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14 months full-time
JCU College Foundation Program with GPA of 4.5 and a pass in all subjects; or OP 16; ATAR 50; or equivalent
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.
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.
Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)
Diploma (AQF Level 5)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
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).
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
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:
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 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.
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
14 months full-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
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
Supplementary exam for
Supplementary examinations are available, subject to current College and Division policies
DIPLOMA OF HEALTH (NURSING PATHWAY)
Exit with lesser award
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.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD28,200.00
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.
What you need to know before you apply
Certified copies of supporting documents
- 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)
Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.
If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.
Applications close 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (Semester 1).
How to apply
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Director and Principal JCU College
At JCU College, every student's needs are important. Classes are small and staff are committed to student success. We provide a highly supportive learning environment to ensure students meet our high expectations. The JCU College team is energetic and will work with you to achieve your study goals.