Distance Education for Registered Nurses
The Distance education subjects have been developed at a post graduate level which, upon successful completion, may attract credit within the College's graduate certificate courses and/or other university's programs.
By completing two subjects via Distance Education (DE), you will be entitled to advanced standing towards a Graduate Certificate. Graduate Certificates comprise of four subjects, so doing one or two subjects now via Distance Education will save you time and money.
To access Distance Education courses for Registered Nurses click here.
General Eligibility Criteria
Applicants seeking admission to continuing professional development courses are required to:
1. hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse equivalent qualification.
2. Be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
3. have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
4. Be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.
How to Apply
1. Download PDF file of enrolment form.
2. Complete the printed form.
3. Return your completed form, with payment or credit card details:
RETURN BY POST TO:
The College of Nursing
Locked Bag 3030, Burwood NSW 1805
OR RETURN BY FAX TO:
(02) 9745 7501
4. Include a copy of your current Authority to Practise as a nurse (RN) with your completed enrolment form.
5. For more information:
Telephone (02) 9745 7500
Send your application with the course fee (or attach a purchase order form from your employer) so that it reaches the College no later than four weeks prior to the course enrolment date. A letter confirming your enrolment will be posted to you on receipt of your application. Course materials will be posted to arrive prior to the course commencement date.
| DE RN EN Enrolment Form (66 KB)|
Cancellations and refunds
Please view the Student Management attachment for all information relating to cancellations and refunds.
Students withdrawing from a course two weeks or more after course commencement are not eligible for a refund.
The College reserves the right to cancel or suspend any course at any time for any reason as determined by the Board.
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Credit / Advanced Standing
Distance education subjects are structured to facilitate credit transfer/advanced to universities and to the College’s graduate certificate courses.
The distance education subjects require approximately 150 hours of study over six months unless otherwise stated. This equates with a one-semester subject at university and facilitates credit/advanced standing to a range of programs offered by the College and universities.
Many of the subjects can be undertaken as electives (at no additional cost) within College graduate certificates courses.
The College of Nursing is registered as a higher education institution with the NSW Department of Education and Training and all graduate certificate courses are accredited in accordance with the NSW Higher Education Act 2001.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Please note the following points related to the College’s recognition of prior learning policy:
• Credit/advanced standing will only be granted for study completed within the last five years
• Credit/advanced standing will not be granted for more than 50% of a course
• If application is made at the time of enrolment into a College graduate certificate course, students will receive a discount on fee-paying places. Students are encouraged to negotiate with universities, many of whom give credit to students who have undertaken specific programs of study at the College.
Each applicant is expected to seek exemptions individually on the basis of merit; there is no blanket exemption.