Nursing is a respected and growing industry that is essential for the health of the community. Our Diploma course prepares you to work in various health settings; including mental health, aged care, and hospitals.

CIT’s Diploma of Nursing is fully accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). This means, when you complete your studies at CIT, you will be eligible to apply for your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration to become an Enrolled Nurse right away!

Industry Placement

Mandatory clinical industry placement experience (minimum 440 unpaid hours in total) will be provided in areas such as acute care, aged care, mental health rehabilitation, community nursing, diabetic and wound clinics, primary health and palliative care. The hours generally are broken up into blocks of 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks throughout the 3 semesters.

Why study nursing at cit?

  • State-of-the-art, on-campus training hospital facility
  • Clinical industry placement fully coordinated by CIT
  • Fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
  • Be eligible to apply for your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration to become an Enrolled Nurse right away!
  • Many job opportunities in Canberra and throughout Australia

Use your mouse on the video below to get a 360` look at CIT's Nursing Lab.

  • Course Details

    Diploma of Nursing | HLT54115
    CRICOS: 094478F

  • Course Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1.5 years
    Diploma of Nursing: 1.5 years

  • Course Intake

    2022 Semester 1 (February, April) and Semester 2 (July, October^)

    2023 Semester 1^ (February, April) and Semester 2^ (July, October)

    ^Applicants who hold or are applying for studies with CIT on a 500 visa are not eligible to study in 2022 October, or any intakes in 2023.

  • Course Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2022: $7,250 per semester

    2023: $7,450 per semester

    Extra Fees:

    Material fees: $5,431 approx., Textbooks: $800 approx., First Aid Training: $150– $250, Police check from the Australian Federal Police*: $45, Nursing Kit: $150 approx., Uniform: $150 approx., Working With Vulnerable People Check: $135 approx.

    *Please note a police check with a disclosure may prevent Industry Placement and therefore affect your entry and/or progress in the course.

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2023 fees are subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent) with at least a “C” grade average in English and Maths (completed within the last 10 years)
    • Numeracy test - the college will email the Numeracy test information to you after you submit your application with CIT International
    • A police check – from the Australian Federal Police for “Code 8” - Hospital Employment ($45 approx)
    • A letter from a General Practitioner confirming fitness to work as a nurse (cost of a general consultation) - please use letter from this link GP letter (PDF)
    • Evidence of current immunisation status for the following: Tuberculosis (TB), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (Chicken pox), hepatitis B with titre, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus and influenza (up to $400 approx.)
    • You will need to show evidence of your COVID-19 vaccine
    • A current Senior First Aid Certificate (achieves National Unit of Competency First Aid HLTAID003 or HLTAID011) ($150-$250 approx.)
    • An ACT Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Card

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

    • IELTS: 7.0 overall (Academic) (no band score less than 7.0)
    • TOEFL iBT - 94 (minimum scores in each section: listening - 24, reading - 24, writing - 27, speaking - 23)
    • PTE Academic - 65 (minimum of 65 in each band)
    • Occupational English Test (OET): minimum score of B across all components

    Students who achieve an IELTS 6.5 (Academic) can apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) which may provide a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing.

    Students who achieve an IELTS 6.0 (Academic) can apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support which may provide a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing.

    Upon completion of the Aged Care program, students are required to sit an IELTS test and meet the Nursing entry requirement (Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0).

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Nursing | HLT54115 - 25 subjects

    Complete all subjects in each stage before moving to the next stage. This course has a mandatory industry placement. Studies cannot be undertaken without concurrent professional placement experience.

    Core Stage 1: Complete 9 subjects

    • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    • HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
    • HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
    • HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
    • HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
    • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person

    Core Stage 2: Complete 8 subjects

    • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
    • HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
    • HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
    • HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
    • HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
    • HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
    • HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
    • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

    Core Stage 3: Complete 3 subjects

    • HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
    • HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

    Electives Stage 1: Complete 2 subjects

    • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

    Electives Stage 2: Complete 1 subject

    • HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice

    Electives Stage 3: Complete 2 subjects

    • HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
    • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • Likely Job Outcome

    This program prepares you to work in a variety of health settings, including mental health, aged care, and hospitals. On completion of this qualification, you may apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to be considered for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Study is conducted in the Simulated Work Environment (SLE) where students will practice skills and perform assessments prior to industry placements, for example, personal care, manual handling, performing vital signs and administering medications. Study modes also include clinical placements (work experience), self-directed learning and online learning and student engagement through e-Learn.

    Students are assessed in various ways. Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout a course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks. Assessment outcomes may be based on demonstrating competence in various clinical skills, successfully completing theory based quizzes and assignments and projects, or a combination of all four assessment methods.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university. If you successfully complete your CIT qualification and gain entry into the university below, you will receive the following:

    University of Canberra (UC)

    • Diploma of Nursing (SIT50416) = 24 credit points (1 year) towards UC’s Bachelor of Nursing (364JA.1)
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      We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.

    Diploma of Nursing (1.5 years)
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available