Career in  Nursing

If you enjoy working with people & care about good health you may be interested in pursuing a career in Nursing. Nurse can be involved in caring for the sick, rehabilitation, promoting health, preventing diseases, teaching & a host of other activities. Thus nursing not only requires medical knowledge, skill & competence but empathy, patience & a caring nature.

You can now start your internationally recognised TAFE South Australian Diploma of Nursing, right here in Sri Lanka, with our Certificate in Health Sciences (Pathway to Nursing). 

Graduates are able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning with TAFE South Australia. An individual assessment of Skills and Knowledge will be undertaken when you enroll in the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/ Division 2 Nursing) with TAFE South Australia.

Students enroll in the IIHS Certificate in Health Sciences (Pathway to Nursing), once completed, TAFE South Australia will assess students individually, for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Diploma of Nursing. If successful, this will mean that you receive credit towards the TAFE SA qualification. TAFE South Australia’s practice of Recognition of Prior Learning is consistent with the Course credit definition and conditions of the Educational Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice 2007* If course credits or exemptions are granted through RPL this may reduce the duration of the course. More information on RPL can be found on the TAFE South Australian website http://www.tafesa.edu.au/international/apply-international-student/int-policies-responsibilities/int-rpl

* Course credit: exemption from enrolment in a particular part of the course as a result of previous study, experience or recognition of competency currently held. Includes academic credit and recognition of prior learning’

Once your studies are completed through TAFE South Australia, students will be awarded with the Diploma of Nursing
(Enrolled/ Division 2 Nursing) and are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Course Structure at IIHS

Students undertake the International Institute of Health Sciences - Certificate in Health Sciences (Pathway to Nursing). The content for this program uses TAFE South Australia prepared course materials, which have been quality assured. This program is 12 months duration.

The units include: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, understanding legal and ethical issues in health care, communication skills, workplace health and safety, manual handling of equipment and patients in a healthcare setting, how to plan and deliver basic nursing care for patients and clients in conjunction with other nurses and health professionals, infection control, and caring for patients and clients across the lifespan.

At the completion of this program, students can gain employment in Sri Lanka as Nurse Assistants, or continue their studies in the Diploma of General Nursing or Diploma in Health Care (personal care assistant).

Course Structure at TAFE South Australia

The Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/ Division 2 Nursing) is 26 units, which includes 21 compulsory units and 5 elective units. There are compulsory clinical placements in acute, aged and community settings (totaling a minimum of 400 hours). The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide effective nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The course focuses on developing caring, reflective practitioners who are able to integrate, theory with practice, problem solve, and work in a collaborative team environment. Knowledge and skills will be developed in many areas including communication, cultural diversity, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, acute and chronic health disorders, clinical nursing skills and medication management.

Delivery is subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Academic Pathway & Expected Employment OutcomesTAFE Brochure 5

Entry Requirements

  • Successfully Completion of G.C.E O/L with minimum 5 passes including Credit passes for Science, Maths & English
  • IELTS score of 6 with no band less than or equivalent 5.5 for the studies at TAFE South Australia*

*Please note that the IELTS score for entry into the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) may differ from the IELTS score required for registration with the NMBA. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).



Fee Structure 

 Sri Lankan Component - 01 Year @ IIHS Cost (LKR) Total (LKR)
Registration Fee
1st Installment
Monthly Payment (for 11 months) 46,000 506,000
IELTS Prepartion Program  FREE  
Total Fee For Both Programs  

*Prices are accurate at the time of uploading the information. Institute/ University has the authority to change fee and structure as per their policies.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE South Australia, graduates will have reached the competency levels set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) and will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) to start their career as Enrolled Nurses.

The Diploma of Nursing provides a pathway into a Bachelor of Nursing, the qualification required for a Registered Nurse in Australia. Credit is given for the Diploma of Nursing, towards the Bachelor of Nursing. International students apply direct to the University.

 Career Prospects

Enrolled nursing is an exciting and rewarding career that provides many opportunities. Enrolled nurses are employed in hospitals, community health services, residential care, private homes (home care), industrial sites, schools, medical practices and pathology services. Enrolled nurses are employed on a full time and part time basis and usually work a variety of shifts over a seven day period. Being an Enrolled Nurse in Australia you will be entitled to a salary ranging from $41,000- $47,000 per annum.

There are currently around 4,480 enrolled nurses employed in South Australia. Over half are employed part-time and most work in the health and community services industry. Yet South Australian employers have reported experiencing shortages for this occupation. Thus great opportunities are available for qualified candidates.

IIHS Advantages

  • Complete a nursing pathway program, that provides a strong foundation for future nursing studies with TAFE South Australia.
  • Cost Effectiveness.
  • Adherence to International Standards.
  • International Recognition.
  • Guaranteed Success at IELTS.
  • IT & Personality Development Included in the Program.

Student Accommodation

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