and skills and be able to identify and address contemporary and emerging issues influencing mental health nursing practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing will give you a strong understanding of how to apply diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in your clinical practice, as well the broader professional and social context of mental health nursing.

You will develop research skills and the ability to be reflective of your practice. You will also choose an area of specialisation with an elective subject in either narrative counselling or parent-infant mental health.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,680 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time
Bundoora Campus
289 McKimmie Road
Melbourne Victoria 3083
Australia

Entry criteria

An Australian bachelor degree in Nursing, or equivalent. OR · An Australian bachelor degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, or equivalent.

AND

Current registration or be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

AND

840 hours of supervised clinical practice already completed in the field of mental health nursing OR you are completing this as part of a graduate year program in mental health nursing or supervised practice during the candidature.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

Address

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Australia
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