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Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled / Division 2 Nursing) / Bachelor Nursing Science


The new program structure for Semester 1, 2017 is pending external accreditation

Program summary

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.

Career opportunities

Refer to the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Professional recognition

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.

Teaching mode

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

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

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)

NUR131 Research Foundations for Health Practice

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

Elective course (2)

Select 2 courses from:

NUR272 Palliative, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care
NUR312 Life Crisis
NUR322 The Child Client

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

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

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
Program notes
  • 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?
Domestic students

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?.

International students

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:

More information

If you have questions about your program:

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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