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Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121)
Mater Education - South Brisbane

Course outline

Mater Education is a specialised healthcare education and training provider and Queensland’s only accredited, hospital-based, independent Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We offer a range of programs to kick-start a rewarding healthcare career in nursing, allied health assistance, pathology collection, health services assistance, health administration, and more.

Our hospital-based Diploma of Nursing is delivered in world-class simulation facilities and learning environments, supported by a team of expert clinicians and educators. Students learn contemporary theoretical knowledge, gain best-practice clinical skills, and enjoy access to Mater’s extensive statewide network of healthcare professionals and hospital facilities.

Workplace placement is an integral part of the Diploma of Nursing with opportunities offered across Mater’s statewide hospitals and healthcare services and partner facilities, including aged and community care. Placement is organised for students by Mater Education’s dedicated Placement Team.

Study locations
Learning takes place at Mater’s hospital and healthcare facilities, ensuring an immersive study experience.

Mater Education is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for eligible students from an Indigenous or refugee background, as well as students facing financial hardship. Scholarships are awarded on merit and are available to eligible students upon application.

Fee notes

Payment plans are available, and eligible students can apply for a Commonwealth Government VET Student Loan or Queensland Government Higher Level Skills funding.

Other requirements

Application process
Students apply directly to Mater Education, not through QTAC. To find out more, including eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit the Mater Education website,

Fee assistance
In 2024, Mater Education is an approved provider of Fee-Free TAFE for the Diploma of Nursing. This program is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government. Places are limited and eligibility conditions apply.

Eligible students can apply for Higher Level Skills funding (funded by the Queensland Government) and/or a VET Student Loan. Visit the Mater Education website for further information,


To be accepted into Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing program, you must meet the admission requirements and eligibility criteria. Please refer to our website for more details: Diploma of Nursing.

Additional entry requirements
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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


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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, 2024

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


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for national registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Study pathway
Graduates of Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing can consider university study to become a registered nurse. An agreement between Mater Education and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine allows 10 Mater Education Diploma of Nursing graduates direct entry into ACU’s Bachelor of Nursing each year. Visit the Mater Education website to learn more at

Employment pathway
Students may wish to seek employment at a Mater hospital or healthcare facility or consider the Mater Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program, only available to students who have obtained a Diploma of Nursing with Mater Education. Visit the Mater careers website for more information at

Start Date

Offer rounds

Level of Qualification
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

11/2 years Full time | Part-time study is only available for the January 2022 intake.

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