Health, nursing & care industries

To keep the VU Polytechnic community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, most VU Polytechnic students have access to supported remote learning. This means you can continue to study the same high-quality program from home.

Whether your passion is for health administration, aged care and disability or nursing or paramedical science, we have the courses and industry connections to guide you through a fulfilling career in the health industry.

Our training responds directly to industry requirements, with courses created with key partners including hospitals, disability services, and a wide range of community organisations.

Simulation laboratories & clinics

We have three nursing laboratories and an in-hospital simulation laboratory. The interactive mannequin technology used by our students is designed to simulate the treatment of patients in a real-world environment. Our simulation labs also offer live video streaming, for greater student participation in learning. Student-run clinics offer our students the opportunity to provide health services to members of the public and observe service delivery by qualified staff.

Practical placements

Our health students train at various health facilities where they have the opportunity to experience the true nature and challenges of contemporary health work practice. They work alongside expert clinicians, and enjoy supportive clinical learning environments across the spectrum of health specialities. Paramedicine students complete practical clinical placement in the non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) sector where they get hands-on experience in treating and transporting patients.

Aarianna's success story

Aarianna Read in uniform with a stethoscope in her ears, simulating taking a pulse on a simulation mannequin
“I chose VU’s diploma pathway so I could work in nursing positions after the two-year qualification while I completed my degree. The diploma delivers a solid, practical foundation, increasing your skill level and providing a year of credit towards the degree.

"The teaching staff are experienced and highly educated. Many still work in the industry and are all experts in their fields. I completed several placements through my TAFE course and degree, which gave me a taste of diverse nursing specialisations, including aged care, general wards (rural and metropolitan) and mental health facilities."
Aarianna's story

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