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Diploma of Nursing

HLT54115

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to become an Enrolled Nurse (EN) with Mater Education’s Diploma of Nursing program. As a Diploma of Nursing student, you’ll gain contemporary theoretical knowledge and best-practice clinical skills while studying and training in a world-class clinical simulation facility.

This hands-on nursing program is taught by our highly qualified and experienced educators, where you'll gain workplace experience across some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals, healthcare services, aged care centres and community care partners.

The Diploma of Nursing program is offered at our Brisbane and Townsville campuses, with classes hosted both on-campus and online, offering flexibility to our students who are balancing study with work and other commitments. Students attend classes three days per week: one day in the simulation lab and two in theory classes.

Start making a difference by enrolling online today. 

Course information

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

    • be a minimum of 18 years of age or older upon completion of the qualification (students entering into an 18 month full-time qualification must be 16 years and 6 months old on day one of the course) .
    • additional entry requirement for school leavers, including a pass in English and Math at year 10 level (a school leaver is defined as a young person who is about to leave school or who has left school in the previous year).
    • hold a current, nationally recognised certificate in: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid with HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. First Aid and CPR certificates must be current for the duration of enrolment in the program;
    • be eligible to obtain a Blue Card if required;
    • undertake a criminal history check at enrolment and if required for workplace placement, at 12 months post-enrolment and 24 months post-enrolment for part time students;
    • have an up to date immunisation/vaccination record;
    • have basic computer skills;
    • demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy skills at or above Exit Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF);
    • understand and meet the Inherent Requirements outlining the behaviours, capabilities, knowledge and skills required to successfully complete the program;
    • provide evidence of meeting at least one of the English language standards (listed below) prior to enrolment;
    • have access to a laptop or portable device with internet access. To ensure access to all online training material, it is highly recommended that this device has a camera. 

    Read more about resource requirements here.


    English language standards

    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 into the Diploma of Nursing program who meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s English Language Standards via one of the pathways listed below.

    1. Primary language pathway

    English is your primary language and you have attended at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in 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.  

    2. Test pathway

    • 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.

    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.


Vocational placement

Mater Education has a dedicated Placement Coordinator who will make arrangements for your mandatory placement as part of this program. You will undertake 400 hours of workplace experience placement in specialties including:

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

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  • 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.

    Please note, your tuition fees must be up to date to receive your Diploma qualification and register with AHPRA. If receipt of your qualification is delayed, you may need to pay additional registration fees to AHPRA.

    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.

    Pathways to university

    Mater Education and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine have an agreement allowing 10 Mater Education Diploma of Nursing graduates to be accepted by direct entry into the ACU Bachelor of Nursing per year.

    To find out more about where the Diploma of Nursing can take you, watch our Qualification Overview video.


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