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Advanced Diploma in Nursing

Available at

  • Brisbane Campus Qld
  • Melbourne Campus Vic
  • North Sydney Campus NSW

80 cp
Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.


February (first semester)

July (second semester) - QLD and VIC only

Admission Requirements

Overall score of Academic IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in each band) and High School Graduation (with a minimum of 50% pass) plus a post-high school nursing qualification recognised by the relevant ACU National School of Nursing & Midwifery

Course Aims

The Advanced Diploma in Nursing is intended for students who have a qualification in nursing, or related discipline, at an appropriate level.  The course aims to further develop students' English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in order to successfully enter and complete the Bachelor of Nursing. 

It should be noted that the Advanced Diploma in Nursing is not intended as professionally qualifying award course in its own right.

The Advanced Diploma in Nursing has been designed with mixed-mode delivery. International students have the opportunity to study some subjects together with local Australian students.  They also benefit from closed classes in certain subjects for international students only, whereby lecturers can pay special attention to their study needs.  Students follow the same academic structure as other university students, undertaking four subjects per semester, eight subjects in total for the year.


Assessment at Australian Catholic University may include a range of methods such as formal end of semester examinations, continuous assessment throughout the semester, written assignments, essays and field trips/projects. Students will be advised at the commencement of their studies as to what methods will be used.

Course Completion Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 80 credit points within the Diploma in Nursing, consisting of:

  • ACOM103 English for Academic Purposes (10cp)
  • ACOM105 English Language Communication Skills (10cp)
  • ACOM107 Australian Society (10cp)
  • ACOM108 Nursing English 1 (10cp)
  • ACOM208 Nursing English 2 (10cp)
  • Three Bachelor of Nursing units (30cp)

Pathway Information

The Advanced Diploma in Nursing is designed to serve as an alternate entry point into the Bachelor of Nursing.

Students who do not meet the English requirement for direct entry into the Degree program may enter through the successful completion of the Advanced Diploma program. When students continue onto the Bachelor of Nursing they will be granted 30 credit points towards their Degree studies.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing course, graduands are eligible to seek immediate registration as Registered Nurses with the relevant State Nurse's Registration Authority. 

Please note that registration as a nurse in Australia is dependent upon meeting criteria of the relevant registering authority.  Students are advised to discuss their eligibility with the Course Coordinator and the local registration authority.  The Queensland Nursing Council and the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Board require an IELTS score of 7.0 for registration.

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