Diploma of Nursing
Welcome to your Diploma of Nursing! If you want to build a career that’s meaningful, that fills you with a sense of purpose and provides diverse job opportunities, this Diploma course is for you.
How will you benefit?
This Diploma of Nursing course has a strong practical focus, which will prepare you to work as a qualified Enrolled Nurse. It’s also the only qualification that can lead you to becoming registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse, upon successful completion.
By studying this Diploma, you’ll:
- Enjoy the flexibility of classroom-based learning combined with online study and practical clinical placement
- Study abroad in attractive, world-class destinations (Perth and Adelaide)
- Obtain a nationally-recognised Australian nursing qualification
- Be eligible for the Diploma to Degree Pathway
- Be connected with respected employers looking right now for nursing students just like you
What will you learn?
As well as gaining the skills, experience and qualifications needed to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia, you’ll also learn:
> About nursing in the Australian health care system
- Legal and Ethical Nursing requirements in the Australian context
- Professional standards and responsibilities in the Australian context
> How to implement and monitor care programs for a range of health conditions
> A full range of nursing competencies including infection control, wound management, advanced first aid and more
Diploma to Degree Pathway
On successful completion of this Diploma of Nursing, you’ll receive an Australian recognised qualification and graduate as an Enrolled Nurse.
Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway
If you’re hoping to continue your studies at university, this course is a great starting point. This Diploma allows you to go on to study an undergraduate Nursing Bachelor degree at Southern Cross University.
This will enable you to register as a Registered Nurse, once you have completed the degree. You’ll also be eligible for credits, meaning you’ll complete the degree in less time.
Other pathway opportunities
You may also enjoy credit recognition at many universities across Australia, including all of the ones that are local to our Perth and Adelaide campuses.
How long will your Diploma take?
18 months full-time across six study periods.
How will you study?
Your schedule will have two classroom days per week with your educator. You’re expected to speak and engage in English whilst on campus as this will assist your English language proficiency.
You’ll also study online using our learning platform, called OpenSpace.
You’ll complete online learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require on average, a commitment of at least 10 to 20 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.
Professional experience placement
Your Diploma also includes practical job-relevant experience through clinical lab simulations and clinical work placement in both public and private hospital, aged care and other health facilities.
The three main clusters of clinical placements to be completed cover: residential aged care, community/primary care and mental health and acute care settings.
To be eligible for the clinical placement, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Criminal history check
- Working with children’s check (WA)
- Immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations
- First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
- Manual Handling Certificate (part of the Diploma)
- Completion of any relevant electronic health records system training (part of the Diploma)
What are the admission requirements for the course?
International student entry requirements
To be eligible for enrolment you have to meet the entry and English requirements below.
1. Be 18 years of age or over
2. Meet the Australian Department for Immigration and Border Patrol eligibility criteria for a Student Visa to Australia
3. Complete an online test to assess your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills against the standard levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
4. Have successfully completed the overseas equivalent to an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12)
5. Complete one of the following English language proficiency tests and meet the requirements for test results:
- IELTS (Academic module) test
- OET Online test
- PTE Academic test
- TOEFL iBT test
6. You must complete a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) assessment, including evidence of financial capacity to study and live in Australia for the duration of your course
7. You must reside in either South Australia or Western Australia for the duration of your course
8. You must provide evidence of the required Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your course.
Further information about your entry requirements can be found in the course guide.
Becoming registered as an Enrolled Nurse
Upon successful completion, you will exit this course with a Diploma of Nursing. Graduates wishing to work as an Enrolled Nurse must register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You will need to meet the AHPRA English language skills registration standard pathway.
The NMBA English language skills registration standard lists pathways that you can use to demonstrate English language competence.
Bring your own device
To participate in this Diploma of Nursing course, you’ll need to have access to a laptop, notebook, tablet or smartphone for the duration of the course. Both the online component you complete at home and the facilitated learning you undertake on campus with your educator require you to use this device.
Textbooks and resources
You’ll have to purchase some textbooks to help you complete your course, which are listed in the course guide. You’ll also receive a list of optional resources and the time we recommend they would be of most value.
You’ll have to abide by a professional dress code that meets The School of Health and clinical placement agency requirements.
Order of studies
Study Period 1: Introduction to Nursing
|Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
|Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
|Apply communication skills in nursing practice
|Confirm physical health status
|Analyse and respond to client health information
Study Period 2: Introduction to Nursing (continued)
|Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
|Follow safe work practices for direct client care
|Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
|Implement and monitor the care of the older person
|Apply the principles of wound management in the clinical environment
Study Period 3: Fundamental Nursing Care
|Reflect on and improve own professional practice
|Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
(* overlap with Study period 2)
Study Period 4: Fundamental Nursing Care (continued)
|Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
|Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
|Contribute to the nursing care of a person with complex needs
(† overlap with Study period 3)
Study Period 5: Complex Nursing Care
|Provide advanced first aid
|Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
|Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
(^ overlap with Study period 4)
Study Period 6: Complex Nursing Care (continued)
|Work with diverse people
|Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
|Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
|Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
|Analyse and present research information
|Develop work priorities
|Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
How to apply
We want to make your enrolment process as simple as possible, so you can concentrate on learning new skills and earning great qualifications.
To apply for the Diploma of Nursing contact the approved educational centres below. They will provide you with information about the course, fees, answer any questions you may have and provide you with a form to complete.
The application process is quick and easy and is the first step in making your dreams a reality.
Open Colleges School of Health RTO 40049 CRICOS 03733E CRICOS Course Code 099132 C
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