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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 also available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

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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

Undergrad (Full Time), Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon,Tues,Wed, 9am - 3.30pm /2021


Undergrad (Full Time) Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon,Tues,Thur - 9am to 3.30pm /2021


Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 3/02/2021 - Wed, Thu, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Seymour - Wallis Street

Start Mon 5th Oct, Full Time, 3 days week (Mon,Tue,Thu), 9am - 4pm /2020

Undergrad (Full Time). Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon,Tue,Wed - 9am - 3.30pm / 2021

Undergrad (Part Time). Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tue, Fri - 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Start Wed 7th Oct, Full Time, 3 days week (Wed,Thr,Fri), 9am - 4pm /2020

Start Mon 5th Oct, Part Time, 2 days week (Mon,Tue), 9am - 4pm /2020

Undergrad (Full Time), Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon,Tue,Wed - 9am - 3.30pm / 2021

Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 02/02/2021, Tue, Fri, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

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

Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 13/7/2021, Tue, Fri, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Start Mon 5th Oct, Full Time, 3 days week (Mon,Thu.Fri), 9am - 4pm /2020

Start Thu 8th Oct, Part Time. 2 days week (Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm /2020

Undergrad (Full Time), Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon, Tue, Wed, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

Undergrad (Part Time), Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tue, Fri, 9am - 3.30pm /2021

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.

English Language Standards
This course has program entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council. Therefore students must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program.

You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  • English is your primary language, and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary & secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 & 12.
  • Extended education pathway – you have completed 3.5 years full-time equivalent of a combination of secondary and vocational &/or tertiary level education taught and assessed in English in any of the recognised countries*.

Test pathways – below is a list of the approved tests and minimum scores required:

  • IELTS (academic module) – minimum overall score of 7, a minimum score of 7 in each of the 4 components
  • OET – minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
  • PTE (Academic) – minimum overall score of 65, a minimum score of 65 in each 4 communicative skills
  • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94, a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 23 in speaking.

* Recognised countries: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America

In order to be registered as a health practitioner in Australia, you must be able to demonstrate that your English language skills will enable you to safely practice your profession. The English language skills registration standard is one of the five core standards required under the National Law. As of 1 July 2018, all applicants must demonstrate they meet English Language Proficiency Requirements for registration prior to enrolling into a course that can lead to registration. 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.

Find our how you can take the next step in your career by watching our virtual information session! Nursing Trainer Elise Worland walks you through everything you need to know about Nursing at GOTAFE.

Andrea Steele
Campus: Shepparton, Echuca and Seymour

Emma Williamson
Campus: Wangaratta, Cobram, Benalla

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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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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