Taking care of the nation’s health

The health industry in Australia is booming and there is an ever increasing need for qualified nursing and medical staff.  The Diploma of Health Care prepares you for entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University. You will also gain knowledge and skills essential for beginner level employment in the health care industry.

Key info

Campus:                 Gold Coast

Duration:                 2 trimesters (8 months) or 3 trimesters (12 months)*

Intakes:                   Trimester 1 and 2

2018 fees:              A$20,900#

#You should also allow approximately A$500 for required vaccinations and nursing kit/uniforms.

Campus:                Gold Coast

Duration:                2 trimesters (8 months) or 3 trimesters (12 months)*

Intakes:                  Trimester 1 and 2

CRICOS:                075186J

2018 fees:             A$28,500#

#You should also allow approximately A$500 for required vaccinations and nursing kit/uniforms.

Program structure

First trimester

  • Academic and Professional Skills Development for Science and Technology OR English Language and Communication for Health^
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Foundations of Professional Health Care Practice
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

Second trimester

  • Psychosocial Development across the Lifespan
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Health Assessment
  • Safe Administration of Medications

^Domestic students whose first language is not English, and International students who enter with an IELTS <7.0 (or equivalent)

Pathway options

If you successfully complete the Diploma of Health Care, and meet the conditions set out below, you will enter the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University (providing you with 80 credit points of exemption towards completion of the 240 credit point degree).

  • Progression to the Bachelor of Nursing from the Diploma of Health Care is subject to quota restrictions and is determined on the basis of academic merit. Selection is competitive as the number of eligible graduates generally exceeds the 100 places available annually to College graduates.
  • At a minimum, to be considered in the quota selection, you will need to complete the Diploma with a GPA equivalent to Griffith University’s rank requirement for direct entry to the Bachelor of Nursing. Contact Griffith College for GPA to rank equivalencies.
  • If you are selected for a place in the Bachelor of Nursing, you will be required to commence your degree approximately six weeks prior to the start of the University’s first trimester, to undertake the intensive course 1809NRS Effective Nursing Practices. As this involves clinical placement, eligibility for enrolment is dependent on successful completion, within the Diploma, of a set of mandatory requirements such as pre-placement orientation, health and security checks, immunisations, and acquiring additional clothing/ equipment+. Full details will be provided at orientation.
  • When you accept a Diploma of Health Care / Bachelor of Nursing package you agree to a specific bachelor commencement date and as such it will be for that intake, if eligible, you will be considered as part of the bachelor quota. As you progress through your diploma studies, if for any reason you find that you will not be able to commence your bachelor at the expected time (notwithstanding other eligibility conditions), you must consult with the College, and your progression will be adjusted accordingly. Reasons that may result in a change to your original bachelor start date may include: a temporary withdrawal from your diploma; a temporary leave of absence; a reduction in your diploma study load, a requirement to repeat a course/s.

+You will be required to purchase additional clothing and equipment as well as cover costs associated with immunisation and pre-placement checks. If you do not satisfy preplacement checks you may be prevented from undertaking further components of the Diploma.

If you successfully complete the Diploma of Health Care, and meet the conditions set out below, you will enter the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University (providing you with 80 credit points of exemption towards completion of the 240 credit point degree).

  • Progression to the Bachelor of Nursing from the Diploma of Health Care is subject to quota restrictions and is determined on the basis of academic merit. Selection is competitive as the number of eligible graduates generally exceeds the 100 places available annually to College graduates.
  • At a minimum, you need to complete the Diploma with a GPA of at least 4.0 (on a 7 scale) to be considered in the quota selection.
  • If you are selected for a place in the Bachelor of Nursing, you will be required to commence your degree approximately six weeks prior to the start of the University’s first trimester, to undertake the intensive course 1809NRS Effective Nursing Practices. As this course involves clinical placement, eligibility for enrolment is dependent on successful completion, within the Diploma, of a set of mandatory requirements such as pre-placement orientation, health and security checks, immunisations, and acquiring additional clothing/ equipment+. Full details will be provided at Orientation.
  • When you accept a Diploma of Health Care / Bachelor of Nursing package you agree to a specific bachelor commencement date and as such it will be for that intake, if eligible, you will be considered as part of the bachelor quota. As you progress through your diploma studies, if for any reason you find that you will not be able to commence your bachelor at the expected time (notwithstanding other eligibility conditions), you must consult with the College, and your progression will be adjusted accordingly. Reasons that may result in a change to your original bachelor start date may include: a temporary withdrawal from your diploma; a temporary leave of absence; a reduction in your diploma study load, a requirement to repeat a course/s.

+ To expedite the process for completing ‘mandatory requirements for clinical practice you should: apply for a National Police Clearance from your home country, prior to departure; allow $500 to fund these requirements; and attend the information session at Orientation week which provides details of these requirements.

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CHELSEA SHERRARD-SMITH

“I had heard from friends that Griffith College was a great introduction to university life and my experiences have certainly lived up to expectations. The smaller class sizes are more personalised  and it is a great environment to learn in. I have had fantastic relationships and support from both my teachers and peers at the College and these people have all helped me achieve my goals and full potential.”

Esther Akinade and Goodness Astasie

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POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS FOR DEGREE GRADUATES

Registered Nurse

With further study or experience, a nurse may choose to specialise in a range of fields such as aged care, emergency, oncology, paediatrics, midwifery, palliative care, intensive care, medical/surgical, community practice or women’s health. Degree graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse (RN) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. All university nursing graduates who seek registration and are identified as having English as a second language will be required to meet English language testing requirements. International students should contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for information regarding English language competency requirements.