Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

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Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

This course is available to International Students only.
This course is offered in 2020.
1 year full time
This course will take 14 months of full-time study.
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
JCU College Foundation Program with GPA of 4.5 and a pass in all subjects; or OP 16; ATAR 50; or equivalent.
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Gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Nursing Science upon successful completion of this Diploma, while receiving the support to succeed in small classes with world-class lecturers. This unique pathway degree is designed specifically for international students.

There is a high demand for registered nurses in Australia, and the employment rate is expected to grow very strongly. Nurses work in hospitals, community facilities, aged care homes, nursing homes and community practices.

Benefit from a thorough understanding of the foundations of nursing science and the nursing profession through core subjects that will prepare you for successful undergraduate study.

This course provides you a pathway opportunity to enter an undergraduate degree if you do not meet the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Nursing Science. You will also build an understanding of the key components of the communication process for nurses and learn the fundamentals of physiological systems

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway), and pending you achieving the relevant English language requirements, you will be ready for entry into the second year of the nationally accredited Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Available to students on international student visas only.

View the Handbook for specific subject information.

Applications close 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1).

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Entry requirements

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet necessary minimum academic entry scores and 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).

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon you gaining a certain grade in the English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

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).

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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$28,200 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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Ruth had a passion to help others, so she decided to come to Australia and study English and the Bachelor of Nursing Science.