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Diploma of Nursing

Get the Skills required to become an Enrolled Nurse in Australia

The Diploma of Nursing gives you a thorough grounding in important health, technical, interpersonal and clinical skills, as well as the knowledge and skills that are required to practice nursing within the Australian healthcare system. This course is delivered over a total duration of 24 months.

  • Course Code : HLT54115
  • Course Name : Diploma of Nursing
  • AQF Level : Level 5 - Diploma
  • Duration : 102 weeks (4 Semesters)
  • School : School of Nursing
  • Provided By :
    Institute of Health and Nursing Australia
  • Accreditations/
    Funding :
    IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course IHNA Future Skills WA State Government Victoria

  • Articulation
    Pathways :
    La Trobe University deakin university Edith Cowan University

For those who are looking for a career in Nursing, where they can offer support and care to people who need it; the Diploma of Nursing is the right choice.

On completing the Diploma of Nursing, you can enter the healthcare industry as an Enrolled Nurse and work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This course will open the doors to many rewarding job opportunities, as thousands of jobs are expected to open in this sector over the next five years. More here.

The course will cover topics such as the following: First Aid, obtaining and interpreting a patient's physical information, work health and safety, working within a diverse environment, following organisational infection prevention and control procedures, performing preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems and more. This course aims to nurture highly-skilled, competent and confident enrolled nurses who can think critically and make the right decisions in the situations they may face.

Our Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) is a well-recognised course that is nationally accredited by Nationally Recognised Training in Australia (a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments).

Course learning outcomes

This course is designed to provide the following learning outcomes:

  • deep knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession and the development of the delivery of healthcare by nurses as health professionals;
  • understanding of the importance and application of legislation, regulations and legal precedent to enrolled nurse practice;
  • ability to practise in a safe and culturally competent manner by adhering to the Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice;
  • recognition of the accountability and responsibility of self and other health team members in the provision of nursing care in the area of practice;
  • critical thinking capabilities in the delivery of specific services;
  • skills to create and implement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments;
  • ability to strategize and provide holistic nursing care to support the healthcare needs of clients in all age groups and health conditions as applicable;
  • demonstration of cultural competence and teamwork as a basis for effective workplace and professional relationships;
  • comprehension of the importance of nursing research and abilities to critically analyse and apply evidence based practice guidelines to nursing practice;
  • participation in ongoing education programs to ensure quality improvement practices in own scope of care;
  • display of effective communication skills in a variety of healthcare settings;
  • compliance with nursing documentation requirements within own scope of practice;
  • ability to offer nursing care for clients with complex care needs including safe medication administration within the scope of enrolled nurse practice.

This course offers pathways to further studies such as:

  • Advanced Diploma of Nursing;
  • Bachelor of Nursing;
  • Bachelor of Midwifery.

Fee Summary

The total tuition cost for the Diploma of Nursing is AUD $25,000 for domestic students.

State Government Funding is Available for Eligible Students.
Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student's future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

IHNA's admission criteria are in line with the 'Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses', ensuring that candidates meet industry requirements.

  • Applicants must be 18 years old and above, and should have passed Secondary School year 12
  • Be of mature age (as demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years , or has completed a Certificate III level, or has 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication)

Additionally, applicants must have successfully completed IHNA's ACSF test and should be able to demonstrate competence as working at Level 4 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for Professional Experience Placement:

  • Must hold a current satisfactory Australian National Police clearance / AFP/ NCC and WWCC
  • We recommend that students must complete the immunization requirements before the start date of the Professional Experience Placement
  • Students must possess basic computer skills.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are clinical practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the hospital and community health settings. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Additional skills and abilities are needed to perform patient/ resident care in the clinical settings to pass the course objectives and requirements.

  • Strength : Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a patient, and perform CPR
  • Mobility : Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
  • Hearing : Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
  • Vision : Sufficient to make physical assessments of patients and equipment.
  • Communication : Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements then please declare in your course application, special needs section.

IHNA has partnered with La Trobe University to build pathways into Health and Nursing degrees.
Completing HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing gives 165 credits / 11 subjects towards:

For more information, please contact our admission consultants on 1800 22 52 83
This course has a total planned duration of 102 weeks of classroom theory (structured for four semesters, 20 hours per week on campus) and simulation laboratory sessions (with candidates completing 480 hours of clinical placement in different care facilities).

The Diploma of Nursing has a total of 25 units; 20 core units and five elective units.


CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care


HLTENN010Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTAID003Provide first aid
BSBWOR404Develop work priorities
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTENN020Conduct clinical assessments
Diploma of Nursing at IHNA is available in both face to face mode and blended delivery modes.

Face to Face Mode

Face to face delivery mode is provided through 20 hours of class room delivery every week. This class room delivery includes theory and simulation based practice which is conducted in IHNA simulation lab.

Each semester will have a practical placement component which will be conducted in an aged care facility/GP Clinic/Mental Health Facility/Sub Acute Facility/Acute Facility based on the relevant semester.

The practical placement will be 5 days a week morning or afternoon shift in the respective facility.

The practical placement will be arranged by IHNA. We DO NOT guarantee that the practical placement venue will be close to your suburb. It can be anywhere in Australia .

Student must be ready to travel and stay anywhere in Australia for practical placement at their own cost.

Blended Delivery Mode

Blended delivery mode is provided partly online with trainer led webinar sessions and other online learning materials.

Blended students can attend the trainer led webinar sessions and go through the online learning materials.

Blended students must attend the two weeks simulation lab practice every semester in an IHNA simulation lab in our Heidelberg campus.

Blended students must attend the practical placement component which will be conducted in an aged care facility/GP Clinic/Mental Health Facility/Sub Acute Facility/Acute Facility based on the relevant semester.

Blended students are required to attend a mandatory one day a week on-campus except for clinical and simulation lab training, this day will be arranged by your campus.

The practical placement will be held 5 days a week morning or afternoon shift in the respective facility.

The practical placement will be arranged by IHNA. We DO NOT guarantee that the practical placement venue will be close to your home. It can be anywhere in your state.

If the practical placement is not available in your state, then IHNA reserves the right to send you to another state for completing your practical placement.

At times you may have to travel more than one hour, or stay close to the placement venue at your own expenses.

After completing the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) successfully, students can visit Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to apply for registration.

What Can AHPRA's Registration Do for Me?

It enables graduates to practice nursing in a variety of areas including acute care, medical, surgical, general, rehabilitation, palliative care, operating theatres, paediatric, community, mental health or aged care settings in Australia under the supervision and direction of the Registered Nurse.

This course may have pathways to further studies such as:

• Advanced Diploma of Nursing;
• Bachelor of Nursing;
• Bachelor of Midwifery.

On successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115), students can apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

This registration enables graduates to practice nursing in a variety of areas including acute care, medical, surgical, general, rehabilitation, palliative care, operating theatres, paediatric, community, mental health or aged care settings in Australia under the supervision and direction of the Registered Nurse.

VET Students Loan

From January 1st 2017, the VET FEE-HELP scheme of the Australian Government has been replaced by VET Student Loans.
To minimise disruption to existing students, a phased approach is being taken to transition from VET FEE-HELP to the new VET Student Loans program, whereby students wishing to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements will need to opt-in. To know more, please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/node/43471 .
The VET Student Loans is a loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in higher level vocational education and training courses at approved course providers pay their tuition fees. Access to a VET Student Loan is approved by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


To get a VET Student Loan, you must be an eligible student who is studying an approved course with an approved course provider. You must apply to the government using the approved form, and must confirm your engagement and progression to continue to access the loan throughout your course.
Further details of eligibility are given below:

• You are an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long-term residency requirements, or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
• You have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
• You are enrolled with an approved course provider in an approved course and have enrolled in accordance with the application requirements.
• You are studying the approved course primarily at a campus in Australia.
• Your course meets the course requirements, if it:

• is specified on the VET Student Loans (courses and loan caps) determination (the courses and loan caps determination); and
• delivered by an approved course provider; and
• is a qualification of diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

• You have been assessed by your approved course provider as academically suited to undertake the approved course by either:

• providing your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
• by providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English); OR
• displaying competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.
• In addition, your approved provider must reasonably believe you show competence in completing the course.

• You meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements.
• You have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or are otherwise exempt.
• You have read the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet
• You have given the required documents to your approved course provider and submitted the loan application form by the first census day no less than two business days after enrolling.

Fee-Help Limit

You can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay your tuition fees. For 2017, the FEE-HELP limit is $100,879 for most students. There is no interest charged on HELP debts.
For some students, a 20 per cent loan fee applies to VET Student Loans for full fee paying / fee for service students.


You must start repaying your HELP debt through the tax system once your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying. The threshold is adjusted each year and for the 2016-17 income year it is $54,869 or above.

Want To Know More?

Please check updated information given in the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet , at this link:

Statement of VET Tuition Assurance

To apply for this course, just scroll down and submit an enquiry. Our representative will get back to you and provide guidance.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. It acknowledges your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

  • formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
  • informal learning - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
  • non-formal learning - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences);
  • A mix of the above.
This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or part

qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course. Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • Perform tasks or jobs
  • Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process)
  • Provide evidence of your work.

A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

  • Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
  • Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
  • Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience
  • Attach these documents with your application.
  • Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
  • There is a Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

RPL Fees

RPL Scope Evaluation Fee: AUD $200.00
RPL Tuition Fee: AUD $5900.00


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.

Course Pathways


Credit Finder – Find credit towards your course from your previous study


For more details call our RPL specialists today at 1800 22 52 83 ( Toll Free ) or scroll down to submit an enquiry.

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