Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)

Graduates of the Mater Education Diploma of Nursing program will receive an HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.

Mater Education offers an exciting opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to become an Enrolled Nurse (EN), with our popular Diploma of Nursing program.

As a Diploma of Nursing 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. You’ll gain clinical placement experience across some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals and healthcare services, and our carefully chosen hospital, aged care and community care partners.

The Diploma of Nursing program is available to study as a full-time or part-time load. The full-time program is offered quarterly (four intakes per year, commencing study in January, April, July and October); the part-time program is available once per year (commencing study in January). Applications for each intake are open for a limited time only.

Just as people from all walks of life need care, they can also make exceptional nurses. The program suits both school leavers and mature learners desiring a rewarding career change. 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.
 

This qualification is approved for subsidies under the Queensland Government’s Higher Level Skills program. Higher Level Skills provides a government subsidy to eligible Queenslanders with the aim to assist individuals gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funded by the Queensland Government you must meet eligibility criteria. For more information on the Higher Level Skills program and the eligibility criteria go to the Costs section on this page.

How to apply

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 our selection process is designed to set our students up for success.

Application process for HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
Before applying, please ensure you have read and understood the "Admission requirements & eligibility" information below. Mater Education will only enroll students who meet these eligibility requirements.
 

1. Apply online

To apply, you will need to complete an online application form, highlighting:

  • Your motivation to pursue a career in nursing.
  • Why you think the Mater Education program would suit you.
  • How you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments.

You will also need to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of two pages), detailing your education, work and voluntary experience.

Applicants who successfully address these requirements will progress to the next stage
 

2. Demonstrate competence in reading and numeracy

To advance to the selection stage, applicants must complete the Safe Work Resources VFH LLN Assessment Tool online tests for reading and numeracy. A competence at or above Exit Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) is required for both reading and numeracy.

Students will be advised as soon as practicable after assessment of the outcome of their test and that information will be provided to the Secretary, Department of Education and Training in the form, manner and by the time requested by the Secretary.
 

3. Attend interview and written exam

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend a face-to-face interview and written examination, onsite at Mater Education.

Mater Education ensures all potential students are treated fairly and equally in this process.

Nurses need to be responsible, practical, physically fit and mentally alert. 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.

This process allows us to take into account the different ways these attributes can be demonstrated and indicate a student’s potential to succeed in the course.


If you’re offered a place

Certificates and permits

Upon application for registration with AHPRA, graduates must provide results of a formal English language skills test (as required by NMBA). Mater Education will only enrol students who meet the eligibility requirements of the English language skills registration standard as required by the NMBA.

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

Immunisation

You must currently be immunised or in the process of being vaccinated (or be willing and able to immediately start the process of vaccination), for the following communicable diseases:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Seasonal vaccinations (influenza) as required.

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, however students will be responsible for any costs associated with obtaining vaccinations.


Transitioning students
We understand how a change in circumstances can mean looking for other ways to complete your studies.

If you’ve previously been enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing program at another Registered Training Organisation, and wish to transition into Mater Education's program, you may be able to apply for direct entry into semester two or three.

In addition to the selection and application process outlined above, you’ll also 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 your academic transcript yet, you’ll need to provide that evidence before your enrolment can be accepted.

Unfortunately not all Diploma of Nursing programs are the same. Our Faculty will review your documentation to ensure you prior learning is suitable for direct entry into our program. You may be asked to undertake some gap training.

Admission requirements & eligibility

To be accepted into Mater Education's Diploma of Nursing program, applicants must:

  • be 18 years of age, or have parental/guardian consent
  • have a current clear Blue Card (or eligibility to obtain)
  • have a current clear National Police Record Check
  • have an up to date immunisation/vaccination record
  • have basic computer skills
  • demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • provide evidence of meeting at least one of the English language standards (listed below) prior to enrolment:

English language standards
 
  • At least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
 
  • 4 years* (full time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English, in any of the recognised countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, United States of America, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom). NOTE: Mater Education will only accept the following:
    • vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
    • tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
    • combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
    • tertiary education taught and assessed in English.
 
  • IELTS (academic module)—We only accept test results:
    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
      • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
      • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5.
 
  • OET—We will only accept test results:
    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
      • you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
      • no score in any component of the test is below C.
 
  • PTE Academic—We will only accept test results:
    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
      • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
      • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58.
 
  • TOEFL iBT—We will only accept test results:
    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for  speaking across the two sittings, and
      • no score in any of the sections is below:
        • 20 for listening
        • 19 for reading
        • 24 for writing
        • 20 for speaking.

For more information please refer to the English language skills registration standard policy for nurses and midwives on the AHPRA website.


AHPRA Registration and Eligibility Criteria (additional requirements)
You will also need to consider the following registration requirements from AHPRA before you apply:


To register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse, you must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)'s English language skills registration standard requirements at the time of your enrolment. Mater Education will only enrol students who meet the eligibility requirements of the English language skills registration standard as required by the NMBA.

Upon application for registration with AHPRA, graduates must provide results of a formal English language skills test (as required by NMBA). Mater Education will only enrol students who meet the eligibility requirements of the English language skills registration standard as required by the NMBA.

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

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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.

We now welcome four intakes per year for the full-time program, commencing study in January, April, July or October.
 

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 one intake per year for the part-time program, commencing study in January.
 

Class timetables
View the indiciative timetables for Semester One students commencing study in 2019:

Workplace experience placement

Placement areas

Workplace experience 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 workplace experience placement in specialities including:

  • acute medical
  • acute surgical
  • aged care
  • rehabilitation
  • orthopaedics
  • oncology
  • perioperative
  • maternity
  • paediatrics
  • community and at home care services.


Notes

  • Workplace experience placement days will change each semester.
  • Workplace experience placement may include 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)

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.

We remind you to consider AHPRAs registration requirements before you complete your training. While the requirements won’t prevent you from enrolling in our program, they may impact 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.

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 three 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.

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.

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.


Elective units

Students can choose two electives from the following areas:

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.

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. This unit applies to workers who are required to deliver services to people in their home or in any temporary or permanent community residence. Work may be directed under regular (direct, indirect or remote) supervision.

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.

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.

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.

 
Note:

  • While we endeavour to accommodate students’ elective preferences, we cannot guarantee that students will receive their first preference, due to the demand and availability of some electives.
  • Days of commitment may change each semester.
  • Electives are subject to review and may change. Any changes will be communicated to students.
  • The anaesthetic electives must be undertaken together and require an additional time commitment. Due to the nature of these subjects and limited placement availability, students must show demonstrated ability before being accepted into these electives.

Expression of interest

You may wish to complete an expression of interest form to receive notification of future course offerings and the relevant application periods.

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Cost

Full fee paying students: $22,800

Payment plans are available, and eligible students will be able to apply for a VET Student Loan (see below for eligibility and details) or Higher Level Skills funding (funded by the Queensland Government).

Higher Level Skills Subsidy Non-Concessional Students: $18,615
Subsidised student co-contribution: $3,102—Where students are eligible for a VET Student Loan (maximum $15,514 can be deferred) and are also eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, students must make a co-contribution of $3,102.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy Concessional Students: $17,359
Concession student co-contribution: $1,846—Where students are eligible for a VET Student Loan (maximum $15,514 can be deferred) and are also eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, students must make a co-contribution of $1,846.

View the schedule of fees for:


To be eligible for Higher Level Skills you must meet the following criteria:
  • prospective students must not have, or be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training
  • be 15 years or older
  • have completed or left secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
Students may be entitled to the concession fee if they are meet eligibility requirements for subsidised training, and:
  • are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card,
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander,
  • hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • have a disability.
For more information, visit: As a condition of enrolment, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training (see Student Survey Factsheet).

Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Higher Level Skills program once they have completed one certificate IV level or higher qualification (see Higher Level Skills FAQs).

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)
  • Any additional vaccinations you may require

Refund policies

VET Student Loans VET FEE-HELP  

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.

VET Student Loans

Eligible students may be able to apply for funding assistance via the Federal Government's VET Student Loan scheme.

For more information about the new VET Student Loans, see the Department of Education and Training website and Study Assist.

Note: VET Student Loan scheme has been effective since 1 January 2017, replacing theVET FEE-HELP scheme.

FAQs

01. What do I include in my application?

To apply for the program you’ll need to:

  • complete an online application form, highlighting:
    • Your motivation to pursue a career in nursing.
    • Why you think the Mater Education program would suit you.
    • How you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments.
  • submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum of two pages), detailing your education, work and voluntary experience.

02. What happens after I submit my online application?

You should receive a confirmation email to acknowledge we’ve received your application.

If you don’t receive this notification within 24 hours (and you’ve checked your junk mail folder), contact the Diploma of Nursing team to confirm whether your application has been received and that you have submitted the correct contact details.

You’ll then receive directions to complete two short online tests (for reading and numeracy) to assess your English language competency. Applicants must display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy to be able to study.

We’ll then be in touch to arrange a time for you to come to Mater Education for an interview, information session and 30 minute written examination.

Successful students will then be offered a place in the program.

If you’re unsuccessful in any of these stages, we will inform you as soon as possible, and where possible, provide you with advice for available gap study programs.


03. What happens if I miss the application closing date?

Applications submitted after the closing date will not be accepted for that intake, however we will be happy to consider your application as part of the next available intake.


04. What’s involved in the interview?

The interview and exam session will take approximately two-three hours.

You’ll take part in a group information session, 30 minute written exam, and one-on-one interview.

This process allows us to get to know you and understand 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.


05. What do I bring to the interview?

We’ll send a list of requirements prior to your interview, but you will also need to supply:

  • Australian birth certificate, passport or Australian citizenship papers (Mater Education does not enrol international students).
  • Driver's license and/or Medicare card and/or healthcare card if you are not an Australian citizen (e.g. if you're a permanent resident).
  • A transcript copy 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.

06. What happens if I can’t make an interview?

The 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. We 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 offers as promptly as possible, you can ask at interview when you can expect to hear from us. Everyone who interviewed will be contacted by either phone or email.

It’s important to note that places will be offered progressively throughout the application period, so early applications are encouraged to avoid disappointment.


08. What happens after I accept an offer?

Once you accept a position within the Diploma of Nursing program, you will receive an enrolment email and be advised of the course start date. Once you receive your enrolment email you’ll need to:

  • complete and return your enrolment form via email
  • login to the student portal and complete a mandatory enrolment survey (AVETMISS); you may need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if you don’t already have one
  • 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. What about computer access?

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.

Mater Education's online learning platform 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.


11. Do I get a job once I’ve completed the course?

Once you’ve graduated from the Diploma of Nursing program, you will need to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse (EN) with APRHA.

Once you’re registered, you’ll be able to apply for Mater Health’s Enrolled Nursing Graduate Program or any other suitable position that appeal to you, with any potential employer.

Mater Health’s Enrolled Nursing Graduate Program is available exclusively to Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing Graduates.

For any advertised positions at Mater however, you will need to apply and follow Mater recruitment processes.


12. 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.

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.

Scholarships are awarded on merit, and are available to eligible students commencing in the January or July intake.

If you think you are eligible we encourage you to apply for the course and make a clear note in your application form that you’re also applying for the scholarship (list under “other relevant information”).

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

All scholarship applications must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the course commencement date. No late applications will be accepted.
 

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
  • all entry requirements for acceptance into the program are met
  • 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
  • all entry requirements for acceptance into the program are met
  • experience and merit.

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) 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 workplace experience placements.


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 workplace experience 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.

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.

Mater Education Limited (MEL) will repay to any MEL student who is, or would be, enrolled in a VET unit of study, any upfront payment of VET tuition fees if the student withdraws from that unit of study on or before the relevant census date. 

Students who have requested VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loan assistance who remain enrolled after the published census date will incur a VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loan debt. Where a MEL student withdraws from a VET unit of study after the relevant census date, after consideration of any special circumstances that may apply, any refund of VET tuition fees or re-crediting of VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loan is at the discretion of MEL’s Chief Executive Officer.

You can also find more information in Mater Education's non-academic grievance policy and information about refund and re-crediting VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans in the "cost" section above.

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.
 

Jac Webster

2015 Mater Education Diploma of Nursing graduate Jac talks about why she chose to study nursing at Mater Education as a mature-aged student, and her placement experience and life now as an Enrolled Nurse at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane.


 

Katelyn Davey

2016 Diploma of Nursing graduate talks about her career as part of Mater's graduate enrolled nurse program and other opportunities provided through the Diploma of Nursing.


 

Ayesha Skeen

2016 graduate and Indigenous scholarship recipient, Ayesha Skeen, talks about her experience as a Mater Education Diploma of Nursing student.

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.