Nursing (Diploma of Health Sciences)

Turn your care for others into a rewarding career that can make a difference.

Key Information


Stage 1: 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Stage 2: 2 Semesters (12 months)

Intake dates

Stage 1: February, June, October

Stage 2: February, July

Campus location

Curtin Bentley


Stage 1 = $16,200 ($2,025 per unit)

Stage 2 = $17,100 ($2,137.50 per unit)

Domestic International


Stage 1 = $25,800 ($3,225 per unit)

Stage 2 = $37,900 ($4,737.50 per unit)

Course overview

Make a difference in people’s lives

If you want care for others and make a difference in people’s lives whilst having a rewarding career, then nursing may be for you.

Nursing is a comprehensive area of study involving a diverse range of simulated practice and fieldwork, inter-professional learning, contemporary blended learning, and advanced clinical development.

Some of the nursing Stage 2 units will start earlier than the normal semester dates. You need to be available from the first week of January for clinical placements.

Nursing will have February only intake from 2024.

Disclaimer: This is a pathway into Curtin University’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and not an Enrolled Nursing qualification.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Careers include

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Aged Care Nurse
  • Healthcare Specialist
  • Community Nurse
  • Defence Nurse

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and one elective.


  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Studies in Society
  • Computer Skills

  • Management
  • Marketing

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units.

Semester 1




Foundations for Professional Health Practice


Human Structure and Function


Imagining Health in Social and Cultural Contexts


Evidence Informed Health Practice


Semester 2




Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours


Integrated Systems, Anatomy & Physiology


Inquiry for Chronic Care*


Foundations of Clinical Practice*

*Service Taught Units are units where Curtin College students join Curtin University students in the same classroom. Such units are taught by university staff and Curtin College students will be enrolled as Curtin University students. Curtin University Policies and Processes will apply to these units. 

Nursing Diploma of Health Science (Core Units – Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university.
Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

An introduction to sociological and anthropological perspectives on health, illness and disability in society; biomedical and social models of health. Understanding of health and illness for nurses and allied health professionals in social and cultural contexts; traditional healing systems. Marginalised populations: understanding the intersections of cultural heritage, socio-economic status, gender, sexuality, and disability and their impact upon health. Cultural security, safety and competence. Health of migrants, refugees and internally displaced peoples; historical and contemporary context in Australia and globally. Humanitarian health care delivery and disaster relief; human rights, social justice and health; community development in national and international settings.

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively/in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

An integrated approach to the study of body systems correlating structure and function of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems together with their endocrine and neural control. Students will investigate the interaction of these systems in normal body functioning and in selected altered body states.

Students investigate the nurse’s role within the health care team across different levels of care. Students engage in problem solving and clinical decision-making in nursing with reference to the nursing process; assessment; planning; implementation; evaluation; discharge planning and documentation; relevant to scope of practice. This unit covers planning and implementation of best-practice nursing care within clinical contexts. There is a focus on person-centred, integrated health care and self-management including chronic conditions and mental health. Students apply professional standards and behaviours to collaboration within the interprofessional health care team.

Nursing practice development. Nursing history. Reflective practice. Regulatory practice – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Australian Nurses and Midwifery Accreditation Council and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Introduction to nursing processes, scope of practice and decision making framework. Introduction to physical and mental health assessment across the lifespan, including consideration of child development and healthy ageing. Apply a functional health approach to subjective data collection and documentation. Development of baseline assessment skills, and introduction to standard precautions, including hand hygiene. Communication theory and application in nursing practice. Development of problem solving; the use of Clinical Practice Assessment Tool. Introduction to medication mathematics. Fundamental/basic nursing care based on current best practice, quality outcomes, patient self care/independence. Manual handling.