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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.

Disclaimer: This is a pathway into Curtin University’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and not an Enrolled Nursing qualification. International Offshore Students can complete a MAXIMUM of 4 stage 2 units online as per Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) requirements.


Leading to

Bachelor of Science


Careers include

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


If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and two elective units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Information & Media Technologies

Elective Units (Select two)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture & Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Imagining Health in Social & Cultural Contexts
  • Indigenous Cultures & Health Behaviours
  • Integrated Systems, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Inquiry for Chronic Care
  • Foundations of Clinical Skills (unit not available online)

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

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

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.

Foundations for Professional Health

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.

Human Structure and Function

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.

Imagining Health in Social & Cultural Contexts

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.

Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours

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.

Integrated Systems, Anatomy & Physiology

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.

Inquiry for Chronic Care

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.

Foundations of Clinical Skills (unit not available online)

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.


2022 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,950 15,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 2,050 16,400

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,487.50 35,900

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 60 OR AQF Certificate IV* OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

*Excludes Certificate IV in English qualifications

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 3 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 22 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College


The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMAC) have revised the English accreditation standards for all Registered Nursing programs within Australia. This upcoming accreditation and nursing registration changes will become effective in 2020 for all Australian university registered nursing programs.

To ensure our pathway nursing programs accommodate and reflect the new standards, the English entry requirements into the Diploma of Health Science (Nursing) has been raised to an IELTS of 6.5 with no band below 6.5 (or equivalent).

In addition, to progress into the 2nd year of the Bachelor Degree at Curtin University, all students are now required to demonstrate English proficiency of IELTS of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) or comparable scores in OET, PTE and TOEFL.

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English Requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
February | July

Note: This course has limited places available.


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) at Curtin University.

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