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Best 31 Diplomas in Nursing Studies 2019/2020

Diplomas reward a student’s commitment to studying and mastering the intricacies of a chosen topic. After completing the necessary classes, a diploma gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience they’ve worked so hard to gain.

What is a diploma in nursing? A nursing diploma is a rigorous program that imparts to students skills such as administering medicine, caring for patients and working as part of a medical team. The program will generally require the completion of introductory courses prior to enrolling in advanced classes and clinical experience. Clinicals are the internships nursing students usually must complete prior to finishing their diploma. During this time, students may also select classes in a specialized field.

A nursing diploma prepares students to either become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). This flexibility lets students choose what level of specialization they prefer, and students who do not become licensed still benefit from the caregiving, teamwork and medical skills nursing school imparts.

Nursing school costs vary based on a variety of factors. Your specialization, location and course selection are all a part of determining the expense, so you should ask the admissions office at the nursing school you are interested in for an estimated cost of attendance.

Career opportunities will depend on whether you become licensed as an LPN or an RN. LPNs are usually qualified to work in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and many other health care facilities. Hospitals require more specialized care for patients, however, and will often only hire RNs with a specific focus such as medical and surgical, telemetry, intensive care or emergency room. No matter the level of licensure or specialization you choose, there will be plenty of work available for students with a nursing diploma.

There are many nursing schools that offer options to study online or part-time. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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31 Results in Nursing Studies

Open Colleges

This Diploma of Nursing course has a strong practical focus, which will prepare you to work as a qualified Enrolled Nurse. It’s also the only qualification that can lead ... [+]

Diploma of Nursing

Welcome to your Diploma of Nursing! If you want to build a career that’s meaningful, that fills you with a sense of purpose and provides diverse job opportunities, this Diploma course is for you. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning, the Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for students looking to become an Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you have always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Course description

This Diploma of Nursing course has a strong practical focus, which will prepare you to work as a qualified Enrolled Nurse. It is also the only qualification that can lead you to become registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse, upon successful completion.... [-]

Australia Australia Online
Open Enrollment
Full-time
18 months
Online & Campus Combined
University CEU - Cardenal Herrera

The Knowledge of a second language, in the specific case of this Pathway to Nursing, the Spanish language, confers the student a higher level of working competence and a ... [+]

What Makes Us Different?

1. Bilingual training English/Spanish

The Knowledge of a second language, in the specific case of Nursing Studies, the English language, confers the student a higher level of working competence and a higher level of competitiveness and opportunities on the labor market, being increasingly more globalized, as well as English being a basic mean of communication. The new Nursing Group in English will facilitate our students access to studies at foreign universities, profiting from scholarships such as Erasmus, Overseas and international agreements. Likewise, the training in English will advance the utilization of scientific documentation and academic material in said language, permitting the students to develop themselves with utmost rigor within the area of Nursing, being in constant evolution and mainly published in English.... [-]

Spain Moncada
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Full-time
4 years
Campus
University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Ph ... [+]

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor. We are currently taking applications for January 2017 entry. January 2014 saw the re-opening of the Physician Associate Studies programme (formerly Physician Assistant) at the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust) and other hospitals and practices in the Midlands. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff has taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national, as well as a regional, level in response to the need, identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as Physician Associates (PAs) in the UK (NB: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Vancouver Career College

Vancouver Career College’s Practical Nursing Diploma program trains students to work in medical, surgical and rehabilitation care in a variety of positions. The program i ... [+]

Practical Nurses work in concert with fellow healthcare specialists in settings like acute care wards, private homes, public schools and long-term care facilities. Vancouver Career College’s Practical Nursing Diploma program trains students to work in medical, surgical and rehabilitation care in a variety of positions. The program introduces students to the fundamental duties and responsibilities of a Practical Nurse.

The curriculum follows standards laid out by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. Students are trained in both holistic and clinical practices. Courses combine both classroom learning and lab work, as well as clinical placements. During this supervised hands-on training, students gain experience in facilities dealing with acute care, gerontology and community medical care. At the end of the supervised learning, students participate in a preceptorship and job search training, to help transition them from student to graduate.... [-]

Canada Burnaby Abbotsford
September 2019
Full-time
52 weeks
Campus
Gateway College

This 45-week Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to adapt to Canadian health care setting comb ... [+]

Program Overview

This 45-week Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to adapt to Canadian health care setting combining theory and skills based on the entry-level competencies for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics. Furthermore, it will help learners to advance the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to function effectively as Health Care Assistants (HCAs), LPN and/or RN as well as to develop critical thinking skills and acquire knowledge in becoming a culturally competent nurse while providing care. It will also prepare IENs for Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN), Additional Assessment, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).... [-]

Canada Vancouver
January 2020
Full-time
45 weeks
Campus
North Iowa Area Community College

Practical Nursing is designed to prepare individuals to work in nursing situations which are relatively stable and unchanging. They are also prepared to assist experience ... [+]

Practical Nursing is designed to prepare individuals to work in nursing situations which are relatively stable and unchanging. They are also prepared to assist experienced registered nurses and physicians in nursing situations that are complex and changing. Individuals considering enrollment or currently enrolled in the nursing program should be aware that prior felony convictions may prohibit eligibility for licensure upon completion of the program.

Students should be aware they may need to travel a distance for clinical experience and that some clinical experiences will be scheduled during evening/night hours and weekends. Drug testing may be required by individual agencies. Criminal background checks and adult/dependent abuse checks will be required for all incoming students.... [-]

USA Mason City
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Glasgow Caledonian University - The School of Health and Life Sciences

Make a difference in the lives and well-being of children and families while advancing your career with our PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) ... [+]

Make a difference in the lives and well-being of children and families while advancing your career with our PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN). Communities have diverse needs and challenges – and we’ve designed a programme that will prepare you to meet them.

As a health visitor, you will have the opportunity to serve the common good on a daily basis, promoting better health at an individual, group and community level. And at GCU, you’ll get a world-class education from an institution with a long history of training in the field.

We’ll help you develop the skills you need for effective and efficient care, with a child- and family-centered approach that empowers providers and patients alike. With a focus on preventive and anticipatory care, you’ll take on a unique role in health service, collaborating with and encouraging new parents and their families.... [-]

United Kingdom Glasgow
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Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Sunway University

Our Diploma in Nursing ensures that students acquire skills in treating, rehabilitating, counseling and educating patients, their families and the community. They work as ... [+]

The nursing profession offers many employment and career opportunities. In Sunway University, we prepare our students for a diverse and rewarding profession that combines compassion with the latest healthcare technology.

Our Diploma in Nursing ensures that students acquire skills in treating, rehabilitating, counseling and educating patients, their families and the community. They work as members of the healthcare team in providing holistic care to patients. This program ensures that Sunway University nursing graduates emerge as professionals who are capable, caring and knowledgeable when treating those in need of assistance.

The theory and practical assessments will be conducted in each semester throughout the 3-year program. Students are required to pass the Sunway University final year examination before they can sit for the Malaysian Nursing Board Registration Examination.... [-]

Malaysia Shah Alam
January 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
James Cook University Online

James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts i ... [+]

Course Duration: 16 months part-time* Course Fees: $2,600 per subject. FEE-HELP is available. Course Study Periods: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Oct Course Subjects: 8 Majors: Leadership and Management, Education

*Duration depends on Recognition of Prior Learning

Course introduction

Ready to embrace advanced practice?

James Cook University’s Online Graduate Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the critical thinking skills and theoretical knowledge to apply advanced nursing concepts in the clinical setting. This online course will prepare you to lead the nursing practice and optimize patient outcomes in a hospital setting.

Australia’s health system is changing to meet more demand than ever before.... [-]

Australia Australia Online
October 2019
Part-time
16 months
Online
CDI College

The program introduces students to the fundamental duties and responsibilities of a Practical Nurse. The curriculum follows standards laid out by the College of Licensed ... [+]

Practical Nurses work in concert with fellow healthcare specialists in settings like acute care wards, private homes, public schools and long-term care facilities. CDI College’s Practical Nursing diploma program trains students to work in medical, surgical and rehabilitation care in a variety of positions.

The program introduces students to the fundamental duties and responsibilities of a Practical Nurse. The curriculum follows standards laid out by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC). Students are trained in both holistic and clinical practices.

Courses combine both classroom learning and lab work, as well as clinical placements. During this supervised hands-on training, students gain experience in facilities dealing with acute care, gerontology and community medical care. At the end of the supervised learning period, students participate in a preceptorship and job search training, to help transition them from student to graduate.... [-]

Canada Surrey Richmond
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Stenberg College

Practical Nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. Practical Nurses deliver care as part of a primary health care team and work in public and private facili ... [+]

Practical Nursing is the second largest nursing group in Canada. Practical Nurses deliver care as part of a primary health care team and work in public and private facilities. You’ll be a valued member of the team, qualified to administer medication, assess and monitor patients, assist in rehabilitation activities, educate clients regarding health-related issues and more.

Over the course of this program, students will: Demonstrate the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes consistent with industry expectations for entry-level employment – graduates will be able to meet the baseline competency (Entry to Practice) requirements and standards of practice set out by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) Confidently perform clinical functions such as accurate diagnostic tests, up-keeping patient charts and adhering to proper disposal, disinfectant and sterilization techniques Learn general clerical functions such as proficient typing, data entry, scheduling and billing Be prepared to excel in the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) Licensing Exam Facts Duration: 74 weeks, including 664 hours of practicum Delivery Method: In-class Language: English Intakes: February, June, and October Credential Awarded: Diploma Program ... [-]
Canada Surrey
October 2019
Full-time
74 weeks
Campus
University of Technology Sydney

This course provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialist role as an advanced nurse at a graduate diploma level. Students can tailor the diplo ... [+]

This course is designed so that students can tailor their subject choices to meet their individual needs. The knowledge, skills and expertise gained enable students to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families. Students develop skills to actively contribute to the professional development of others and use evidence to make informed decisions about nursing practice. Highly respected by employers and clinicians alike, this course develops a variety of career options.

Students develop graduate attributes such as leadership; critical thinking; accountability; communication; professional qualities appropriate to their role; and Indigenous cultural respect. These attributes are developed with key external stakeholders, industry advisers, clinical partners, employers and clinicians. The course develops a student's career as a clinician, manager or educator through extending, enhancing and building confidence in existing skills in addition to providing academic experience and qualifications.... [-]

Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Southern Cross University (Online)

Enhance your nursing practice with specialised mental health skills. Study an online postgraduate mental health nursing course with Southern Cross University’s internatio ... [+]

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing online Fulfils the educational requirement to becoming a credentialed MH Nurse. Accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Developed against the latest industry standards. 100% online study; shift-work friendly. Basic Information Duration: 16 months, part-time Advanced standing: Call us to see if you qualify Study periods: January, March, April, July, August, October Fees: $2300 per unit Units: 8 Accreditation: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Enhance your nursing practice with specialised skills

Study an online postgraduate mental health nursing course with Southern Cross University’s internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences. The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of mental health challenges.... [-]

Australia Australia Online
November 2019
Part-time
16 months
Online
International Career Institute

Nursing & Patient Care Assisting paves the way for a profession that is very rewarding in every aspect. You will be able to help people who are in need and have a sat ... [+]

Course Outline: What You Will Cover

Nursing & Patient Care Assisting paves the way for a profession that is very rewarding in every aspect. You will be able to help people who are in need and have a satisfying career in return. The following units comprise the course:

Course Units

1 Health and Wellness

What is health and wellness Health determinants Behaviour of ill people Promoting health

2 Rehabilitation Nursing

The meaning of rehabilitation The multidisciplinary team Practices in rehabilitation nursing

3 Community Nursing

What is community nursing Community nurse’s roles Community health and the family

4 Support Services in the Community

Traditional services Other support services ... [-]
United Kingdom London
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
E-Careers

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification, equivalent to A Level, which allows people to go on and study at University when they previously didn’t ha ... [+]

What is Access to HE?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification, equivalent to A Level, which allows people to go on and study at University when they previously didn’t have the relevant qualifications needed to do so. Access to HE courses are available in a wide range of different subjects and are widely recognized by UK Universities.

How can I pay?

The tuition fee for this course is up to £3,384 and if you are 19 or over, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay the fees. You pay nothing upfront and you don’t start repaying the loan until you are earning over £21,000 a year, which will then start low monthly repayments. However, if you progress to University and pass your related course, you can have the course absolutely free with your Advanced Learner Loan being written off. You should apply for your loan after the College has issued you with a Learning & Funding Letter.... [-]

United Kingdom Slough UK Online
August 2020
Full-time
18 months
Online