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*
Studying the Diploma of Nursing at Holmesglen
This course allows you the time to develop your skills and build confidence in your knowledge.
You will learn in our Simulated Hospital Environment and Immersive Learning Centre at our Moorabbin campus.
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 students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday with one non-attendance day each week, which can change each semester.
Classes can be scheduled in the hours between 8am and 8pm
Students can expect to be on campus on average 12-15 hours per week. Semester breaks will be scheduled into the timetable.
This course includes clinical placement, which may be arranged for you during the semester or during semester breaks. All students must be available during these periods.
||Confirm physical health status
||Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
||Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
||Research and apply evidence to practice
||Analyse and respond to client health information
||Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
||Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
||Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
||Apply communication skills in nursing practice
||Implement and monitor care of the older person
||Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
||Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
||Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice
||Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
||Follow safe work practices for direct client care
||Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
||Manage personal stressors in the work environment
||Develop work priorities
||Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
||Work with diverse people
||Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
||Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
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
| Code || Name |
|HLTAAP002||Confirm physical health status|
|HLTENN007||Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy|
|HLTENN005||Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs|
|CHCPOL003||Research and apply evidence to practice|
|HLTAAP003||Analyse and respond to client health information|
|HLTENN008||Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice|
|HLTENN012||Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems|
|HLTENN010||Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice|
|HLTENN002||Apply communication skills in nursing practice|
|HLTENN013||Implement and monitor care of the older person|
|HLTENN011||Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems|
|HLTENN015||Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|HLTENN009||Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|HLTENN025||Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|HLTENN006||Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment|
|BSBWOR404||Develop work priorities|
|HLTENN001||Practise nursing within the Australian health care system|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|HLTENN004||Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|HLTENN003||Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care|
The difference between an enrolled nurse and a registered nurse
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 - 84KB) .
You need to be motivated to practise safely and professionally within the defined scope of practice of the enrolled nurse
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.
You may be admitted to the course with advanced standing for units of the qualification that have been completed at another registered training organisation. Advanced standing will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed the HLT43407 Certificate IV in Nursing or equivalent, may be eligible to apply for advanced standing in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
Students with a HLT40113 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, HLT50113 Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care or HLT60113 Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care or equivalent will also be considered for advanced standing. These applicants may be required to attend an interview.
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, which will allow for registration as an Enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (entry level criteria applies).
For more information, please visit the Nursing Midwifery Board.
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.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Apply through VTAC for the February intake for full-time study.
Applicants may also apply directly to Holmesglen for February, April and July intakes.
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.
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Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
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