New update: Diploma of Health Care (Nursing) Guidance

Griffith College News:

On 28 November 2019, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) published the new Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards 2019.
These new Standards have been created in line with expectations of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and include a change to the English Language requirements for students entering a program of study leading to potential registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) – e.g. Bachelor of Nursing. The new language requirements specify that students entering a Bachelor of Nursing require IELTS 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0, or equivalent.
As Griffith College’s Diploma of Health Care itself does not lead to potential Nurse Registration these requirements do not apply for entry to the Diploma. The new requirements do however apply to graduates of the Diploma of Health Care wanting to progress to a Bachelor of Nursing. Therefore, students applying for a Diploma of Health Care>Bachelor of Nursing packaged offer, effective 28th November 2019, will be required to accept new conditions for progression to the Bachelor of Nursing as per below:

Entry to the Bachelor of Nursing, on completion of your Diploma requires the following: 

  • a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for your Diploma;
  • an IELTS (Academic) test score of 7.0 (no sub score below 7.0) – test results cannot be older than 2 years. The language requirement has been set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA).

Entry to the Bachelor of Nursing is also subject to quota restrictions; selection is competitive and based on academic merit. 100 places are available for College graduates each year. 

  • If you successfully complete the Diploma of Health Care, meet the GPA and English language requirements, and achieve a quota place, you will enter the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University leaving you to complete 160 credit points of the 240 credit points required for the degree.

Until further notice Griffith College will be maintaining its English language requirement for entry to the Diploma, at IELTS 6.5 (no sub score below 6.0).

During the Diploma, students will be supported with free compulsory English language support to assist them to improve their language levels while undertaking the Diploma. We aim to work with students to help them achieve a post Diploma IELTS score of 7.0 (no sub-score below 7.0) – or equivalent. Griffith College will also partner with Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) to support students in their transition between the Diploma and the Bachelor where needed.

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