Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

Build a career in healthcare and benefit from a supported pathway into nursing with the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway). You will be introduced to the profession, principles and science of nursing. Upon completion, you will have the study skills and foundational knowledge needed to progress into JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration].

Pathway to success

Successful completion provides entry into a JCU Nursing degree.

A supported step forward

Build healthcare knowledge through helpful learning frameworks.

Grow your potential

Develop foundational strategies and skills for further study.

Fast Facts


Some subjects are only available online


  • Mackay: February
  • Mount Isa: February




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1 year full-time

Entry Requirements

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 50 or equivalent.

QTAC Codes

  • 337120
  • 347120

Course detail

Real stories

  • Ivy Hodges  Student, Bachelor of Nursing Science


    Ivy Hodges

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    Doing my three-week placement in Weipa made me more drawn to becoming a rural and remote nurse and giving back to my people. I was able to have a more hands-on experience: applying cultural competencies and applying competent nursing skills to my people. This made me realise my potential as a future registered nurse.

  • Studied the Bachelor of Nursing


    Julie-Anne Cobb

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    What made the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Science stand out wasn’t just its contemporary course work and structure but also the attentiveness of staff to students’ needs. The Student and Staff Consultative Committee worked tirelessly to support us in our learning, and the Peer Mentor Program offered invaluable support.

  • Lecturer Nursing & Midwifery


    Julie Shepherd

    Lecturer, Nursing & Midwifery, 1st Year Student Experience Advisor

    As a Nurse educator, I can help you to engage in your learning, inspire you to be your best and transform you from being ordinary to being great! If your dream is to have a career in nursing then JCU is the place where your dreams really do come true.

  • Clinical Facilitator, Mater Health


    Hannah Smith

    Clinical Facilitator, Mater Health

    When we have hired JCU graduates, it has been the confidence in their ability to transition into the role of registered nurse that often stands out. Due to the close collaboration of JCU and the Mater, having them here on staff is like welcoming family.