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Diploma of Health Pathway


Not available to domestic students.
CDU Waterfront Darwin
Course location
Not available to domestic students.
Course duration
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Diploma of Health
CDU International College
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Diploma of Health (Pathway) is designed to parallel the first year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Darwin University, while providing students with additional literacy, numeracy and English language skills. The Diploma prepares students to undertake practical placement and enter the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing. Students will be introduced to the knowledge required to operate professionally in the Australian health care system, while enjoying the strong emphasis on face to face contact, small classes and language development. The Diploma builds towards the graduate attributes of Charles Darwin University, which describe creative, flexible and socially responsible graduates who can acquire, understand and apply concepts and knowledge with a high level of skills in communication, leadership and team work.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

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

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

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

  • 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

Admission requirements are met by:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 50*.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

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 162.
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 42.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum score of 18 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

* 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:


ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete 8 units totalling 80 credit points (cp) over two semesters (4 units each semester) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points.

All units are scheduled for six contact hours per week over a 12 week teaching semester.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(8 units)


Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. 

IDH101 Professional Practice
IDH102 Communication for Person-Centred Practice
IDH103 Anatomy and Physiology 1
IDH104 Academic Skills 1
IDH105 Primary Health Care
IDH106 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
IDH107 Anatomy and Physiology 2
IDH108 Academic Skills 2  

(0 units)

0cp There are no elective units available in this course.


Total Credit Points


Study plan

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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 open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree


*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.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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