Diploma of Nursing
TAFE Queensland - Southport

Course outline

This course is the essential minimum requirement to register as an enrolled nurse. This course will provide students with the advanced skills to perform clinical assessments, contribute to nursing care of people with complex needs, administer and monitor medications and IV therapy, research and apply evidence to practice. TAFE Queensland’s highly-experienced industry professionals will guide students every step of the way to ensure your transition into the health sector is a success. Successful completion of this course will qualify graduates to seek registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Upon successful registration graduates may find work as an Enrolled Nurse within a diverse range of healthcare settings.


Applicants offered a place in this course who are not eligible for a Fee-Free TAFE, subsidised or concession enrolment will pay full fee. VET Student Loans may be available to eligible applicants, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/course/17/17738/diploma-of-nursing for eligibility requirements. Prospective applicants are encouraged to make early contact with the relevant campus regarding on campus attendance and clinical placement requirements. While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course. Students will need to provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend the mandatory vocational placement assessment components of this course. The vaccines received must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by the WHO-COVAX if vaccinated overseas.. For the latest health advice please refer to tafeqld.edu.au/health-advice for information. 511772 Sunshine Coast Health Institute classes will be run during the day. 511775 Sunshine Coast Health Institute classes will be run in the evening.

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.

Other requirements

Prior to commencing vocational placement, students may be required to satisfy requirements relating to mandatory mask use and fit testing, criminal history check, Suitability Card, vaccinations, and Senior First Aid certificate.


Completion of Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age

Additional entry requirements

To practice safely in Australia, health practitioners, including nurses, must have strong English language skills. This includes being able to communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, collaborate with other health care professionals and keep clear and accurate health records. The English language skills registration standard is one of the five core standards required under National Law. In preparation for registration, and required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, all new applicants to study the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE Queensland are to demonstrate English language proficiency, as well as literacy and numeracy skills prior to enrolment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment and attain competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy before enrolment can be finalised. This is a requirement in accordance with TAFE Queensland and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The bksb is a Commonwealth approved literacy and numeracy online assessment tool. Kingaroy (566775), Warwick (570775), Roma (565775) and Toowoomba (568775): for these campuses, preference is given to applicants who reside in these regions. Successful applicants must undertake a clinical placement; students will be notified of locations after commencement of study.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Career opportunities

Eligible to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse.

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Start Date

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Level of Qualification
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Course Duration

11/2 years On campus with some online

Gold Coast