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Diploma of Nursing


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Diploma of Nursing – HLT54115

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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 supervision of a registered nurse.

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.

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.

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.

You'll learn on-campus and through practical placements, and will complete 440 hours of work placement.

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

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week - (FULL TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Echuca - Butcher Street

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 1/2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Seymour - Wallis Street

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 1/ 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 2/ 2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 1/ 2020

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 27th Jan, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 1 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 3 days a week (FULL TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Starts Mon 13th July, 9am - 3.30pm, 2 days a week (PART TIME) Semester 2 / 2020

Fee Information

All applicants fall under one of the following:

To be elegible for a government subsidy you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen; or
  • A new holder of a permanent visa; or
  • A New Zealand citizen

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Trainee
3. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
4. Full Fee

All applicants are liable for the following costs:

Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

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 and interview
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met. As of 1 July 2018, ANMAC requires prospective students meet exit level 3 in reading, writing & numeracy
  • Have a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid certificate or plan to attain this prior to first placement
  • Supply a National Police Check and Working with Children’s Check as a requirement for the Professional Experience Placement (PEP) component of the course
  • Students are required to sign a GOTAFE Student Acknowledgement outlining obligations of the course and PEP and a Fitness to Work Declaration on Orientation into the course
  • Students are required to have evidence of an active immunisation history (serology dependent), prior to commencement of Professional Experience Placement (PEP). This is at the student’s expense
  • Read and complete the English Language Proficiency Requirements Acknowledgement document included in the Information Pack or as part of your E-Application
  • Have the ability to work as a member of a team, high level of communication skills, desire to commit to the course and time management skills

English Language Standards
This course has program entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Therefore students must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and 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 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 lists the approved tests & minimum scores required:

  • IELTS (academic Module) – minimum overall score of 7, minimum score of 7 in each component
  • OET – minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
  • PTE (Academic) – minimum overall score of 65, minimum score of 65 in each 4 communicative skills
  • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94, 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.

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
Conduct clinical assessments
Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
Research and report on nursing trends and practice

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests/quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Projects and reports
  • Online and simulated assessments
  • Workplace observation/demonstration

Students must also purchase a uniform and suitable footwear which is to be worn throughout the duration of the course both on PEP and in all classroom/clinical simulation experiences.

Students are required to purchase textbooks, a stethoscope and other basic clinical tools as outlined in the Course Guide to facilitate practicing clinical skills.

Credit Transfer and RPL

From July 2017 the Nursing and Midwifery Board changed policy regarding credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Credit transfer and or RPL for previous studies towards Diploma of Nursing must be consistent with AQF national principles and the student's ability to meet the NMBA Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice. As per these policies, GOTAFE requires that the applicant for CT/RPL has a minimum of two years industry experience relevant to the qualification/unit. For all ENN units, the applicant must provide evidence of undertaking enrolled nurse work as an enrolled nurse or enrolled nurse student. There is no credit transfer as units are not deemed to be equivalent. GOTAFE is also required to check that statements of attainment supplied for credit transfer where applicants have undertaken studies elsewhere, that the RTO has current ANMAC accreditation to deliver Diploma of Nursing as evidenced on the AHPRA website.

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.

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 place. There is no cost to the student for this program.

Jen Woods
Campus: Shepparton

Rebecca Guy
Campus: Benalla

Anne Leavett-Brown
Campus: Wangaratta

Anne Cowton
Campus: Wangaratta

Andrea Steele
Campus: Seymour

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 undertaking the Diploma of Nursing 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 maybe 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 click Enquire Now.

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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