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Diploma of Nursing vs Community Services

28th June 2023 | SuccessVisa

Welcome to SuccessVisa, a one-stop solution for all Educational and Migration related queries. In this video, Amit will guide you through an in-depth comparison between the Diploma of Nursing and the Diploma of Community Services in Australia. If you're a student unsure about which course to pursue, this video is for you. Amit explains the similarities and differences between these two VET sector courses related to the health sector. He also explains the entry requirements, duration, fees, career outcomes, and more for these popular courses in Australia.


VET Sector Courses: Both the Diploma of Nursing and the Diploma of Community Services fall under the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Health Sector: Both courses are directly associated with the health sector, allowing you to make a positive impact on people's lives.

No Subclass 485 or TR: Neither of these courses leads directly to the Subclass 485 visa or the Temporary Residence (TR) pathway.

Differences: The Diploma of Nursing:

Duration: Usually a 1.5-year course, providing comprehensive nursing knowledge and skills.

Entry Requirement: A minimum score of 7 in each module is typically necessary to enroll in the Diploma of Nursing.

Fee Structure: After scholarships, the approximate fee for the Diploma of Nursing is $27,000 AUD, with intakes available every two months.

Accreditation: The Diploma of Nursing in Australia is approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career Outcome: Upon completion, you will become an enrolled nurse. To become a registered nurse, you can pursue a Bachelor of Nursing.

The Diploma of Community Service:

Duration: This course varies from 2 to 3 years, depending on the institute. Some institutes require the completion of Study Certificate IV before enrolling.

Entry Requirement: A minimum score of 5.5 in each module and an overall score of 6 are typically required for the Diploma of Community Services. Fee Structure: The fee for the Diploma of Community Service ranges from $18,000 to $37,000 AUD, depending on the institute.

Accreditation: The Diploma of Community Service in Australia is approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Career Outcome: This diploma opens doors to careers such as youth worker, community worker, welfare worker, or welfare support worker. To further advance your qualifications, you can pursue a Bachelor's degree in Community Service.

Considering recent challenges with work placements in the Diploma of Community Service, where students face difficulty in achieving desired outcomes after completing the required 400 hours of training, the Diploma of Nursing emerges as a preferable choice to avoid such obstacles.

For more information, feel free to contact SuccessVisa or visit our branch in Parramatta, New South Wales. We can help you make an informed decision about your Educational and professional journey.