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Diploma of Nursing

Mater Education offers an exciting opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to become an enrolled nurse (EN).

Graduates of the Mater Education Diploma of Nursing program will receive an HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing (pending ANMAC approval).

As a student you’ll gain contemporary theoretical knowledge together with best-practice clinical skills. You’ll study and train in a world-class clinical simulation facility and learning environment, and be instructed by highly qualified teachers. 

The course is integrated and delivered onsite within Mater’s own facilities, where you’ll gain clinical placement experience across some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals. To ensure you have a holistic experience one component of your first clinical placement will be in an aged care facility. 

There are two intakes per year for the full-time course (early and mid-year) and one intake per year for the part-time course (mid-year), with applications open for a strictly limited time. Fill out the Expression of Interest form below to ensure you are notified about relevant application periods. 

Just as people from all walks of life need care, they can also make exceptional nurses. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with diverse academic, work and life experiences to apply. The program suits both school leavers and mature learners desiring a rewarding career change.

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the program, you can apply for National Registration and a licence to practice as an enrolled nurse through:

We recommend students apply for registration four to six weeks before completing the course.

You’ll need to consider AHPRAs registration requirements before you complete your training. While the requirements won’t prevent you from enrolling in our program, they may have an impact on your ability to register once you complete it.

If you have any questions about enrolled nurse registration, or would like more information, use the AHPRA's Online Enquiry Form or call them on 1300 419 495.

Duration and dates

Full-time program
Our full-time program is delivered in three semesters over 18 months. The unique course structure combines subjects from semesters two and three into a comprehensive year of learning, giving you a more thorough and immersive study experience.

Part-time program
Our part-time program offers the same outcomes as our full-time course, except you will complete it in three years instead of 18 months. Applications are open now to start studying in March 2017.

Part-time study provides increased flexibility for those who want to study while working or balancing other commitments. It’s specifically designed for dedicated, mature-minded students, requiring only one day per fortnight onsite with a large online and self-directed learning component.

We welcome two intakes per year for the full-time program:

Semester one (January)
Semester two (July)

We welcome one intake per year for the part-time program:

Semester one (March)

Class timetables
Class timetables are now available for the below student cohorts:

 

Key dates (January 2017 intake)

Applications open — 19 September 2016
Applications close — 14 November
First round offers — week commencing 27 November

Key dates (March 2017 Part-time intake)

Applications open — 5 December 2016
Applications close — 13 February 2017
First round offers — week commencing 30 January 2017

Cost

2017 intake course fees are $22,500.
Eligible students will be able to apply for a VET Student Loan (subject to the passing of legislation). See the Study Assist website for more information. Payment plans will also be available. The schedule of fees for January to June is available for download.


Refund policies
Refund after census date policy
VET FEE-HELP Refund Policy for the Purpose of VFH Assistance
VET FEE-HELP Student review and re-crediting a VFH balance

Additional costs
Textbooks and materials (approximately $800)
Closed-in black shoes
Black business pants or knee-length black skirt (preferably with pockets)
Criminal history check 'Fit2Work' ($29)

New Zealand SCV holders
If you hold a New Zealand SCV you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan, providing you:
•    first entered Australia as a dependent child aged under 18 years of age
•    have been ordinarily resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, you have been physically present in Australia for at least eight out of the past 10 years) and 18 months out of the last two years at the time of application for the loan.

For more information visit the Study Assist website.

Course outline

Core units

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is comprised of 20 core units and five elective units:

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practise as a nursing professional within the Australian health care system, providing health care across the lifespan of people in a range of health and community care services or environments.

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply effective communication skills with a person, family or carer and with other healthcare professionals in a variety of health care settings.

HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required, within the scope of practice, to perform preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems, gathering data that contributes to a person’s individualised health care plan.

HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform nursing interventions to support the social and emotional wellbeing and nursing care needs of the older person in both acute care settings and residential care environments.

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
This unit describes the nursing skills and knowledge required to work in a primary health care environment including community-based, educational, occupational and informal settings, and in general practice. 
Primary health care involves a person-centred and holistic approach to health care. It is made accessible to people by being located as close as possible to where they live, and supporting their full participation in a spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.

HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to administer and monitor medications and intravenous (IV) therapy including calculating dosage requirements, interpreting written instructions from an authorised prescriber, assessing the person for medication effectiveness and side effects, and responding to an allergic pharmacological reaction.

HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to within work legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements.

HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement nursing care as outlined in a person’s plan of care, evaluate outcomes of care provided, record and report progress, and respond to an emergency situation.

HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide clinical nursing skills for a person with complex needs and to contribute to complex nursing interventions using critical thinking and problem-solving.

HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of the person with an acute health problem by performing clinical nursing skills and interventions that support the person’s health care needs and assist them to regain optimal function and lifestyle.

HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of a person with chronic health problems by performing nursing interventions that support the person’s needs and assist them in maintaining an optimal lifestyle.

HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of various types of wounds. It involves working with the interdisciplinary health care team to contribute to assessment, treatment and ongoing management of a person’s wounds.

HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge an enrolled nurse needs to perform within the legal and ethical parameters of professional practice, supporting client rights and meeting duty of care requirements.

 


Compulsory units

All students need to complete the following two compulsory units:

HLTAID003 Provide first aid
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness
This unit defines skills, knowledge and outcomes required to plan and supervise the performance of the team and develop team cohesion.

It applies team leaders, supervisors and new emerging managers who have an important leadership role in the development of efficient and effective work teams.

 


Elective units

Students can choose three electives from the following areas:

CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.

CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make visits to clients to assess needs and/or deliver services in their place of residence.

CHCLLN001 Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs 
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify situations where client language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills may be impeding access to services, to adjust service delivery, and to refer appropriately to improve client outcomes.

HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care using a palliative approach in care environments such as hospitals, home and community care, hospices and long-term care facilities.

HLTENN014 Contribute to maternal and infant health care
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide care to mother and newborn infant in a range of health care settings such as postnatal, neonatal, child and family health care and paediatric settings.

HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care to a person with diabetes including assessing needs, planning and implementing complex nursing interventions, evaluating outcomes, and educating the person on his/her condition and available resources.

HLTENN026 Apply nursing practice in the perioperative setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred care for a person during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery in the perioperative nursing environment in operating theatres, post-anaesthesia care units and day surgery centres.

HLTENN028 Apply nursing practice in the paediatric care setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to provide care for babies, children and adolescents in primary health care, hospitals, hospices, homecare and community and long-term care facilities.

Paediatric or child health nurses working in the paediatric nursing environment need to hold and apply specialised in-depth knowledge, effectively integrate theory and practice, and make reliable clinical assessments and judgements.

HLTENN016 Apply nursing practice in the emergency care setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work as part of the emergency care team in an emergency care environment such as a hospital emergency department, primary health care service or mobile hospital service.

Enrolled nurses working in emergency care need to hold and apply specialised in-depth knowledge, effectively integrate theory and practice, and make reliable clinical assessments and judgements.

HLTANA005 Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to check functioning of equipment, implement and routine and planned equipment maintenance, and maintain the supply of anaesthetic supplies.  It also covers the evaluation of new equipment.

HLTANA007 Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to access and prepare medications, fluids, blood and blood products prescribed by the anaesthetist, to monitor client responses.

 

Notes

  • Due to the popularity of some electives and availability of clinical placements, you may not receive your first choice of elective.
  • Days of commitment may change each semester.
  • Electives are subject to review and may be subject to change.


Program information

This program has been designed by the nursing profession in accordance with accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), and adheres to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework.

The program information guide outlines the aims, objectives and philosophy of the course, and includes practical information such as:

  • How do you contact us?
  • What is the study program?
  • What are our teaching and learning strategies?
  • What level of online learning is included?
  • How is online learning supported?
  • Why do we assess?
  • How do we assess?
  • What does clinical placement involve?
  • What resources are available?
  • What support is available?
  • When do you graduate?
  • What is the process for registering as an enrolled nurse?


Please take the opportunity to read the Program Information Guide, and contact us if you have any further questions about the program.


Student rules

To set our students up for success in their learning and future profession, we have compiled a document outlining their responsibilities. We expect them to observe Mater’s philosophy, mission and values and ensure behaviour is respectful, lawful, diligent, professional, ethical and responsible.

To successfully complete your training, you must agree to (and abide by) our student rules. Please take the opportunity to read them as soon as you can. They will help you understand your responsibilities, and allow you to get the most from your training.

We also make a commitment to our students, and aim to meet or exceed our obligations and code of practice.

Clinical placement

Placement areas

Clinical placements consolidate your knowledge within the real nursing environment, applying theory to practice. These occur each semester after the mid-semester break, predominately on the Mater campus.

You can undertake clinical placement in specialities including:
  • acute medical
  • acute surgical
  • aged care (Semester 1)
  • rehabilitation
  • orthopaedics
  • oncology
  • perioperative
  • maternity
  • paediatrics
  • emergency.


Notes

  • Clinical placement days will change each semester.
  • Clinical placement mayinclude day, evening and/or weekend shifts.
  • Allocation of placement may vary according to the acuity of the hospital and selection of elective units of competency.
  • While we make every effort to ensure each student secures the electives of their choice, Mater Education reserves the right to allocate electives according to availability and the academic capabilities of individual students.


Placement guide

Semester 1 = 120 hours of clinical placement
Semester 2 = 120 hours of clinical placement 
Semester 3 = 160 hours of clinical placement (inclusive of elective subject learning hours)

Program aims and conceptual framework

Mater Education's Diploma of Nursing program aims to develop your ability to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and apply critical-thinking skills. You’ll then apply these to provide quality patient-centred nursing care for patients/clients with varying healthcare requirements as a beginner-level enrolled nurse.

The curriculum integrates all core competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice. The program ensures the central focus is on enrolled nursing practice and providing competent, safe, patient-centred care.

Objectives/outcomes
The major goal of Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing Program is to have each student demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge, skills, attitude, communication and safety in all units of competency. As a graduate you will be expected to be clinically competent and ready to function as beginning enrolled nurses based on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice.


Model of educational delivery and transition to patient centred care

Learning philosophy
Mater Education recognises that adult students are individuals, and so adopts a learner-centred focus using a variety of teaching methods to meet their learning needs. These include:

  • problem-based learning tutorials (PBL)
  • lectures
  • online learning modules
  • videos
  • simulation
  • high-quality clinical placement experiences.


The diagram shows how our evidence-based curriculum supports the students’ transition, both educationally and clinically. Our blended delivery methods promote critical thinking and support professional, multidisciplinary communication. What follows is a smooth transition from the learner-centred educational focus to the patient-centred care delivery through simulation and vocational (clinical) placement.

Conceptual framework
Mater Education's Diploma of Nursing program’s conceptual framework is centred on the enrolled nursing professional and the eight themes that support professional practice.

The themes incorporate the four domains of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) Enrolled Nursing Competency Standards:

  • professional and ethical practice
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • management of care
  • enabling.


By emphasising knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional and ethical practice as essential elements for enrolled nursing practice, these themes are bound together.

The focus and themes of the conceptual framework align with Mater's teaching and learning strategy, which is based on a robust and systematic approach to transforming work-based cultures to deliver safe, high-quality patient care.

diploma-of-nursing-management-of-care.jpgMater Education - Diploma of Nursing Program's Conceptual Framework


The conceptual framework guides faculty, students, advisors, and academic staff in designing and implementing any component of the Diploma of Nursing curriculum, including student and program evaluation.

Mater puts the patient at the centre of everything we do, and provides an environment receptive to their perceptions of their care. The Mater Education curriculum has been designed to incorporate all of the above, based on this conceptual framework. 

Entry requirements and Apply now

Applications for our part-time March 2017 intake are now open. Apply online now. Applications close 13 February.

Applications for HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing (pending ANMAC approval) 

Mater Education wants everyone enrolled in the program to have the best opportunity to succeed at their study. Our dynamic program is delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles and we have designed our selection process to set our students up for success.

When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:

  1. 1    a cover letter addressing the following three criteria within one page:
  2. •    What motivates you to pursue nursing at this time?
  3. •    Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
  4. •    How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the Diploma of Nursing program?
  5.  
  6. 2    your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of two pages), detailing your education, work and voluntary experience
  7.  
  8. 3    copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.

Selection

Applicants with cover letters that address the defined criteria as published and whose CV is clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

  1. 1    Applicants will need to complete an online reading and numeracy test, answering 25 questions in about 30 minutes for each test. 
  2.  
  3. 2    Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview, and complete a writting assessment at Mater Education. 

Results of the online reading and numeracy tests will be provided to applicants as soon as practicable after completion.

Mater Education treats all potential students fairly and equally in the application of selection criteria and reserves the right to select students that we believe are academically suited to the course of study.

To be a nurse you need to be responsible, physically fit, mentally alert and practical. That doesn’t mean that you need to run marathons, but you do need to be able to carry out all the physical activities associated with nursing to complete the course.

Our selection process takes into account the different ways these attributes can be demonstrated and indicate a student’s potential to succeed in the course. 


English language

To successfully complete the course you must have a sound level of English. You should also consider whether you’ll be able to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s English language skills registration standard, required to become a registered and practicing nurse after graduation. It equates to completing five years full-time equivalent education taught and assessed in English.

 

Offers

First round offers will be made in the week commencing 27 November.


If you’re offered a place

Certificates/permits
Confirmation of enrolment is subject to you completing an acceptable criminal history check (Fit2Work).

You also need a Blue Card for all clinical placements, which is free for students. We will discuss this with you if you progress to an interview, but if you have any questions about these requirements simply contact us for more information.

Immunisation
You need to be immunised, or in the process of being vaccinated, for the following communicable diseases:
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (seasonal)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough).

If you need to update your vaccinations or obtain a record of your immunisation history, see your GP. Alternatively, students will be provided with a pathology request form at orientation. Tests undertaken at Mater Pathology are free. 


Transitioning students

A transitioning applicant is someone who is (or was) enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing program at another Registered Training Organisation, but wants to enrol in Mater Education's program.
We understand how a change in circumstances can mean looking for other ways to complete your studies. You may have moved recently, or been forced to defer your studies for a time.

If you’re thinking of transferring your studies to Mater Education and applying for entry into semester two or three, you’ll need to submit:

  • an academic transcript from your current/previous provider showing your completed units of competency
  • evidence of clinical placement.

If you don’t have these results yet, you’ll need to provide them before your enrolment can be accepted.

Unfortunately not all Diploma of Nursing programs are the same, and so the documentation you provide will need to be reviewed by our Faculty to ensure you are suitable for entry into our program. You may be asked to undertake some gap training.

Computer requirements

How about online learning?
Mater Education uses a range of teaching and learning methods, including online learning. You can access this information using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

If you’d prefer to access a computer onsite, Mater has:

  • 45 dedicated computers available onsite at the UQ/Mater McAuley Library
  • designated computer training rooms
  • Diploma of Nursing student space computers
All of these computers have high-speed Internet connections.


The Diploma of Nursing area also has Wi-Fi accessibility in case you’d like to study onsite using your own devices.

The Mater Online Virtual Education System (MoVES) is our online learning platform, which provides both onsite and remote access to study and assessment guides, lecture notes and online assessment.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of computer experience. Other students are usually happy to lend a helping hand, and it’s a great way to get to know people. Besides, our Diploma of Nursing program isn’t an online course. It’s just one learning component of the overall training program.

And there’s always support available—you just need to ask.

Student success

Every student enrolled in Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing is given a great chance at a successful nursing career. Here are a few stories from recent graduates, and we hope to share your story soon.

Lyle Kitchiner
Lyle graduated with a Diploma of Nursing from Mater Education in 2014. He enrolled in our program as a mature-aged student after deciding on a career change, bringing with him valuable experience from his work in the defence force. In this video he talks about:

  • his decision to change careers and become a nurse
  • what it was like studying as a mature-aged student
  • undertaking his diploma at Mater.


 

Sarah Blake

2012 Mater Education Diploma of Nursing graduate and Queensland Training Awards VET Student of the Year, Sarah Blake, talks about:

  • why she chose to study nursing at Mater Education as a mature-aged student
  • her experience getting a job after graduating.




Megan Timms
2013 graduate and Indigenous Scholarship recipient, Megan Timms, talks about her experience studying at Mater Education.

Scholarships

Thanks to the support of Mater Foundation, Mater Education can offer rare scholarship opportunities for some eligible students from a refugee or Indigenous background. If you think you are eligible we encourage you to apply for the course and make a clear note in your application letter that you’re also applying for the scholarship.

The successful recipient will need to demonstrate satisfactory completion of each semester and continuous enrolment to retain the scholarship.

Indigenous applicants

Indigenous applicants are invited to submit an Indigenous background Scholarship application letter which outlines their cultural background (with confirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity), goals and aspirations and a copy of achievements thus far. Provide two written referee reports (one professional and one personal).
 
Selection will be via the following criteria:

  • confirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity
  • school leavers are required to have successfully completed year 12 (or equivalent) with at least a sound level of achievement in English
  • non-school leavers/mature applicants require English language and literacy skills to be able to successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing (online reading and numeracy testing and paper based writing assessment)
  • experience and merit.

 
Refugee background applicants

Applicants with a refugee background are invited to submit a refugee background scholarship application letter which outlines their cultural background, goals and aspirations and a copy of achievements thus far. Provide two written referee reports (one professional and one personal).
 
Selection will be via the following criteria:

  • arrived in Australia under the Refugee and Humanitarian program
  • school leavers are required to have successfully completed year 12 (or equivalent) with at least a sound level of achievement in English
  • non-school leavers/mature applicants require English language and literacy skills to be able to successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing
  • experience and merit.

Notes:

  • You must pass the International English Language Testing System Level Seven (IELTS) for registration as an enrolled nurse at the completion of your training as per the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's English Language proficiency requirements. In view of this, it is highly desirable to have evidence of undertaking IELTS or the Occupational English Test (OET) in the past three years.

All Diploma of Nursing students will need to obtain:

  • a criminal history check prior to commencement
  • a Blue Card
  • proof they are immunised, or in the process of being vaccinated, for the following:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella (Chicken pox)
    • Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    • Pertussis (Whooping cough)
    • Seasonal vaccinations as required.

VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans

VET FEE-HELP was previously available for eligible students.

From 1 January 2017, the Federal Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme will cease to exist, and will be replaced with the new loan scheme VET Student Loans (subject to the passing of legislation). 

For more information about the new VET Student Loans, see the Department of Education and Training website or read this Student Fact Sheet.

Mater Education will continue to accept application for our January 2017 Diploma of Nursing intake, and will update applicants about the new loan scheme as information becomes available.

FAQ

01. What do I include in my application?
To apply for the program you’ll need to submit three items:

A cover letter (one page) that addresses these three criteria within 200 words:

  • What motivates you to pursue nursing at this time?

  • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?

  • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the Diploma of Nursing program.

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (two pages) detailing your education, work and voluntary experience. Two recent referees who can report on your work and/or voluntary experience.

You also need to include copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.


02. What happens after I submit my online application?
Once you’ve submitted the necessary documentation, you’ll receive an email acknowledging your application. If you don’t receive this notification, please contact the Diploma of Nursing team to confirm whether your application has been lodged.

Applicants with cover letters that address the defined criteria as published and whose CV is clear and informative will progress to the next stage.

1. Applicants will need to complete an online reading and numeracy test, answering 25 questions in about 30 minutes for each test.

2. Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will be invited to an interview, and complete a writing assessment at Mater Education.

Results of the online reading and numeracy tests will be provided to applicants as soon as practicable after completion.

Mater Education treats all potential students fairly and equally in the application of selection criteria and reserves the right to select students that we believe are academically suited to the course of study.

Our selection process takes into account the different ways these attributes can be demonstrated and indicate a student's potential to succeed in the course.

If you’re not shortlisted for an interview you’ll be notified by email.

03. What happens if I miss the application closing date?
Applications after the closing date will not be accepted.

04. What’s involved in the interview?
The 30 minute one-on-one interview will allow you to tell us why you think you would be a good Mater Education Diploma of Nursing student, and what skills and abilities you think you would bring to the student nurse role. Interviews are one of the most effective tools in assessing those abilities, and allows us to evaluate everyone’s practical and analytical skills.

05. What do I bring to the interview?

  • Australian birth certificate, passport or Australian citizenship papers

  • Driver's license and/or Medicare card and/or healthcare card

  • Original transcripts of any previous qualifications or statements of attainment which you would like to be considered for credit

06. What happens if I can’t make an interview?
The face-to-face interview is an essential component of the Mater Education application and enrolment process. If you can’t attend an interview, then we can’t proceed with your application.

If you’re applying from interstate you’ll need to be available in Brisbane at the time of the interview. The Diploma of Nursing team will try to contact you as soon as possible so you can organise your travel arrangements.

07. When will I be notified of my interview result?
Mater Education will make first round offers in the week commencing 27 November 2016. This is the earliest that you will be offered a place in our program. Everyone who interviewed will be contacted by either phone or email.

08. What happens after I accept an offer?
Once you accept a position within the Diploma of Nursing program, you will receive an enrolment pack and be advised of the course start date. When you receive your enrolment pack you’ll need to:

  • complete and return the enrolment and AVETMISS form, obtain a unique student identifier (USI) (if you don't already have one) and return to Mater Education via email by the date specified

  • apply and pay the relevant fee for a Criminal History Check (if you don’t already have one) using Fit2Work (the enrolment pack will have more information)

09. Is the course available part-time?
Yes, Diploma of Nursing Program is available on a part-time basis.

10. Do I get a job once I’ve completed the course?
The Diploma of Nursing program gives you the education and training you need to get your qualifications, which you can then use to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse (EN). Then you can apply for any suitable positions that appeal to you, with any potential employer. To be employed as an EN at Mater you’ll need to apply for any advertised positions and follow Mater recruitment processes.

11. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
If you have any questions about Mater's Diploma of Nursing Program or the application process, please contact the Diploma of Nursing team on 07 3163 1500 or visit the contact page for alternative contact details.

Expression of interest – 2017 mid-year entry

If you are interested in the July 2017 intake for Mater Education's Diploma of Nursing course (full-time or part-time), please complete the form below and we will let you know when applications open.

If you want to apply for the January 2017 intake, applications are now open—apply online now
 

Withdrawal from a program

Students that have enrolled in a program of study are required to submit a formal, written notification of their intention to withdraw from the program by completing Mater Education’s Withdrawal Form.
 
Where students have been provided with uniforms, identification cards, and/or loan equipment or books these items must be returned to Mater Education. Diploma of Nursing students are also required to complete a clearance form as part of the withdrawal process.
 
Mater Education reserves the right to charge a student withdrawing from a course a fee for any item that has not been returned.
 
Students will not receive acknowledgement of their study e.g. statement of attainment unless all fees have been paid in full and all Mater resources provided to the student e.g. uniforms or text books are returned in good order.