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Nurses make a real difference to the comfort and care of patients every day. Nursing offers diversity, challenge and opportunities to work in interesting fields such as private or public hospitals, nursing homes, GP clinics, immunisation clinics, schools, cruise ships, prisons, community health clinics.

Whilst Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, their role is expanding to include new contexts and responsibilities. Enrolled Nurses are accountable for the care they give and duties may include: personal hygiene care for patients, monitoring a patient’s vital signs, complex wound dressings, administration of medications, admission and discharge of patients, assisting in theatre, special care and renal units, reporting, documentation and assisting the doctor in medical procedures.

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2) graduates can apply to ECU for credit towards the Bachelor of Science (Nursing Studies). 

Why Study Nursing at West Coast?

  • Competitive rates in comparison with studying similar qualification at university.
  • Solid industry partnerships mean a variety of interesting job placements are offered in major public and private hospitals, aged care facilities, GP clinics, mental health clinics and community health facilities.
  • Lecturing staff are well qualified and have relevant, current industry experience with the majority employed in industry and with expertise in communication, public health, paediatrics, mental health, diabetes, palliative care, theatre, emergency department.
  • About 90% of our graduates are offered graduate programs prior to completion of the course.

Career opportunities

Nurse (Enrolled)
This is a preparation course to enable entry into higher level study


Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as an infant, Daniel knows firsthand the difference a nurse can make to their patient. With the help of West Coast lecturers, Daniel completed a Certificate IV in Health Science Foundations and is now studying at ECU to become a Registered Nurse. “All my life I have ...read more

Daniel Ball,
Certificate IV in Health Science Foundations