The Diploma of Nursing covers the nursing skills and knowledge you require to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled nurse, providing preparation for nursing practice that is client focused and holistic.
Career opportunities, include:
Pathways to further study:
- One year's advanced standing into the Bachelor of Nursing with a Commonweatlh Supported Place (CSP) for local student graduates who have maintained a credit average throughout the course (for Local students only)
- One year's advanced standing into the Bachelor of Nursing for international student graduates who have maintained a credit average, subject to attending a Transition Program*
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Studying the Diploma of Nursing at Holmesglen
This course allows you the time to develop your skills and build confidence in your knowledge.
We have industry-current nursing staff who will support you through the course. You will learn through a combination of on-campus theory, simulation activities in the nursing environment and supported clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings.
The range of clinical placements reflects the diverse opportunities for employment for enrolled nurses in the health workforce, which may include aged care, rehabilitation, sub-acute and acute settings.
Holmesglen will register all qualifying students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Classes are scheduled Monday to Fridays, three days per week, which can change each semester.
Classes can be scheduled in the hours between 8am and 8pm.
Students can expect to be on campus for a minimum 20 hours per week. Semester breaks will be scheduled into the timetable.
This course includes a minimum 400 hours of clinical placement, which may be arranged for you during the semester or during semester breaks. Clinical placements will be arranged at locations across Victoria. All students must be available during these periods.
||Confirm physical health status
||Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
||Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
||Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
||Analyse and respond to client health information
||Manage personal stressors in the work environment
||Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
||Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice
||Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
||Apply communication skills in nursing practice
||Develop work priorities
||Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
||Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
||Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
||Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
||Follow safe work practices for direct client care
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
||Research and apply evidence to practice
||Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
||Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
||Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
||Implement and monitor care of the older person
||Work with diverse people
| Code || Name |
|HLTAAP002||Confirm physical health status|
|HLTENN003||Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care|
|HLTENN005||Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs|
|HLTENN015||Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting|
|HLTAAP003||Analyse and respond to client health information|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment|
|HLTENN011||Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems|
|HLTENN025||Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|HLTENN012||Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems|
|HLTENN002||Apply communication skills in nursing practice|
|BSBWOR404||Develop work priorities|
|HLTENN009||Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions|
|HLTENN008||Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice|
|HLTENN007||Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy|
|HLTENN006||Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCPOL003||Research and apply evidence to practice|
|HLTENN004||Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans|
|HLTENN010||Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice|
|HLTENN001||Practise nursing within the Australian health care system|
|HLTENN013||Implement and monitor care of the older person|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Selection criteria for all applicants
All applicants must sit a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test. This test will be administered via Holmesglen. You must achieve a minimum exit level three (3) in both numeracy and literacy.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Diploma of Nursing English Language Requirements. The Diploma of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the course. Download the English language requirements here (Word - 55kb) .
You need to be motivated to practise safely and professionally within the defined scope of practice of the enrolled nurse.
Inherent requirements of the Diploma of Nursing
The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students. Download the inherent requirements here.(Word - 402kb).
Clinical placement requirements
Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of their first clinical placement.
Prior to the first clinical placement, all students must:
- hold a valid Working With Children Check
- hold a valid National Police Record Check
- meet immunisation requirements.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
After completing this course, you will receive the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
After successfully completing the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, students who have maintained a credit average throughout the course can apply for advanced standing into the Bachelor of Nursing with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Holmesglen will only grant credit for HLTENN units from ANMAC approved Diploma of Nursing courses. You also need hold NMBA registration as an enrolled nurse prior to commencement.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.
VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.
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