Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study, demonstrated knowledge and skills, and/or work history.
Some additional criteria also apply:
* Note: Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently unable to hold supervised testing sessions. All BKSB testing will be held remotely until we are able to resume on-campus activities.
- satisfactory completion of VCE, with a minimum score of 20 for English or 25 in EAL and satisfactory score for Units 1 and 2 in Maths or
- ACSF Exit Level 3 (working at Level 4), or above, in both Reading and Numeracy as determined at a supervised BKSB testing session conducted at Swinburne.
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
- Extended education pathway - you have completed 5 years (or more) full-time equivalent continuous education taught and assessed in English, of which, at least 1.5 years will include this vocational qualification (Diploma of Nursing), in any of the recognised countries* Example: Secondary education completed January 2015 – December 2019 (5 years), vocational qualification (Diploma of Nursing) will complete February 2020 – August 2021 (1.5 years) = 6.5 years of full-time equivalent continuous education.
- 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, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America.
National Police Check with no disclosable offences, to be obtained at least 10 weeks prior to clinical placement commencement.
*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.
Working with Children Check (Volunteer or employee) for the duration of the program.
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 include the following:
Measles / Mumps / Rubella
Diphtheria / Tetanus/ Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B
Influenza (Annual requirement)
Tuberculosis Screening – QuantiFERON Gold test (Annual requirement)
For more information about the minimum immunisation requirements please download the Vaccination for healthcare workers
information.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.
Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply.