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Diploma of Nursing


Diploma of Nursing HLT54115

Course Overview

The Diploma of Nursing is the recognised qualification to become an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2). This course reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the supervision of a registered nurse.

With a combination of on-campus training and practical placement, you'll learn to support people through their daily tasks, perform complex interventions, promote healthy living practices, and support the emotional and psychological needs of your patients.

Enrolled nurses work as members of multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with medical and allied health staff. You'll work with patients, clients, and their families and care for people during some of the most challenging times in their lives.

A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is able to apply for registration with the NMBA as an enrolled nurse.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you work as an AHPRA registered Enrolled Nurse (Division 2). You may find employment in the following areas:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Community health centres
  • Medical practices

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the HLT64115 Advanced Diploma of Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing at university.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Nursing - Starts on 07/02/2022 - 3 days Mon Thur Fri - 9am to 3pm / 2022

Seymour - Wallis Street

Undergrad (Part Time). Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tue & Thu - 9am - 3.30pm / 2021

Nursing - Starts on 07/02/2022 - 3 days Mon Thur Fri - 9am to 3pm / 2022

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Undergrad (Full Time), Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thu, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 14/7/2021, Wed & Fri, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Nursing - Starts on 07/02/2022 - 3 days Mon Thur Fri - 9am to 3pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Undergrad (Full Time), Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon, Wed,Thu, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon, Tue, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Nursing - Starts on 07/02/2022 - 3 days Mon Thur Fri - 9am to 3pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training Package Entry Requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE Preferred Entry Requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a pre-training review including questioning re suitability at an individual interview.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Supply a National Police Check, Working With Children's Check, current immunisation history & Fit to Practice documentation before undertaking placement.
  • Have the ability to work as a member of a team, a high level of communication skills, a desire to commit to the course & time management skills.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. Proof of this English language competency must be provided and can be achieved via one (1) of the following pathways:

  1. Primary Language Pathway

    The applicant's primary language is English, and they have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of primary and secondary education, including at least two (2) years between Years 7 and 12. Countries include Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America.

    Applicants will be required to complete a declaration.
  2. English Language Test Pathway

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the required minimum scores in one of the approved English language tests as specified in the NMBA’s English language skills registration standard prior to acceptance of offer.

    IELTS the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

    OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

    PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

    TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

For further information on the English language skills registration standards please click here.

Literacy Support plan
Students are also offered the option of enrolling into an individualised Literacy Support plan as part of their Diploma of Nursing enrolment. Students need to be aware that choosing this option may impact on their ability to enrol into future courses at the same level.

Eligibility for enrolment is based on CSPA test results and Pre Training Review. Units offered sit at ASCF level 4 and the plan is designed to provide extra support in key areas such as written assessment tasks. Support content is incorporated into the scheduled timetable.

Information regarding eligibility for enrolment into the Literacy Support plan will be detailed at information sessions and discussed at the student’s individual interview prior to an offer of a place. There is no cost to the student for this program.

Core Units
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Confirm physical health status
Analyse and respond to client health information
Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
Apply communication skills in nursing practice
Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
Implement and monitor care of the older person
Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units
Develop work priorities
Research and apply evidence to practice
Provide first aid
Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests/quizzes
  • Oral presentations
  • Projects and reports
  • Online and simulated assessments
  • Satisfactory completion of Professional Experience Placement (PEP) observation/demonstration.

Students must purchase a uniform and suitable footwear which is to be worn throughout the duration of the course both on placement and in all classroom/clinical simulation experiences. Students are also required to purchase items related to placement: a stethoscope and other basic clinical tools as outlined in the Course Guide to facilitate practising clinical skills.

Credit transfers

Students undertaking HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing may apply for credit transfers for 'equivalent' units of competency completed at another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that was accredited with ANMAC as an approved provider to deliver HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing at the time the unit(s) of competence were successfully completed.

Joan Pickford ( South Coordinator)

Annelize ( North Coordinator)

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Attendance at all face-to-face sessions is highly recommended with a mandatory minimum of 80% attendance at each individual unit required.

Students will be expected to commit to an additional 8-12 hours of self-directed study per week. This will vary at different stages of the course.

Students are required to undertake 440 hours (11 x 40 hour weeks) of clinical placement. Travel and seeking accommodation may be required. Shift work is required whilst on placement.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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