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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.

Gain these skills:

  • 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.

Is this the right course for you?

Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.

See the Core Skills Required (344 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)


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 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 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

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.

Attendance in-class

You will be expected to attend class 3-4 days per week over three semesters.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research. There is an online reading component to this course and as such, you should be computer literate and have available computer and internet access.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

This course includes a compulsory practical placement at a health care facility for a 3-4 weeks x 2 per semester. You must be available to attend all placement dates and times given by the facilities. Please note placement will be held from Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays (in week blocks) and you may be rostered on morning, afternoon  and night shifts. Please note, your placement could be held at a facility up to 45 minutes drive from campus. Transport to placement and parking costs are at the students own expense.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pens, exercise book, highlighters) and wear enclosed footwear.

A uniform is a requirement for this course. This is to be worn every practical lab session. This requirement will be discussed on the first day. The uniform consists of a SM TAFE scrub top and pants with closed in shoes. 

There is a compulsory text purchase prior to class start date. This will be given in your orientation information. 


Industry Requirements

The following are out of pocket expenses the student will be expected to pay

  • You will require a medical including evidence of serology for your immunisation status including a flu vaccination 
  • A national Police Clearance within the last 12 months (certain offences on your police clearance may affect your clinical placement)
  • A working with Children card (over 18's) (Approximately $11)
  • A Department of Health Criminal Clearance ( Free if you have a current National Police Clearance)
  • A NDIS Criminal Clearance (Approximately $11)

All documentation and information will be given at orientation.

 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.

Murdoch University

This course has a study pathway to Murdoch University(opens in a new tab) as of October 2020.

  • Bachelor of Nursing (B1335) - 18- 28 Credit Points


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