Diploma of Nursing
CQUniversity - Mackay (Online)

Course outline

This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse.

This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course enables students’ eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

The Diploma of Nursing has mandatory on and off the job training components. The off the job training is conducted as the theoretical component of the course. The on-the-job training is known as Clinical Placement and is unpaid work experience that is undertaken at a set time at the end of each term at a relevant health facility. This is a nationally recognised accredited course. For more course information, visit Diploma of Nursing.


Throughout the duration of this course, students studying by Mixed Mode will be required to attend compulsory Residential Schools.

Other requirements

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of Clinical Placement. On accepting an offer for this course, it is strongly recommended that students start gathering evidence to complete the mandatory checks required to attend clinical placement.
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory  to be eligible to attend a work-integrated-learning placement for this course.  For more information, visit CQUniversity’s Clincal Placement Information.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for CQUniversity and for this course, refer to CQUniversity’s website.


Applicant must be 17; Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years

Fixed closing date

Applications for Term 1, 2023 close 9 December 2022.

Additional entry requirements

To enrol in this program, you must have attended and satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America. If students do not meet these educational requirements, they are required to provide evidence of an acceptable English Language test. For more information see English Language Proficiency.

Recommended study
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
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

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.


As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2022 information is not available.

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

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2022 information is not available.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency to become an Enrolled Nurse. Students may find employment in health care settings in roles such as enrolled nurse, personal care worker and aged care supervisor.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
Level of Qualification
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Course Duration

11/2 years External