Start Date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

476001 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 50.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): C,C,C
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2022 Cut-Offs
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Degree overview

  • Upon successful completion of this diploma, you’re guaranteed entry into the second year of many health degrees.
  • A great back up option if you don’t think you’ll get the ATAR for your preferred degree.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.1
  • Get the full student experience with events, entertainment, sports, clubs, volunteering opportunities and more.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier)

UniSA’s Diploma in Health at Mount Gambier is a two-year program which prepares you for university study and is a gateway to the second year of a Bachelor of Nursing (Mount Gambier). We offer a pathway into UniSA, if you do not meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you want to study. The entry requirements for our diplomas make them more accessible for students who do not receive their desired result.

As a Diploma student, you can access UniSA College staff and support services while studying the first year of your selected health degree.


What you'll need

Undergraduate degrees in health may have pre-placement requirements that must be met prior to commencement. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit website for details.

Incomplete diplomas will not be accepted for entry into a non-linked high demand undergraduate program. Refer to Program Director (Diplomas) for further advice.

Linked degrees

The degrees linked to this diploma is:

*To meet entry requirements, applicants to the Nursing pathway must consider the professional registration requirements, including the English Language Skills standard, and complete a declaration stating how they will demonstrate their English language competency, as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Further details can be accessed via the undergraduate program pages.

What you'll learn

Diploma in Health Mt Gambier - What You'll LearnYou will get a taste of university and learn the skills you need to study for your degree, including:

  • how UniSA works
  • how to write academic assignments
  • how to reference
  • how to manage your time

In the first year, you'll complete core courses that develop your critical writing, study, communication, numeracy and research skills. You will also have the opportunity to complete electives in health-related topics. By the second year, you'll start studying first-year courses from your linked bachelor degree. You will sit in the same tutorials as other first-year students, and you can still rely on UniSA College for extra support throughout.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) Rule(s): 3
University Studies EDUC 1075 4.5
Introduction to Anatomy HLTH 1046 4.5
Maths Fundamentals MATH 48 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Human Physiology HLTH 1048 4.5
Literacy Course 1 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
8 courses from Bachelor of Nursing - Enrol under bachelor degree code 36 Rule(s): 4,5,6

Study hours

Your study schedule will be divided into contact hours (the time you spend doing lectures and tutorials) and independent study, including your personal research and assignment work. Study hours depend on the courses you choose and the amount of additional work you put in. Generally, full-time study is equivalent to 40 hours per week.


Diploma in Health - Mt GambierYour assessments may include:

  • research papers
  • tests (in person and online)
  • assignments
  • take home examinations
  • group assignments
  • participation and attendance
  • examinations
  • presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life by including overseas study as a part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier)

Why this Degree

Our programs prepare you for university study by building your academic skills and prerequisite knowledge. You will experience life as a UniSA student, being taught by UniSA staff and having access to the full range of support services that the University provides. By successfully completing the Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier) you will have the opportunity to transfer into a related UniSA degree.

Online study

Online study

Studying externally (online) gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at your own pace. The majority of the courses offered through UniSA College can be studied online. You can choose your study mode when you enrol. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 digital environment, you can also:

  • access your lectures online, plus study and course resources
  • submit your assignments and get feedback
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

How to apply

To apply to study with UniSA College:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have advanced facilities including modern libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll discover your journey at UniSA is also about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Dr Natasha Wilson

Program Director

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Dr Natasha Wilson

Program Director


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