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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 HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing).

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 midyear) and one intake per year for the part-time course (early), 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 & 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.

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 (February)
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:

Cost

2016 intake course fees are $21,500.
The course fees are the same whether you choose to study full-time or part-time. Mater Education offers a payment plan for students who want to pay all of part of their course fee upfront.
2016 Schedule of Tuition Fees (January - June)
2016 Schedule of Tuition Fees (July - December)
VET FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.
Higher Level Skills subsidy is available for eligible students.

If you're eligible for the subsidy, your fees can be reduced to:
Subsidised full course fee: $17,560
Concession full course fee: $16,378

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidy if you are:

  • resident in Queensland
  • 15 years or over and no longer at school
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian visa holders).
You must not have or be enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training).


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)
You are responsible for any expenses relating to vaccination, demonstrating immunity, and criminal history checks, including 'Fit2Work' requirements ($29)

New Zealand SCV holders
VET FEE-HELP loans will become available to eligible NZ SCV holders from 1 January 2016 (for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2016). 

If you hold a New Zealand SCV you will be able to access VET FEE-HELP loans, 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

Diploma of Nursing is comprised of 21 core units and five elective units:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status
This competency unit describes the detailed level of anatomy and physiology knowledge required to confirm physical health status.

HLTEN401B Work in the nursing profession
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to practice as a nursing professional with clients across the lifespan in a range of health care environments, including:

  • acute care
  • community care
  • mental health
  • aged care
  • medical/surgical.

HLTEN502B Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in complex situations and its application to:

  • nursing practice
  • the function and purpose of small groups
  • meeting procedures
  • the dynamics of group work and evaluation as a tool for continuous improvement.

HLTEN503B Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge an enrolled nurse needs to contribute to developing individualised health care plans by collecting data captured during a client's preliminary and ongoing health assessments. Assessment is based on a lifespan approach.

HLTEN504C Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care
This competency unit describes the knowledge and skills needed to implement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments.

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed for workers to comply with infection control policies and procedures.

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
This competency unit describes the cultural awareness needed for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
This competency unit describes the communication, work practice skills and knowledge needed to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health industry context.

It deals specifically with cross-cultural awareness and issues involving working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities.

HLTEN516B Apply understanding of the Australian health care system
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to function independently in developing strategies to practice within the current and future healthcare environment, taking into account the Australian health care system.

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
This competency unit describes the workplace performance required from an employee to contribute to WHS processes where they:

  • are responsible for their own work outputs
  • may have limited responsibility for the work output of others.

HLTEN508B Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge the enrolled nurse needs to demonstrate nursing practice in a contemporary health environment using critical thinking, analysis and reflective practice.

HLTFA311A Apply first aid (* Pre-requisite for entry into the program)
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to provide:

  • first aid response
  • life support
  • management of casualties, the incident and other first aiders
  • until medical or other assistance arrives.

HLTEN515B Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge the enrolled nurse needs to perform nursing interventions to support the health care needs of the older person in both acute care settings and residential aged care environments.

HLTAP501C Analyse health information
This competency unit describes how to apply the in-depth level of anatomy and physiology knowledge needed to analyse available health information relating to specific services being provided.

HLTEN505C Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients
This competency unit describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide nursing care for clients with complex needs.

HLTEN513B Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to the care of the client with a chronic illness by performing nursing interventions that support the client’s needs and help maintain an optimal lifestyle.

HLTEN512B Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with acute health problems
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge enrolled nurses need to contribute to the care of the person with an acute health problem by performing nursing interventions that support their health care needs and help them regain optimal function and lifestyle.

HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medications in the work environment
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge enrolled nurses need to administer and monitor medications and evaluate their effectiveness for clients within a health environment.

HLTEN506B Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
This competency unit describes how enrolled nurses apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of clients with varying types of wounds.

HLTEN509B Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
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 all of these compulsory units:

HLTEN519C Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge enrolled nurses need to administer and monitor intravenous medications and their effectiveness for clients within the nursing context.

BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness
This competency unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge needed to promote teamwork. It involves:

  • developing team plans to meet expected outcomes
  • leading the work team
  • proactively working with the management of the organisation.

HLTAN510C Use advanced health terminology in a professional context
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to use appropriate health terminology when:

  • reading or writing reports
  • communicating with clients, their families and other health professionals.


Elective Units

Students can choose two electives from the following areas:

HLTEN511B Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to provide palliative care to both clients with a life-limiting illnesses and their families.

HLTEN520B Contribute to the care of mothers and babies
The competency unit describes the knowledge and skills needed by an enrolled nurse working in the area of providing care to mothers and babies in a range of settings such as:

  • post-natal
  • low-risk nursery
  • child and family health
  • paediatric settings.

HLTEN614B Practise in the paediatric nursing environment

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge needed to provide care to ill children and their families.

HLTEN611B Apply principles in diabetic nursing care
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to apply the principles of diabetic nursing care, which build on existing skills that enable the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse to provide holistic nursing care and maintain optimal health.

HLTEN612B Practise in the perioperative nursing environment
This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of cardiovascular nursing care, which build on existing skills that enable the enrolled nurse to provide holistic nursing care. Enrolled nurses use a range of complex nursing interventions to help clients and their significant others attain and maintain optimal cardiovascular health.

HLTEN620B Practise in first line emergency nursing
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge needed to practice more effectively and efficiently within the emergency environment.


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
  • critical care
  • emergency.


Notes

  • Clinical placement days will change each semester.
  • Clinical placement will include day and evening 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

  • Two weeks (five days per week) aged care - providers throughout Brisbane
  • One week (five days) - Mater wards

Semester 2 = 120 hours of clinical placement 

  • One week (five days) - Mater wards
  • Two weeks (five days per week) (continuing previous placement)

Semester 3 = 160 hours of clinical placement

  • Four days of elective placement
  • 3.2 weeks (five days per week plus one additional day) - Mater wards

Program Aims & 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) National Enrolled Nurse standards of practice. The program ensures the central focus is on enrolled nursing practice and providing competent, safe and 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) standards of 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 & How to Apply

Applications for HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) 

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. 2    your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of two pages), detailing your education, work and voluntary experience
  6. 3    copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed 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    They will need to complete an online reading and numeracy test, answering 25 questions in about 30 minutes for each test (reading and numeracy). 
  2. 2    Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will then be invited to an interview, and complete a written assessment at Mater Education. 

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

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 skills 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.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has recently revised the standard to ensure enrolled nurses have demonstrated English language proficiency. You can find more information on its website.

If you’re offered a place

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

You will also need a current First Aid Certificate with CPR component before starting the program. We expect you to stay current in CPR and First Aid, and provide evidence to that effect throughout the program.

You 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.

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 at the library
  • designated computer training rooms
  • the Diploma of Nursing student space.
  • 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;
  •  Completed a current First Aid Certificate with CPR component; and
  •  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;
  •  Completed a current First Aid Certificate with CPR component; and
  •  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 on 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

VET FEE-HELP is available to eligible students. For more information, watch the video and check out the links below:

 

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

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

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

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 skills 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 15 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?
You must bring a current form of photo identification such as your:

  • passport

  • drivers licence

  • student card.

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?
The Diploma of Nursing recruitment team will contact you within two weeks of completing the interview process. If you’re successful we’ll contact you by email and phone. If you weren’t successful, we’ll notify you by 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 form by the date specified to secure a position in the program

  • commence any immunisation requirements 

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

  • attain your First Aid Certificate (if you don’t already have one) and ensure the CPR component is current

  • provide evidence of completing any prerequisites to the Diploma of Nursing team, if you already have your First Aid Certificate with CPR component.

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 the Mater Health Services 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 program

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.