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 prepares you for the Diploma of Nursing by training you in study management, nursing practice and medical terminology.

Course Overview

Course Code:7164 (National ID: 52386) 
Careers:Preparation for nursing  
Duration:six months (one semester) 
How:Full time 

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

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 can apply for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2). As you will also need to pass literacy and numeracy testing to enter the Diploma, you are encouraged to develop your literacy and numeracy skills while you are studying this course.

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 you with skills to prepare you for 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.

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

Information for international students

Requirements for this course

You will need to obtain a Police Clearance from your home country.  Students must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 with all bands at 6.0.

Completion of Certificate III in Aged Care or Allied Health, or Year 11 (includ. English and Maths)

Studying as an international student at Central

Central is one of Australia's largest VET colleges, and trains around 1700 international students from more than 85 countries each year. In 2010, we were the inaugural winner of Western Australia's International Training Provider of the Year award and were again given this award in 2011 and 2013.

Our campuses are conveniently located near the centre of Perth's CBD, making them easy to access via public transport. Central boasts excellent state of the art facilities and resources and a friendly, safe and secure learning environment.

As a graduate, you are ensured direct pathways to further qualifications at Western Australian universities, or alternatively, the job ready skills you need to succeed in your career straight away.

We offer a dedicated International Centre which is focused on servicing International students, helping you with your personal and academic needs. Staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance from your initial contact through to your graduation, to ensure that your experience at Central is enjoyable and rewarding.

Visit our international pages to find out more about studying at Central and life in Perth.

Find out from international students about their experiences studying at Central.

Find out about applying to study at Central as an International student.

Courses available to international students at Central are delivered in partnership with Education and Training International RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G

Getting into this course

Entrance Requirements

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

For school leavers:

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement. A text version of this table is available here

For non-school leavers:

If you are not coming straight from school you still need to provide us with evidence that demonstrates you can meet the above entry requirement. The Training WA website has a skills calculator that can help you identify what previous experiences you can use as evidence. 


The Application Process

This course is delivered as a full time.

Find out about applying for a full time course


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.
Find out how and where to pay for your course

Financial assistance:

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession (50% of the tuition fees) and if you are experiencing financial difficulties you may qualify for an instalment plan.

Find out more about financial assistance


International students:
The total course cost for international students is $7,800 + resource fees. You will need to pay your course fees to ETI when you accept your offer.


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