Build your nursing qualifications one step at a time.
This diploma focuses on the foundation nursing philosophy of caring and is presented in four broad study areas: dimensions of health care; foundations of nursing; assistance with human needs; and promoting integrated care / nursing. Areas covered include: working with culturally diverse people; workplace health and safety; medications; emergency actions; aged care; mental health; legal and ethical issues; and the Australian health care system. In the final TAFE semester you can take electives from a range of health care areas. The bachelor component provides education to qualify for registration as a nurse in Queensland. Refer to the Bachelor of Nursing Science for more information.
Refer to the Bachelor of Nursing Science.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates may also become members of the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has a number of registration standards—graduates must demonstrate that they meet these standards to be eligible for registration. For example, graduates must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7, with 7 in all subtests, or equivalent before being considered for professional registration.
For full details of the AHPRA Registration Standards, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board website.
There are different teaching modes between the diploma modules and the University's Bachelor of Nursing Science courses. Diploma modules are face-to-face teaching with performance based assessment. The University's Bachelor of Nursing Science courses involve three or four hours of contact per course per week, generally in the mode of a one-hour lecture and two-hour tutorial. Students complete a further six or seven hours of self-directed learning per course per week. The self-directed learning consists of readings, research, assignments and other assessment items.
Please note: new students are not required to complete any USC courses until they complete their Diploma studies.
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
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This program is an articulation between TAFE Queensland East Coast and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
TAFE Queensland East Coast
Students study the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2) at TAFE Queensland East Coast and USC will award credit for the Diploma as specified below.
8 courses credit:
COR109 Communication and Thought
HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
NUR104 Contexts of Practice: The Older Person and Family
NUR111 Practice Foundations
NUR116 Preparation for Practice 1
NUR117 Nursing Practice 1 (6 units)
NUR121 Health, Culture and Society
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
Students will complete 17 courses at USC.
Introductory courses (1)
Advanced courses (14)
HLT301 Contexts of Practice: Mental Health Care
NUR212 Contexts of practice: child, youth and family
NUR222 Health Law and Ethics
NUR226 Preparation for Practice 2
NUR227 Nursing Practice 2 (6 units)
NUR231 Drug Therapy
NUR241 Contexts of Practice: Health Alteration
NUR286 Preparation for Practice 3 (6 units)
NUR287 Nursing Practice 3 (6 units)
NUR300 Nursing Internship (24 units)
NUR311 Preparation and Nursing Practice 4
NUR331 Contexts of Practice: Complex Care
NUR332 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety
PAR311 Leadership in Clinical Practice*
*Note: Not yet available. For more information contact Student Central.
Elective course (2)
Select 2 courses from:
OR another course with the approval of the Program Leader.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 198 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Present your completed Diploma of Nursing to enable 8 courses (90 units) of transfer credits to be applied to your academic record
In order to commence clinical practice you must:
- Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the clinical practice component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
- Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
- Show evidence of complete Hepatitis B vaccination (3 inoculations over a period of six months)
- Hold a current First Aid and CPR certificate from an organisation recognised by the Australian Resuscitation Council
- Travel to attend clinical placements
- Have a level of computer literacy, including word processing and email
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- When enrolling, please refer to the Plan your study tab
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the entry requirements listed on the relevant TAFE Queensland East Coast or TAFE Queensland Brisbane course page
- Confirm you meet the TAFE Queensland Brisbane English Language requirements, or the TAFE Queensland East Coast English Language requirements
- Confirm that your meet USC’s general undergraduate admission requirements
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?.
Apply directly to the relevant TAFE Queensland institution using one of the below links. Note: not all TAFE articulation programs are available to International students on a student visa. Check the program summary for details:
If you have questions about your program:
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.