Entry into this course is based on an applicant’s previous study, demonstrated knowledge and skills, and/or work history.
Some additional criteria also apply:
- Applicants are recommended to attend a course information session
- Satisfactory completion of VCE, with a minimum score of 20 for English or 25 in EAL and satisfactory score for Units 1 and 2 in Maths or
- ACSF Exit Level 4, or above, in both Reading and Numeracy as determined by an online literacy and numeracy test issued by Swinburne Online.
English language requirements
The Diploma of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the course.
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
- English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of continuous primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12
- You can provide evidence that you have successfully completed at least 5 years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country*, which includes vocational qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.
* Recognised countries include: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America.
Test pathways – below is a list of the approved tests and the minimum scores required:
- IELTS (academic Module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
- OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components
- PTE (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking.
All students must maintain a current Police Check and Working with Children Check for the duration of the course.
The first unit of this course, HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, must be completed prior to your first census date. This requirement can be filled by providing evidence of your completion in an Accredited First Aid course. You can complete this through different provider including St. John Ambulance Australia and Australian Red Cross.
This course requires up-to-date evidence of immunisations. If you are not able to provide up-to-date evidence, you will not be able to attend the clinical placement component of this course. For more information about the minimum immunisation requirements please visit the health.vic website. Additional immunisations may be required in response to any changes in Government policy or the specific requirements of the organisation you attend for your clinical placement. Further information will be provided at the commencement of the course.
Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply.
If you think a Diploma of Nursing could be for you, you can apply here.