Health and Aged Care

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is part of the Health Training Package. It covers the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in line with some state/territory nursing and midwifery regulatory authorities. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

The Diploma of Nursing is designed to prepare participants for employment as an enrolled nurse. Enrolled nurses provide nursing care to clients with a stable condition under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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

Career Opportunities

Depending on how you completed this training, further study or career options may include:

  • Career opportunities may include working as an Enrolled Nurse within a hospital, mental health, acute care, aged care and community settings. Successful completion of the Diploma may also allow entry into a nursing degree with credit and/or advanced standing (1 year from a 3 year degree)
  • Students may choose to upgrade to an Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
  • At the completion of this course you will need to apply for enrolment with AHPRA (details can be found at, please visit this site to see enrolment requirements).

Dates and Times

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  2017
  • Information Sessions:  To be confirmed
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Bridging Course

Candidates for this qualification must be a medication endorsed Enrolled Nurse with Certificate IV in Health (or equivalent) and  current active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia.

  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake:  March 2017 (Dates to be advised)
  • Duration:  Full-time, 3 days per week – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9.30am to 4pm
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 16 November 2016 – 11amto 1pm OR 6pm to 8pm
    • Venue:  Wellington Square, Cnr Wellington & Paterson Street, Launceston
  • Please bring a pen, a copy of your resume and copies of any relevant documents to support your application.
  • Please DO NOT bring original documents
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register for an Information Session

Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake:  mid 2017 – Dates to be confirmed
  • Duration:  2 years, 2 days per week (this includes 3 work placements)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

Depending on your needs, learning may be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. Options will include:

  • Clinical Placement – supervised experience in a variety of work settings and conditions
  • Campus Based Learning including:
    • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things.
    • Classroom learning for theory
    • Simulated experiences
    • Guest Speakers
  • Learner Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning.
  • DVDs and 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.

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.


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Fees and Payments

Approximate costs for this qualification are:

  • Government Subsidised students – $7,909

With TasTAFE you can reduce your upfront costs in this qualification. Study now and pay later with VET FEE-HELP.

  • VET FEE HELP may be available but is dependent on funding
  • Students need to have either their TCE, Grade 12 leaving Certificate or passed a Commonwealth approved LLN assessment to access VET FEE HELP (still dependant on available funding)

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There are no pre-requisites for this qualification, however, entry to this course is highly competitive. Applicants are therefore required to attend an information and application session to:

  1. be in the best position to make an informed decision about this two year program of study and professional career pathway,
  2. to undertake literacy and numeracy activities that will guide selection.

Selection activities are based on:

  • evidence of preparation for Diploma level studies (academic background, prior studies at Certificate III in Aged Care)
  • evidence of interest in, preparation for working in the health field (work history, work experience, life experiences)
  • literacy (ability to read and comprehend, summarise and express concepts)
  • numeracy (ability to carry out basic calculations involving addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentage and decimal points)

Literacy and numeracy are both critical components of the course to meet the accreditation requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a Diploma of Nursing 25 units must be completed comprising of 20 compulsory and 5 elective units.

The  five electives listed have been designated as fulfilling the requirements of industry and endorsed at accreditation.

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