Health, Education and Community Services

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Knowledge of nursing terms and work practices
  • Understanding human biology
  • Understanding health science

Certificate IV in Preparation for Entry into Nursing

This course provides you with entry into the Diploma of Nursing by training you in study management, nursing practice and medical terminology.

Course Overview

Course Code:7164 (National ID: 52386) 

Entry into nursing course

Duration:six months (one semester) 
How:Full time 

Intake:Semester 1, Semester 2 
International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:Yes 

About the course

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This course prepares you for entry into nursing by introducing you to study management, nursing terms, work practices, human biology and health science. Upon completion of this course you will have a direct pathway into Central's Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2).

Nurses are a vital part of the Australian health system and enrolled nurses form a large component of this group. Strong employment growth is forecast in this field due to skills shortages. Not only are your employment prospects high, nursing is a highly rewarding occupation.

Where this course can lead you

The health industry is currently experiencing a skilled nurse shortage making nursing a top priority job. Upon completion of a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2) your employment prospects will be high in both the private and public sector.

Your Certificate IV in Preparation for Entry into  Nursing provides direct entry into the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2).

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's nursing qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use effective study management and assignment preparation

  • Understand and use medical terminology

  • Understand human biology

  • Understand basic and apply physics and chemistry

  • Understand microbiology

  • Understand health science and mathematics

Your Certificate IV in Preparation for Entry into Enrolled Nursing gives you the skills for further study at Central. The Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) will prepare you for a career as an enrolled nurse.

Connected with industry

Some organisations where nursing students have worked are:

  • Royal Perth Hospital

  • Hollywood Private Hospital

  • St John of God Hospital

We ensure our industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills you obtain are relevant in the workforce.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real nursing professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.

University Pathways

Your Certificate IV may be able to get you into one of WA’s universities. If you build on your Certificate IV with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma you may be eligible for guaranteed or TISC entry plus credit transfers for the units you've already studied.

You may also apply for recognition of prior learning at the university of your choice where you may meet the basic entry requirements of the course of your interest (enquire at the university for information on RPL).

Course Structure

Description:Complete 7 core units 

Available Groups


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
55260Use effective study skills and write in academic format
55261Use mathematics in nursing applications
55262Develop knowledge of microbiology for use in health settings
55263Use fundamentals of physics and chemistry in a health context
C9069HLTAP301ARecognise healthy body systems in a health care context
C9132HLTCOM408BUse specific health terminology to communicate effectively
D0781BSBITU201AProduce simple word processed documents

Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate basic maths and developed communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.

The Application Process

The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.

Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.

Visit our apply, enrol and pay guide

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

Domestic full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Full course approximate tuition fee based on the 1 semesters it takes to complete full time: $980.00

Resource fees:

The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.

Approximate resource fee for the full course: $178.00

Paying your fees:
Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment.
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