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Diploma of Health Care

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

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

Tianna M.,

Diploma of Health Care Student



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


Trimester 1, 2*
Key dates


Southport (Gold Coast)

Health Care overview

In the Diploma of Health Care 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, and while simulated, real health service settings provide practical, experiential learning.

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Please note: limited places for the standalone Diploma of Health Care are available for Trimester 2, 2022 for Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents only. Submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Graduates will need to apply for a Bachelor of Nursing position at university upon completion (see graphic below).

Pathways to a Griffith University Nursing Degree

Domestic students (QTAC codes included)
International students

Where could this diploma take me?

Registered nurse – with further study, or on completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, you can choose to specialise in a range of fields such as aged care, community practice, emergency, intensive care, medical health, midwifery, oncology, pediatrics, palliative care, and women’s health.

Diploma of Health Care planning COVID-19 for 2022

Due to restrictions around capped numbers, closed borders and less opportunity for clinical placements throughout 2020 – 2021 the College  put some strategies in place to ensure we have opportunities for both packaged and unpackaged students to study nursing.

This included some opportunity to study a set number of theoretical courses while offshore and then to come to Australia to complete all remaining courses on campus. This agreement is legislated by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is now extended until 30th June 2022.

Now that borders are open it is a requirement that students who can arrive in Australia undertake their study in Australia as stipulated in the ANAMC Registered Nurse and Midwife Accreditation Standards.

The College has excellent contingency plans in case of local lockdown events or for the occasions when students are unwell and should not attend a face to face class. The Digital Campus provides all content and class requirements to meet this need.

Digital Campus for current students

Sample program structure

First trimester

5902GCH English Language & Communication for Health* OR 1020GCH Academic & Professional Skills Development for Science & Technology†

5902GCH English Language & Communication for Health


1020GCH Academic & Professional Skills Development for Science & Technology



1803NRS Foundations of Professional Health Care Practice
1805NRS Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
1806NRS Communicating Effectively

Second trimester

1804NRS Psychosocial Development Across the Lifespan
1807NRS Safe Administration of Medications
1808NRS Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
1810NRS Health Assessment

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.

*Trimester 2 is only available as a standalone option for Australian and New Zealand students.

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.


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


Trimester 1, 2*
Key dates


Southport (Gold Coast)
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