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Diploma of Nursing

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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.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
2 years full-time, 2.5 years part-time
Course Code
HLT54115
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$16,046 total

About this course

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.

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:

  • 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.

Study locations

Seymour - Wallis Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Benalla - Samaria Road

Shepparton - Fryers Street

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

Credit for prior study or work

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.

How to apply

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.