Diploma of NursingEntry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent.
If you have not completed Year 12 (or equivalent), you are required to sit a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice.
STAT Multiple Choice applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed on this page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 19 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
Police check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Records Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
Immunisation Policy: Students must be adequately vaccinated prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
Inherent requirements: non-academic abilities you'll need to complete this program
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading, writing and number skills for understanding and completing patient notes and drug calculations
- vision, hearing, smell and touch, to accurately gain information and treat patients
- physical skills to perform nursing care
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent nursing care
- time-based problem-solving when working with patients
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you
What support is available?
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or the Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with ELS.
Graduates of the Australian-accredited Diploma of Nursing may seek credit of up to one year (equivalent of 96 credit points) into the RMIT Bachelor of Nursing.
Graduates completing their program more than twelve months prior to their application but less than 10 years will also require registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
When you successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing you are guaranteed entry in the Bachelor of Nursing with 1 semester of advanced standing (equivalent to 72 credit points).
If you gain your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Enrolled Nursing Registration, you may be eligible for further exemptions which will be confirmed at enrolment.