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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 | State ID: AYZ3

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.

With our nursing qualification you'll gain skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices. By the end of the course 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 graduates can gain employment in the health industry. Employment prospects are high in this industry and you'll also gain satisfaction from helping people and possibly even saving lives.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  – Changes to Diploma of Nursing entrance requirements

Considering a career in (enrolled) nursing and wondering what subjects you should choose at school or what the prerequisites are for getting into a nursing course?

School-aged applicants (minimum age 17 years and 6 months and educated in Australia)

If you wish to study nursing at TAFE you will need: • 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)

All other applicants (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.

All other 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/

Test results will only be accepted as a course entry prerequisite if they were obtained:  • Within two (2) years before the date you lodge your application for registration.  OR  • For test results older than two (2) years, you can still apply if you have been 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.

Download our changes to Diploma of Nursing requirements flyer

Core Skills Required

Entrance Requirements

Job opportunities

Entrance Requirements
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
Job opportunities


  • enrolled nurse



For information about jobs and pathways, please see http://joboutlook.gov.au/


Further study opportunities:


  • University


Delivery location, important dates and study options

Semester 1

Murdoch - Full Time-Classroom


Fees and charges


Duration 18 months
When Semester 1
Where Murdoch
How Full Time
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Semester 2

Murdoch - Full Time-Classroom


Fees and charges


Duration 3 semesters
When Semester 2
Where Murdoch
How Full Time
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This course uses TAFE Admissions. Apply by 6 December to study in Semester 1. 

Course enquiry

Please note: This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply or require further application information, please see the instructions against your preferred delivery location and study mode in the section immediately above this form. 

Page last updated September 04, 2019