(HLT54115) Diploma of Nursing

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Course Duration
93 weeks
Hobart, Launceston
Intake Dates
Hobart: March; Launceston: March
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
Additional Course Costs
English Language Requirements
IELTS 7 (no band less than 7) or equivalent

Course Overview

Throughout this course you will develop a range of skills, such as admissions and discharge planning procedures, diagnostic procedures, wound management, and general nursing practices, which can be applied in employment within hospitals, mental health care facilities, acute care, and aged and community care settings.

Upon successful completion of this course you may be eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse (Medication Endorsed) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. An Enrolled Nurse works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, providing nursing care to patients with a stable condition.

This qualification would suit:

  • People interested in a career in Nursing
  • People who have a Certificate III or above qualification in the Community Services or Health field.
  • People who are currently working in the Community Services or Health industry and want to gain a formal qualification
  • People who want to work in a variety of clinical settings including: community, aged care, mental health and acute care

You will be required to undertake a National Police Check.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities may include working as an Enrolled Nurse within a hospital, mental health, acute care, aged care and community settings.

At the completion of this course you will be able to apply for enrolment with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Details can be found at http://www.ahpra.gov.au. Please visit this site to see enrolment requirements. Please note the language requirement for registration with AHPRA is IELTS 7.0 (Academic module).


Pathways to further study

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division) may provide up to one year’s advanced credit into a Nursing degree.

Course Structure

All students of Enrolled Nursing undertake a minimum of 360 hours of clinical placement. You will undertake the practical components of your course in the health sector and work alongside qualified professionals. The clinical placement opportunities are divided over three (3) settings: aged care related placement, community or other setting and acute care related placement. Students are fully supervised during these placements by TasTAFE staff, in conjunction with work place clinical experts. Clinical placement attendance follows the shifts set by the placement organisation, with the majority being from 7.00 am to 3.30 pm, but some different shifts may be required depending on the organisation.

The structure of the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division) includes:

  • Clinical Placement – supervised experience in a variety of work settings and conditions
  • Campus Based Learning including:Learner Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning.
  • Demonstrations
  • Classroom learning for theory
  • Simulated experiences
  • Guest Speakers
  • Videos – Resources that give you extra support and information.
  • Computer Assisted Learning – A self-paced system that gives you extra support and information.
  • Workshops/seminars – attending and/or participating.

To achieve a Diploma of Nursing, 25 units must be successfully completed:

20 Core Units

CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyCHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceHLTAAP002Confirm physical health statusHLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health informationHLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care systemHLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practiceHLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing careHLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plansHLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needsHLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environmentHLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapyHLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practiceHLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditionsHLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problemsHLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problemsHLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older personHLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care settingHLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and proceduresHLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care

5 Elective Units

Electives may vary from region to region, contact GETI Tasmania for a full list of electives.

Additional information relating to Enrolled Nursing can be found at www.anmc.org.au

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures and Professional Nursing Standards must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Recognition – you may be able to show that you already have the ability, and don’t need to be assessed again. Ask us for more information.
  • Variety of Written Assessments.
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based.
  • Practical – you will be observed demonstrating Clinical Skills.

Assessments will be undertaken by qualified TasTAFE staff in conjunction with Workplace Assessors who are co-assessors whilst students are on clinical placement.


English Entry Requirements

IELTS 7 General Training (no band less than 7.0) or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



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Prabhjot KAUR

My favourite thing is the way of teaching. I love it. Everyone is good here. The teachers are so good, friends are co-operative too. The teachers really help when I need, give support, and if I need any help with assessments they provide more information.

Prabhjot Kaur, Nursing.