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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).

Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of Registered Nurses as members of multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with medical and allied health staff. In this course, students will learn how to work with patients, clients, and their families and care for people during some of the most challenging times in their lives.

With a combination of on-campus training and practical placement, other key outcomes for students include learning to support people through their daily tasks, perform complex interventions, promote healthy living practices, and support the emotional and psychological needs of their 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.

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

The information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

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

  • 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


Nursing - Starts on 3rd October - Monday & Tuesday - 9.00am to 4.00pm / 2022

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

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Be 18 years of age or more at time of enrolment
  • Supply current:
    • National Police Check with no disclosable outcomes,
    • Working With Children's Check,
    • Immunisation history (Immunisation and Health record completed one month before 1st placement as per the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Standardised Student Induction Protocol (SSIP)),
    • Fit-to-practice documentation before undertaking placement,
    • Statutory declaration of no disclosable outcomes if resided overseas for 12+ months since turning 18,
    • Evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Have a willingness to undertake the NDIS Worker Screening Check if required by placement.
  • Register with APHRA within 2 weeks of course commencement.
  • Have the ability to work as a member of a team, a high level of communication skills, a desire to commit to the course, and time management skills.
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness and physical stamina with no major health issues that would impact the ability to perform nursing duties as required
  • Have the ability to complete practical placements in any part of regional Victoria or metropolitan Melbourne; as per Training Package requirements, this is 440 hours divided into four placements.
  • International students have additional requirements of; satisfactorily completing the overseas equivalent to a Year 12 with passes in all subjects; Have a valid Study Study VISA
  • Psychological stamina to carry out:
    • working morning and afternoon shifts
    • empathy and resilience required for working with vulnerable patients
    • collection of blood and other bodily fluids
    • assisting with end of life experiences of humans

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.

    Domestic & International students:

    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).

    International students:

    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 their ability to enrol in future courses at the same level.

Eligibility for enrolment is based on BKSB 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.

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.

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% on-campus attendance for all types of classes for each individual unit
  • 100% attendance for all labs
  • 100% attendance at placement

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.

Specific detail for delivery modes:


  • The course is timetabled with 2 days of on-campus theoretical lectures, 1 day in the simulated practical lab and industry placement.

Echuca Regional Health

  • Via a third-party arrangement with Echuca Regional Health, students complete the same units of competency as GOTAFE on-campus students.
  • The course is 2 1/2 years, part-time
  • All students use GOTAFE approved learning and assessment resources.
  • A monthly trainer/student contact with Echuca Regional Health is undertaken to ensure programs are being delivered, as per third-party agreement terms and conditions.
  • Placements are arranged via the GOTAFE Placement Team which may include Echuca Regional Health, as well as additional industry host locations where GOTAFE has a practical placement agreement established.

Required resources:

Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this blended course:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.

Materials as per the HLT54115 Dip of Nursing - Booklist (available from the GOTAFE Bookshop), which include:

Textbooks to be purchased

  • Koutoukidis Tabbner’s nursing care & Essential enrolled nursing skills Value Pack 7th ed
  • Mosbys Dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions. Rev 3rd ed ANZ ed.
  • Marieb Essentials of Human Anatomy & physiology. 12th ed.
  • Brown & Edwards Lewis’s medical-surgical nursing 5th ed
  • Broyles & McKenzie Pharmacology in nursing. 3rd ANZ ed
  • Tiziani Havard’s nursing guide to drugs. 10th ed.

Other Materials

  • GOTAFE student uniform (GOTAFE Scrub Top Black / Navy Work plants /Nursing Leather Black or Navy closed in shoes)
  • Clinical Nursing Kit containing - Aneroid Sphygmomanometer, Tunable Stethoscope, Penlight torch + batteries.
  • Retractable ID Tag
  • Silicone fob watches
  • a stethoscope and manual blood pressure cuff. Recommend website

Other materials available from the GOTAFE Bookshop: pouches, ID card holders, Critical Second emergency information cards, various stationery and optional textbooks.


  • 440 hours required to be undertaken (11 x 40 hour weeks) of clinical placement. two weeks aged care, two weeks primary health care, three weeks clinical Placement (acute setting) and four weeks advanced placement (acute setting). Placement can be located from the west to the north of regional Victoria, and sometimes in the metropolitan areas which means students will be required to travel away for this. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation and living costs while away on placement.
  • Shift work is required whilst on placement.
  • 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 practicing clinical skills.
  • On placement, students will be required to care holistically for individuals in a variety of health care settings.
  • Duties will include all aspects associated with hygiene, toileting, dressing, attending to dietary intake or assist with feeding, skincare, wound care, administration of a variety of forms of medication (oral, topical, drops, injections, intravenous), maintaining and keeping documentation up-to-date, communicating with other health care workers, carers, family in regards to care needs.
  • A Police Check, Working With Children Check (WWCC), Fit-to-practice and immunisation evidence are mandatory to be able to attend all placements.
  • While on placement students have skills and unit requirements that they need to achieve in order to be deemed competent in the unit and on placement completion.

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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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