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.

Course description

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.

Course structure

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.

Clinical placements

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.

Placement requirements

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.

Study requirements

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.

Dress code

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

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Practise nursing within the Australian health care system HLTENN001 1-3
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice HLTENN008 1-27
Apply communication skills in nursing practice HLTENN002 1-23
Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002 4-9
Analyse and respond to client health information HLTAAP003 10-14

Study Period 2: Introduction to Nursing (continued)

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures HLTINF001 13-27
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 13-13
Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care HLTENN003 15-17
Implement and monitor the care of the older person HLTENN013 18-20
Apply the principles of wound management in the clinical environment HLTENN006 21-23

Study Period 3: Fundamental Nursing Care

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 19-29*
Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems HLTENN012 28-32

(* overlap with Study period 2)

Study Period 4: Fundamental Nursing Care (continued)

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy HLTENN007 30-51†
Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems HLTENN011 33-36
Contribute to the nursing care of a person with complex needs HLTENN005 37-40

(† overlap with Study period 3)

Study Period 5: Complex Nursing Care

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Provide advanced first aid HLTAID006 40-43^
Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice HLTENN010 41-43^
Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions HLTENN009 52-54

(^ overlap with Study period 4)

Study Period 6: Complex Nursing Care (continued)

Unit Name Unit Code Delivery Week
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 54-59
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002 54-59
Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans HLTENN004 55-59
Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes HLTENN025 60-62
Analyse and present research information BSBRES401 60-68
Develop work priorities BSBWOR404 60-68
Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting HLTENN015 63-66

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.

Enrol today.

Open Colleges School of Health RTO 40049 CRICOS 03733E CRICOS Course Code 099132 C

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Last updated May 20, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
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