Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

This course is not offered until 2022

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

JCU College Foundation Program with a minimum achievement of a pass in all subjects and a GPA of 4.50; or an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 50 or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS), of at least 6.5 with no element less than 6.5, or the JCU College EAP Level 4 program; or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 86 (no component less than 23) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 58 (no component less than 58).

Additional selection requirements

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, the requirement to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card, federal police check and/or other requirements that Students must comply with. Students must complete all Professional Experience Placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of all requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway), graduates will be able to:

  • Apply technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area of work and/or further learning
  • Identify, analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to complete various activities
  • Plan, design and evaluate solutions to sometimes complex problems
  • Communicate ideas and information and transfer specialised skills to others
  • Demonstrate responsibility and initiative in performing technical and creative tasks in known and/or changing contexts
  • Organise and critically reflect on the work of self and/or teams within broad but established parameters

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Level 1

Study Period 48 (Trimester 3)

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

NS1770:03 Transition to Nursing Studies

Study Period 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

NS1771:03 Introduction to the Professions

NS1881:03 Nursing Practice 1

Study Period 2

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

HS1401:03 Health and Healthcare in Australia

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery







Expected time to complete

14 months full-time

Maximum time to complete

26 months

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Not applicable

Special assessment

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy

Professional accreditation

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency to safely participate in professional experience placements

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Supplementary examinations are available, subject to current College and Division policies



Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who are awarded the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway) are eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing Science and will be granted credit of 24 credit points for all subjects completed under this course.

In accordance with the National Accreditation Council’s requirement, students must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components to meet the Minimum English language proficiency requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing Science. Students cannot enrol in NS1882 Nursing Practice 2 until this evidence is provided.

Special Awards

Not applicable