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Diploma of Health

Not available to international students.
Course duration
1 year/s
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
This course is only available as an Alternative Exit
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International online
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CDU Course Code


Diploma of Health
College of Nursing and Midwifery

This Diploma is an exit qualification only, and is available to students who discontinue their study in the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or the Bachelor of Health Science, after successfully completing eight or more units as prescribed in the course structure. This diploma provides foundation skills for further tertiary study.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

This course is not available for entry however is available as an alternative exit award from the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or the Bachelor of Health Science.

Students must have completed 80 credit points in the initial course and meet the course structure requirements specified for the Diploma.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course structure

To be eligible for the Diploma of Health exit award a candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)







Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Core Units
(0 units)


There are no Core Units for this course.
Specialist Elective
(5- 6 units)


50 - 60 cp


Specialist Elective Units totalling 50 - 60 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

Nursing (60 credit points)
NUR115 Primary Health Care (replaced by NUR135 from 2021)
NUR120 Introduction to Professional Nursing (replaced by NUR131 from 2021)
NUR125 Nursing Practice 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (replaced by NUR133 from 2021)
HSC210 Health Sociology (previously NUR210) (replaced by NUR132 from 2021)
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Healthcare (previously HEA230 and NUR112) (replaced by NUR252 from 2021)
NUR219 Mental Health Nursing
NUR231 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 1 (replaced by SBI241 from 2021)
NUR241 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 (replaced by SBI242 from 2021)
NUR244 Nursing Practice 2
NUR250 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (previously NUR243) (replaced by NUR255 from 2021)
NUR251 Medical Surgical Nursing 2

Midwifery (60 credit points)
MID101 Introduction to Midwifery Practice
MID102 Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Practice
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SWK102 Communication Skills (previously SWK142B)
PSY202 Developmental Psychology (previously NUR240)

Health Science (50 credit points)
HSC101 Australian Health Care Systems (replaced by HSC121 from 2020)
HSC111 Ethics in Health Care
HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
SWK102 Communication Skills
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
HSC201 Health Promotion (replaced by HSC132 from 2020)
HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
HSC205 Health Care Policy
HSC210 Health Sociology

(0 - 1 units)


0 - 10cp


Units totalling 10 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

Health Science students only
1 x Elective Unit

There are no electives available for students exiting the Nursing or Midwifery degrees.



Total Credit Points


Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2021
Please note the following course structure changes:
NUR231 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 has been replaced by SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare.
NUR241 Challenge and Response to Body Integrity 2 has been replaced by SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice


Study plan

There is no recommended study plan for this course as it is an exit award only. For further information contact Student Central.


Domestic students - undergraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS






UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW







Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.


*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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