HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the supervision of a registered nurse. This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the healthcare sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units.

A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program is able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an enrolled nurse, pending NMBA accreditation of this course *, and achieving an IELTS level of 7 in all 4 bands. Further information on registration is available at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

* Program of study is currently subject to accreditation by ANMAC.


Course code HLT54115
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode Classroom delivery: Face to face training and Practical Placement.
Duration Domestic and International: 82 weeks

The entry requirements for domestic students are:

  • Must be 18 years old or over
  • Complete year 12 or equivalent
  • Student must attend a Pre-Training Interview and complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment as part of selection process
  • To be registered as an Enrolled Nurse, applicants must meet the registration standards developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, pending NMBA accreditation of this course, including the Nursing and Midwifery English Language Skills Registration Standard. The approved standards can be accessed at: www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards
  • Students must obtain a satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check, Vaccination/Immunisation Certificate and Proof of Immunity (e.g. serology test results) for Clinical Placement, as required.

The entry requirements for international students are:

  • Must be 18 years old or over
  • Complete year 12 or equivalent
  • Minimum score of 7 – IELTS, 94 – TOEFL, 65 – PTE, 67 – CAE score or equivalent if the students do not wish to be registered as an Enrolled Nurse at the end of the course. For students seeking registration as an enrolled nurse, a minimum score of 7.0 for IELTS or equivalent is required.

Domestic and international students: 82 weeks

Classroom delivery hours is 1200 hours (60 weeks) plus 400 hours (10 weeks) clinical placement and 12 weeks of break

** Duration in weeks may vary dependent upon the amount of contact days per week

After successful completion of the program the students may gain employment in a health and community care facilities which may include a hospital, aged care, rehabilitation center, clinic, GP services as an enrolled Nurse.

Successful completion of a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) enables graduates to be eligible to apply to APHRA for registration as Enrolled Nurse.

Students need to meet the eligibility criteria set by AHPRA at the time of registration.

ETEA uses a range of assessment methods which may include:

  • Written assessment (open book)
  • Projects
  • Case study
  • Observation

Assessment will be either a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway or a Training and Assessment pathway.

For a Training and Assessment pathway, participants are advised of the assessment requirements at the start of each training session.

Students not achieving competency in any of the assessments will be required to undertake another assessment under the terms and conditions of ETEA’s reassessment policy.

Work based training

The Work based training component is one of the methodologies of assessments.

The nature of this occupation within the industry makes it important to embed Work based component as a part of assessment. As at a practical work level the occupation clusters all skills, it is important that all units are assessed.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Currently not taking enrolments. Please keep checking the website for regular updates. 

Qualification packaging requirements are that the participants need to complete the following:

25 units of competency, consisting of:

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:
  1. At least 3 units from the electives listed in the qualification information
  2. Up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome


Unit Code Unit Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian Health Care System
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective will be chosen to suit the chosen specialisation relevant to the work outcomes
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.

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