English language requirements
The Diploma of Nursing has program entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this program must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program.
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
- English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
- You have successfully completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country that is a combination of:
a) tertiary and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
b) tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
c) combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and
assessed in English; or
d) tertiary education taught and assessed in English
- The last period of education must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for registration.
- Test pathways – below is a list of the approved tests and the minimum scores required:
- IELTS (academic Module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
- OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components
- PTE (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking
* Recognised countries include Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of placement
- NDIS Worker Screening Check – this process includes a National Police Check**
- Working with Children Check (Volunteer or Employee) for the duration of the program.
**If a candidate believes there would be a disclosable issue on their National Police Check, a confidential conversation will be required prior to enrolment to determine suitability for work within the healthcare environment.
This course requires up-to-date evidence of immunisations. If you are not willing to provide up-to-date evidence, you may not be eligible to complete this program.
Immunisation requirements may include the following:
- Measles / Mumps / Rubella
- Diphtheria / Tetanus/ Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Annual requirement)
- Tuberculosis Screening – QuantiFERON Gold test
For more information about the minimum immunisation requirements please download the:
Additional immunisations may be required in response to any changes in Government policy or the specific requirements of the organisation you attend for your clinical placement. Further information will be provided at the commencement of the course.
Informed Choices Statement
View the Informed Choices statement, which provides information about the inherent requirements of nursing, specifically the essential physical and behavioural abilities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in nursing and progress to a career in this field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.