• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Nursing Science upon successful completion of this Health (Nursing Pathway) Diploma at James Cook University, while receiving the support to succeed in small classes with world-class lecturers. This unique pathway degree is designed specifically for international students.


Benefit from a thorough understanding of the foundations of nursing science and the nursing profession through core subjects that will prepare you for successful undergraduate study.

This Health (Nursing Pathway) course at James Cook University allows you a pathway opportunity to enter an undergraduate degree if you do not meet the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Nursing Science. You will also build an understanding of the key components of the communication process for nurses and learn the fundamentals of physiological systems

Upon successful completion, the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway) will prepare you for entry into the second year of the nationally accredited Bachelor of Nursing Science, pending achievement of relevant English language requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physiological Systems and Processes
  • Communication for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Transition to Nursing Studies
  • Introduction to the Professions

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

JCU College Foundation Program with GPA of 4.5 and a pass in all subjects; or 
  • OP 19
  • ATAR 60; or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28200 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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