• Provides a pathway into QUT's Bachelor of Nursing.
  • Develop academic and English language skills for successful study in the Bachelor degree program.
  • Successful graduates will receive up to 7 units of credit for prior learning (advanced standing) towards the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Why choose this course?

Studying Diploma in Health Science (Nursing) at the QUT College will fast-track your entry into QUT's Bachelor of Nursing (NS42). You will develop academic skills which will help you become more confident with your university studies and dramatically improve your English skills, all while enjoying a complete university experience. Successful graduates will be better prepared to enter QUT’s Bachelor of Nursing.

You will learn through university style lectures, tutorials and workshops with a focus on the development of independent learning skills. Smaller class sizes mean you get more individual attention from your teachers.

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What to expect

The Diploma in Health Science (Nursing) is a premium pathway into QUT’s Bachelor of Nursing (NS42). This Diploma prepares you to meet the requirements for entry into QUT's Bachelor of Nursing degree.

  • Study on campus as a QUT student with access to all services and facilities across the University.
  • On completion with the required results, receive a guaranteed place in Bachelor of Nursing with 7 units of advanced standing.
  • Study first year academic content.
  • Benefit from an interactive learning environment, with small classes and more contact hours.
  • Receive additional academic and language support providing a smooth transition into the Faculty of Health.
  • Develop academic English language skills.



Careers and outcomes

Course articulation

Progression to your related bachelor course

To progress into QUT's Bachelor of Nursing you will need to meet the conditions listed in your offer letter, including:

  • successful completion of the Diploma of Health Science (Nursing) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.5 on a 7-point scale

If you are going to progress into the Bachelor of Nursing course, you will need to take one of the approved English language tests in order to meet the English language proficiency requirements. To improve your academic English language skills to achieve an IELTS 7.0 (sub-scores 7.0), we offer an IELTS Advanced program.

To find more information regarding the progression requirements, refer to the 'Requirements' tab for your chosen Bachelor degree, and select 'Australia' from the country list.

Advanced Standing

After successful completion of the Diploma in Health Science (Nursing), you are eligible for 84 credit points (7 units) of advanced standing towards Bachelor of Nursing (NS42).

It will take 2 years to complete:

  • July entry into Bachelor of Nursing: 2 years (includes 1 summer semester)

It will take 2.5 years to complete:

  • February entry into Bachelor of Nursing: 2.5 years (including 1 summer semester)

Details and units


ATAR/selection rank threshold

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2022.

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Course code
  • Kelvin Grove
8 - 12 months full-time
February and July
Duration: 12 months full-time for February start; 8 months full-time for July start.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

ATAR/selection rank

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
169 162 162 162 162
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 71 12 14 18 16
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 50 46 46 46 46
Duolingo English Test (DET)
You must share your results with QUT through the Duolingo online website.
100 and Production Score of 80 -- -- -- --

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2022 fees

2022 fees

2022: $28,122 per course (96 credit points)

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