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:
- Enrolled nurse in an acute hospital, subacute, mental health, aged care, rehabilitation or community setting.
Pathways to further study:
- One year's advanced standing into the Bachelor of Nursing with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for local student graduates who have maintained a credit average throughout the course, subject to attending a Transition Program*.
- 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*.
Diploma of Nursing
Hear from Louise about her time studying the Diploma of Nursing
Studying the Diploma of Nursing at Holmesglen
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 - four 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
||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
| 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|
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|
|JobTrainer eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
*Mandatory Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised/Concession fees or a Free TAFE course. Materials and Activities fees are not covered by VET Student Loans.
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
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 now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
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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