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Start a rewarding career in the health services industry

Gain the skills, knowledge and training to assist health professionals caring for clients such as nursing staff and ward clerks. You will give direct care to patients including showering, bathing, hair washing, shaving, mouth and denture care, and skin, eye and ear care. Additionally, you will also assist with toileting, removal and cleaning of bedpans and urinals, repositioning, general ward ambulation, and support mobilisation. Graduates can choose to continue onto the Diploma of Nursing or start a rewarding career in the health services industry. Course details

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Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

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Lisa Levi

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Life's good in Cairns. It’s great hanging out on the campus with lots of people from all over the world. It’s not hard to make friends here, once you say hello to people they open up to you and be friendly and want to hang out. There are lots of beaches and beautiful restaurants and cafes, I like to go out and have dinner or have barbeques on the beach and go swimming. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Lisa Levi
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland North

Study Nursing at TAFE

Put the care in career

Gain the theoretical and practical skills necessary to become an Enrolled Nurse in a range of health care environments. You'll put your skills into practice in a simulated clinical ward with state of the art equipment followed by on-the-job clinical experience working as part of a team under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

Launch your global career in Australia

Lisa, Diploma of Nursing

Lisa decided to follow in the footsteps of her sister to become a nurse. Once she completes her nursing diploma at TAFE Queensland North, Lisa plans on working as an Enrolled Nurse while completing her Bachelor of Nursing to become a fully qualified Registered Nurse.

Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Pimlico, Townsville
Full Time Classroom 16/07/2018

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with Sound Achievement in Mathematics. Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location;

Whilst attending TAFE you are required to wear a 'nurse' uniform comprising the uniform shirt included in the cost of the program, you will need to wear a black knee length skirt, shorts or long pants and enclosed shoes at your own expense.

Resources included in the tuition fees are student one TAFE nurse shirt, orientation handbook and relevant learning materials such as study guides, assessment requirements, handouts and workbooks. Students have access to library resources, computers, the Internet and a personal email account at TAFE Queensland.  Students may need to purchase stationery items such as paper, pens and a USB drive.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Wednesday 8.00am - 12.00pm


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Friday 8.00am - 12.00pm


Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory Vocational Placement without these documents.

Students must provide TAFE Queensland the following documents as soon as possible. *Certified copies - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations:

  • Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the teacher should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police. All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)
  • Records showing Hepatitis B vaccination, commencement of vaccination or blood test results showing immunity (N.B. Vaccination will take a minimum of 3 months to complete in full). Other immunisations which may be required include (but not limited to): Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
  • Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or

Delivery and training will take place in a training room and in the simulated hospital ward face to face.  You will spend an extensive amount of time in the simulated environment participating in practical scenarios.


  • TAFE Queensland strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.
  • A Police Check is required prior to commencing Vocational Placement. It is the student’s responsibility to undertake a National Police Check in order to obtain a National Police Certificate. Please Note: If a student has a Disclosable Court Outcome registered against their name, it is unlikely we will be able to access a Vocational Placement. If this occurs the student cannot be awarded the qualification.
  • Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
  • A full list of Placement requirements will be discussed on Course Orientation
  • Students must be available for 2 week block of Vocational Placement (80 hours) within the dates specified by the teachers at Orientation.
  • In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to: attend full time placement, be prepared to travel to undertake placement, participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon and evening shifts (morning shifts may start 6am, evening shifts may finish at 11pm).
  • Students are responsible for organising their own transport to and from facilities, organising leave with employers (if applicable) and planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement period.

During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Important Information

Please note that manikins will be used for training purposes throughout this program.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 15 Units:
Core Competencies: 7
Elective Competencies: 8

Core and Elective Units
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Core
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Elective
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service Elective
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement Elective
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Elective
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
VPC080 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Cairns, North $7,000 6 Months
Pimlico, Townsville, North $7,000 6 Months


HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance 095191B

Job prospects

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Personal Carers And Assistants
  • Orderly
  • Wardsperson

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Lisa Levi

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Life's good in Cairns. It’s great hanging out on the campus with lots of people from all over the world. It’s not hard to make friends here, once you say hello to people they open up to you and be friendly and want to hang out. There are lots of beaches and beautiful restaurants and cafes, I like to go out and have dinner or have barbeques on the beach and go swimming. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Lisa Levi
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland North

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs (HA) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the HA website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the HA website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

Last updated on 9 February 2018

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