Diploma of Nursing


Course Length

Full time:

2 Years

Part time:

2.5 Years


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Trainee:


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Delivery Mode

On Campus

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.

Students are also offered the option of enrolling into an individualised Literacy Support plan as part of their Diploma of Nursing enrolment. 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.

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.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $15,282.00

2. Subsidised Trainee: $15,044.00

3. Full Fee: $22,006.00

Course Materials: $849.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2020 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

Entry Requirements

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:

  • The selection process includes undertaking 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. As of 1 July 2018, ANMAC requires prospective students meet exit level 3 in reading, writing & numeracy
  • Students are also required to supply a National Police Check, Working With Children's Check, current immunisation history & Fit to Practice documentation as a requirement of right of entry to health services to be able undertake the Professional Experience Placement (PEP) component of the course. In addition, 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 need to read & 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 & 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 1 of the following ways:

  • English is your primary language & have attended & satisfactorily completed at least 6 years of primary & secondary education taught & 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 & vocational &/or tertiary level education taught & 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 of the 4 components
  • 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.

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 re 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001 - Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002 - Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003 - Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004 - Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005 - Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006 - Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007 - Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008 - Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009 - Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011 - Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012 - Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013 - Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015 - Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units
BSBWOR404 - Develop work priorities
CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
HLTENN010 - Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN025 - Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

Assessment Methods

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.

Additional Information

Students are required to have evidence of an active immunization history (serology dependent), prior to commencement of Professional Experience Placement (PEP).
This is at the student’s expense.

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 items related to PEP: a stethoscope and other basic clinical tools as outlined in the Course Guide to facilitate practicing 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.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior leaning (RPL) applications for ENN units of competency will only be considered in where the knowledge and performance evidence including the clinical placement experience (PEP) is undertaken within the scope of practice of an Enrolled Nurse. CT/RPL will be managed on an individual student basis

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) undertakes functions as set by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The NMBA regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public.
Under the National Law, all nursing and midwifery students enrolled in an approved program of study, or who are undertaking clinical training, must be registered as a student with the NMBA.

Read a Fact Sheet explaining Student Registration requirements.

Before students start the PEP component of the course, they will need to complete a Student Fitness to Practice Declaration Form. It confirms the student doesn't have any pre-existing condition or disability that might affect them on professional practice. This needs to be updated prior to each block of PEP. If a student does not declare relevant information, they may not be covered by insurance that protects the student and others. Students can discuss individual circumstances or concerns re meeting these requirements prior to enrolment.

GOTAFE has an obligation under the National Law to notify AHPRA if a student enrolled in an approved program has:
"an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm” (Clause 141 (1) (b).Impairment is defined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, as in force in each state and territory. This declaration is underpinned by the following NMBA Enrolled nurse standards for practice:

  • Physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence), that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect a registered health practitioner’s capacity to safely practise the profession or a student’s capacity to undertake clinical training.
  • Practitioners, employers and education providers are all mandated by law to report notifiable conduct relating to students

Students need to be aware that as of 1 March 2019 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Board) requires all applicants for initial registration[1] to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration.
This registration standard sets out how an applicant for registration can demonstrate to the Board that their competency in speaking and communicating in English is sufficient to practise nursing and/or midwifery.

This standard applies to all applicants for initial registration.
It does not apply if you are applying for non-practising registration or if you are a student.

3. Enrolled nurses
If you are applying for registration as an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence that you have successfully completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country, which includes vocational qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.
The Board will only accept the successful completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education that is a combination of:

  1. vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
  2. tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  3. combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  4. tertiary education taught and assessed in English

The last period of education must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for registration.

Information Sessions

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.

Course Co-ordinator

Jen Woods
Campus: Shepparton

Rebecca Guy
Campus: Benalla

Anne Cowton/Anne Leavett-Brown
Campus: Wangaratta

Andrea Steele
Campus: Seymour

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Shift work is required whilst on placement.

Where to From Here

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.

Educational Support Services

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.