Diploma of Health Care

Taking care of the nation’s health - on track for nursing.

Key Information

Duration

2 trimesters (8 months) 
3 trimesters (12 months)

Intakes

Trimester 1, 2*


*Subject to quota. Limited places available in Trimester 2.

Location

Gold Coast Campus (Southport)

CRICOS 075186J

Fees

Domestic Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$25,250
2024 Tuition Fees: A$26,800

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Allow approximately A$500 for required vaccinations and nursing kit/uniform.

DOMESTIC INTERNATIONAL

Fees

International Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$34,500
2024 Tuition Fees: A$37,300

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Allow approximately A$500 for required vaccinations and nursing kit/uniform.

Diploma of Health Care (Nursing)

The Diploma of Health Care is your pathway to study a Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University.

You will study the core concepts of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the ways in which the body and mind develop and change across the lifespan.

Theoretical content in the classroom is brought to life through simulated practical activities in laboratory settings. Theoretical models are explored through interactive workshops in real health service settings, providing practical, experiential learning.

Pathways to a Griffith University Nursing Degree

QTAC codeDegree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*
088671/ 088691/ 0886811162Bachelor of NursingGold Coast / Logan / Nathan80 CP

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.
  • You need to meet the English Language standards specified by NMBA registration standards to meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation standards for entry into the program prior to being offered a place in the course. These standards are subject to change by the accrediting body. Language of instruction (LOI) is only granted if students can demonstrate their English language competency as per the NMBA requirements:
    • English is your primary language, and you have satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries detailed below (including at least two years between years 7 to 12). Recognised Countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. English test results must be no more than two years old.
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    • 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).

Degree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*Min. GPA requirements†
1162Bachelor of NursingGold Coast / Logan / Nathan80 CP4

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 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).
  • You need to meet the English Language standards specified by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). These standards are subject to change by the accrediting body. All international students are required to demonstrate an IELTS test (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 (no sub-score below 7.0) or equivalent level of English proficiency in English by the end of the Diploma in order to progress into the Bachelor of Nursing. English test results must be no more than two years old.
    • Language of instruction (LOI) is only granted if students can demonstrate their English language competency as per the NMBA requirements: English is your primary language, and you have satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries detailed below (including at least two years between years 7 to 12). Recognised Countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. English test results must be no more than two years old.
    • 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.

    *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).

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Where could this Diploma take me?

With further study, you can become a Registered Nurse.

Alternatively, on completion of your Bachelor of Nursing, you can choose to specialise in a range of fields, including:

  • Aged care
  • Community practice
  • Emergency
  • Intensive care
  • Medical health
  • Midwifery
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Palliative care
  • Women’s health

First Trimester

Sample Program Structure

Students who enter with an IELTS (or equivalent) < 6.0 will be required to undertake the free Language Development Modules as part of their program.

5902GCH English Language & Communication for Health

The course is designed for international students or students from a non-English speaking background, to allow them to develop English language skills relevant to the academic culture of Australian universities and to function successfully in a global nursing context. It therefore involves intensive English language practice and language immersion activities, with application to a global nursing contextualised setting.


1020GCH Academic & Professional Skills Development for Science & Technology

The course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

Employers value high-level communication skills among healthcare professionals. This is because all healthcare disciplines and workplace settings have communication practices that require advanced and efficient communication within the setting and between groups and individuals. This foundational course therefore introduces students to theoretical perspectives about communication and develops practical skills in a number of written, oral and organisational communication genres, particularly those relevant to college and university study, and employment as a healthcare professional. The knowledge and skills presented in this course will underpin students’ further work, both in their tertiary studies and in their careers as healthcare professionals. Specifically, this course assists students to develop the writing and speaking skills that underpin interpersonal communication and that are appropriate to and transferable between the college and university and healthcare settings. Students will gain an understanding of the values and norms of academic and professional communication while also developing confidence in their practical ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Professional practice in a range of health disciplines is underpinned and informed by knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology. Students investigate key foundational physiological principles, the organisational levels in the body, the structure and function of the normal human body and the relevance of such knowledge to the maintenance of human health. Changes to the body across the lifespan are also explored. Core concepts are taught using an integrated and exploratory approach to facilitate the ability of students to transfer, assimilate and utilise knowledge gained in this course to other courses within their program, and to apply what they have learnt to nursing practice. This course addresses the generic skills of the Griffith Graduate by enhancing the students’ ability to work autonomously and in teams, communicate effectively, and problem solve as well as develop professional responsibility.

Employers value high-level communication skills among healthcare professionals. This is because all healthcare disciplines and workplace settings have communication practices that require advanced and efficient communication within the setting and between groups and individuals. This foundational course therefore introduces students to theoretical perspectives about communication and develops practical skills in a number of written, oral and organisational communication genres, particularly those relevant to college and university study, and employment as a healthcare professional. The knowledge and skills presented in this course will underpin students’ further work, both in their tertiary studies and in their careers as healthcare professionals. Specifically, this course assists students to develop the writing and speaking skills that underpin interpersonal communication and that are appropriate to and transferable between the college and university and healthcare settings. Students will gain an understanding of the values and norms of academic and professional communication while also developing confidence in their practical ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Second Trimester

This course introduces students to human development and the concept of psychosocial changes across the lifespan. Students will gain an understanding of psychosocial development through childhood into adulthood and this will provide a conceptual foundation for clinical practice.

This course develops foundational pharmacology knowledge including the uses, effects, and actions of medications. Students will learn about the responsibilities of the Registered Nurse so they may apply their knowledge and implement safe medication administration practices in clinical practice.

This course further develops students' knowledge of the structure and function of the normal human body, including homeostasis in the maintenance of metabolism, normal body temperature, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Students will apply this knowledge in nursing practice.

This course develops nursing students' knowledge and clinical psychomotor skills to enable them to perform comprehensive and focused health assessments of individuals. The emphasis is on integrating knowledge with the practice of health assessment to equip students for nursing practice.

Say hello to Trish!

Trish Jones is our Program Convenor for Health Care.

"I love that we get the opportunity to implement and practise our skills in a safe environment."

 

Tianna M.
Diploma of Health Care Student

Program Rules

English language requirements for Australian students: You need to meet the English Language standards specified by NMBA registration standards to meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation standards for entry into the program prior to being offered a place in the course. These standards are subject to change by the accrediting body. Language of instruction (LOI) is only granted if students can demonstrate their English language competency as per the NMBA requirements:

  • English is your primary language, and
  • You have satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries detailed below (including at least two years between years 7 to 12). Recognised Countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. English test results must be no more than two years old.

No Change of Programs are allowed into this program. Change of Programs are only allowed into trimester 2 for Australian and New Zealand students, who will receive a new standalone offer.

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