• One year diploma designed specifically for international students
  • Enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • Supportive learning environment to empower you to succeed
Pathway into a James Cook University nursing degree

“I chose JCU because it is a well-known university and also has a strong reputation. I remember the first thing we learned in nursing was how to make beds and in our final year we're mastering how to create care plans for people to help them get better, so it’s a whole journey and we learn a lot, we meet a lot of people.”

Georges Kazadi,
Bachelor of Nursing Science

  • Campus: Cairns
  • Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Start Date: October 2020
  • Course Fee: A$28,200
  • CRICOS Course Code 098160G
  • Study Mode: On-campus


A Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway) via James Cook University College is the perfect pathway into a James Cook University nursing degree.

Enter directly into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing Science with this one-year diploma designed specifically for international students. This course is strongly focussed on providing a supportive environment and empowering you to succeed in your studies.

James Cook University places an emphasis on authentic, supported learning, compassionate care and cultivation of curiosity. Our nursing graduates enter the workforce with the knowledge and understanding they need to be great at their job and to actively demonstrate a level of emotional intelligence fit for the nursing profession. Studying health and nursing at JCU means learning the skills needed to work in diverse locations from hospitals in large cities to clinics in rural, isolated townships. Located in tropical North Queensland, James Cook University provides you with the qualifications and the means to make both your long-term and short-term study and career goals a reality.

According to the QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) website, JCU nursing graduates have the highest starting salary in all of Queensland. JCU is also rated #1 in Queensland for learner engagement in their nursing programs.


Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

*Evidence of English proficiency as per the NMBA registration standards must be provided prior to entry to the Bachelor of Nursing. Accepted certificates include; IELTS (7.0 with no band lower than 7.0), TOEFL 94 (23 in Speaking, 24 in Listening and Reading, and 27 in Writing), PTE Academic ( 65 no score less than 65).


Academic: Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent.

English: IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6.5


  • Experience a future in nursing through this pathway degree and benefit from small classes allowing easy access to world-class lecturers.
  • Develop the knowledge needed to succeed in future nursing studies. You will study foundation subjects and understand the key concepts of the nursing profession.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate as a professional within the health field and gain essential practical experience through laboratory classes and field trips to local and regional industry partners.
  • Receive a university diploma qualification upon successful completion. If you achieve the relevant language requirements, you can enter the second year of the nationally and internationally accredited Bachelor of Nursing Science.


JCU offers students a supported path into a dynamic, satisfying, well-paid and respected nursing career in a range of settings. This accredited and respected course has been carefully designed to give students a contemporary Australian nursing education built on a strong connection between theory and clinical practice. The transition to clinical practice is supported by problem - and case-based learning, well equipped clinical simulation facilities and 880 hours of applied clinical practice. The course has a strong focus on nursing in our northern tropical context and prepares students for work in diverse settings, from large metropolitan hospitals to rural and isolated practice clinics.

The course includes content areas such as:

  • Professional and Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Communication
  • Indigenous Health Studies
  • Law and Ethics
  • Working with Vulnerable Population Groups
  • Mental Health
  • The Australian Healthcare System
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry
  • Evidence-based Practice and Research
  • Overseas Placement Elective Experience (optional)
  • Graduate Transition to Practice.