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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 State ID: AYZ3
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Future proof your career by joining one of the most in demand professions- nursing!

As an enrolled nurse you can make a difference in a range of health care settings including hospitals, health clinics, community organisations or residential care. 

You will train in our simulated hospital ward with state-of-the-art medical equipment.  This Diploma will teach you how to be an Enrolled nurse by providing skills and knowledge in human biology, chemistry, medical terminology, medicines and how to deal with a range of people from different backgrounds.

You'll gain skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices and on completion you will be able to:

  • Assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing
  • Understand anatomy and physiology
  • Understand and implement infection control
  • Provide nursing care for the client
  • Understand legal and ethical parameters
  • Promote positive health
  • Understand health issues of Indigenous Australians
  • Contribute to the nutritional and mental health care of the clients

On completion of the Diploma of Nursing you can gain employment in the health industry. 

Entry to the Diploma of Nursing is very competitive. It is recommended that you discuss your application with a career development adviser. As part of an application for this course you will be required to sit and pass a 2 hour test on literacy and numeracy.

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This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 July 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees from until December 2021 capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Only course fees are half price. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course.

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Diploma of Nursing entrance requirements for school-aged applicants, educated in Australia:

  • Students must be a minimum age of 17 years and 6 months
  • A pass in year 12 English and maths. Though not a prerequisite, a science (e.g. human biology) might also be a good subject to choose.
  • Attainment of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent from another Australian State if not from Western Australia.
  • Mature-aged applicants (educated in Australia)
  • Completion of five (5) years continuous (full-time equivalent) of secondary, tertiary and/or vocational education (or a combination thereof)

Diploma of Nursing entrance requirements for non-school leavers educated in an English speaking country:

If you were not educated in Australia, you must provide evidence of: 

  • Being taught and assessed in English in any of the following recognised countries: Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; and United States of America. 
  • Completion of five (5) years continuous (full-time equivalent) of secondary, tertiary and/or vocational education (or a combination thereof) in above recognised country.

Diploma of Nursing entrance requirements for applicants educated in a non-English speaking country:

  • If you were educated in a non-English speaking country you will need to sit a board-approved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and achieve a minimum score of seven (7) in each of the four components, or Occupational English Test (OET) and achieve a minimum score of 'B' in each of the four components. Information on other acceptable tests is available from www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au(opens in a new tab) .
  • Test results will only be accepted as a course entry pre-requisite if they were obtained within two years before the date you lodge your application for registration, or for test results older than two years, you will need to be continuously enrolled in a board-approved program of study.

In some cases there may be alternatives for entry. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements or if you have any questions please contact us.

Work placement is a requirement for this course

This course has a mandatory work placement component that all students must complete. South Metropolitan TAFE will assist students in finding a suitable work placement by working with our industry partners. Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date, and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

 Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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