What does flexible study mean for me?
Swinburne Online Diploma of Nursing has four teaching periods and offers two intakes per year, in February and July. Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Learn when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs without giving up what’s important.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, 7 days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.
Your course structure
The Diploma of Nursing consists of 25 units, including 20 core units and five preferred elective units.
Your nursing course includes a combination of online units and on-campus hospital simulations and clinical placements. You will explore essential nursing knowledge and skills and analyse how the landscape of Australian healthcare is changing, and how best to navigate this new terrain.
This course includes both graded (scored between 50–100) and ungraded (Competent or Not Yet Competent) units. Where grading is applied, this occurs over and above the determination of competency. The inclusion of grading occurs to allow articulation into higher education programs.
Why study a nursing diploma with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. As a Swinburne nursing student, you will be required to attend unique Simulation Labs (on-campus) and Clinical Placements to ensure you’re prepared for your future as a nurse. These Sim Labs and Clinical Placements are scheduled by the university as per the course structure.
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How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online and on-campus
Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space and on-campus hospital simulations and clinical placements. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.
You course will follow a set structure, which includes assessments, due dates and online exams (for some units). There are some exams that are supervised online and there are others that are not – exams, however, will have a set timetable. All assessment due dates and exam timetables will be available in your Online classroom each teaching period.
You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Many Swinburne Online courses offer unique placement opportunities where you can put your theory to practice. These are great opportunities for you to make valuable industry connections that will perfectly position you after graduation.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.
Entry into this course is based on an applicant’s previous study, demonstrated knowledge and skills, and/or work history. It is recommended that all applicants attend a course information session.
For information on essential physical and behavioural abilities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements, please review the Informed Choices statement.
You are required to complete VCE (within the past seven years), with a minimum score of 20 for English or 25 in EAL. You must also have a satisfactory score for Units 1 and 2 in Maths or ACSF Exit Level 3 (working at 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 the level of English language skills specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) prior to commencing the course.
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
You completed your schooling in Australia or at a school taught and assessed in English.
You have achieved a specified minimum score in an approved English language test, such as IELTS, OET, PTE or TOEFL iBT. (For full English language requirements, please see the Diploma of Nursing Entry Criteria page).
Please review the following additional requirements before submitting your application:
- Applicants must be residing in Victoria, Australia, for the duration of the course.
- You must maintain a current Police Check and Working with Children Check for the duration of the course.
- The first unit of this course, HLTAID011 Provide First Aid, must be completed prior to your first placement. This requirement can be filled by providing evidence of your completion in an Accredited First Aid course. You can complete this through different providers, including St. John Ambulance Australia and Australian Red Cross.
- Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of placement
- NDIS Worker Screening Check – this process includes a National Police Check
*If a candidate believes there would be a disclosable issue on their National Police Check, a confidential conversation will be required prior to enrolment to determine suitability for work within the healthcare environment.
- Working with Children Check (Volunteer or Employee) for the duration of the program.
This course requires up-to-date evidence of immunisations. If you are not willing to provide up-to-date evidence, you may not be eligible to complete this program.
Immunisation requirements include the following:
- COVID-19 Vaccination – full course required after 15 November 2021
- Measles / Mumps / Rubella
- Diphtheria / Tetanus/ Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Annual requirement)
- Tuberculosis Screening – QuantiFERON Gold test.
For more information about the minimum immunisation requirements please download the Vaccination for healthcare workers information.
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.
- 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.
International and Interstate entry
This course is currently not available to international students. Interstate applicants are eligible for this course, but will not be eligible for Skills First Funding and must be able to travel to Victoria for practical course elements at their own financial cost. Applicants who currently hold a higher qualification will not be eligible for Skills First Funding.
VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees.
This course is covered by Skills First Funding, which partially subsidises your course fees. Check your eligibility for subsidised training on the Victorian Skills Gateway website.
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Course fees may change without notice and will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is not available to international students.
Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.
Swinburne Online Connection to Industry
The Diploma of Nursing may be completed online, however, your coursework will be far from just theoretical. Your diploma is designed to equip you with the future-focused and practical experiences that will enable you to graduate with your foot already in the door. With 100% of our students finding employment or securing a grad program, we’re ready to help you find your future.
- Complete on-campus hospital simulations
- Complete 400 hours of supervised clinical placement
- Learn from and work under a registered nurse.
Acute Care Nurse
Assist a registered nurse in the care of patients suffering from a severe injury or episode of illness.
Mental Health Nurse
Provide medical and some psychological support to patients who have mental health issues or who are in distress.
Assist individuals with a disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function.
Aged Care Nurse
Assist in the delivery of primary health care to aged patients in a variety of settings including hospitals and home care.
Palliative Care Nurse
Provide care and support to people at any age who are experiencing severe or complex symptoms due to a life-limiting or terminal condition.