Health and Aged Care

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

The HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing program is the qualification required to become an Enrolled Nurse. This program is a priority for Tasmania as it is a current government priority to grow the Enrolled Nurse workforce to 25% of the overall Nurse workforce; it is currently sitting at 12%. The TasTAFE Nursing program is a combination of tutorials, directed online learning and simulation formulated to provide the best learning experience to prepare student to enter into the EN role.

Our Nursing program is designed on a conceptual framework, providing a scaffolded approach to learners through a spiral curriculum approach. This approach, which underpins the program, supports graduates to develop both technical and theoretical knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across different stages of life in a range of settings across the health sector. The training provided is student focussed and designed to build and expand knowledge through a three-phase approach.

The three phases are a contemporary approach to stimulate student’s engagement and learning. The phases allow students to gain skills and knowledge appropriate to their stage of learning and apply these in the workplace. The spiral curriculum approach allows students to construct learning through repeated experience, practice and critical examination of concepts and technical skills that increase in complexity in each revisitation. As learning progresses, students will continuously revisit concepts through participation in simulated client care scenarios. Finally, students will be able to demonstrate their role and responsibilities through participation in complex care scenarios and identifying relevant standards of practice. The HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing supports students training and assessment in well-equipped simulation laboratories and through the three-phase approach to meeting and applying the EN standard of practice through a structured work placement program.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

Enrolled Nurse within the following:

  • Hospital
  • Residential Aged Care facility
  • Mental Health Services
  • Specialist Clinics/ Medical Practices
  • Acute care Hospitals

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

  • Advanced Diploma of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing at university.

Location, dates and times

SOUTH
Clarence Campus

  • Next intake: 2021
  • Duration:  84 weeks, full time, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am – 3.30pm. Third day is structured online learning (optional attendance)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest


NORTH
Launceston Campus

  • Next intake: 2021
  • Duration:  84 weeks, full time, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am – 3.30pm. Third day is structured online learning (optional attendance)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest


NORTH WEST
Devonport Campus

  • Next intake: 2021
  • Duration:  84 weeks, full time, Tuesday & Friday, 9am – 3.30pm. Third day is structured online learning (optional attendance)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Attendance Options

Please note, the full time course is 3 days per week in all regions.

As a requirement for Nurse Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), 400 hours of professional experience needs to be undertaken as part of the course. This professional experience is FULL TIME, morning or evening shift, 5 days per week, Monday to Friday.

Learning Options

This course is delivered using blend of learning modes, including online learning, attendance at classes/tutorials, simulations and practical placement. Outside of structured learning time, students have the option to study off campus through the TasTAFE online learning platform or access computers available on campus.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.
Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written short answer
  • Case Studies
  • Quizzes/multiple choice
  • Research projects
  • Observations in a simulated assessment environment
  • Tests

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Due to the nature of the specific Enrolled Nursing units, recognition is unavailable for these 15 units.

  • HLTAAP002
  • HLTAAP003
  • HLTENN001
  • HLTENN002
  • HLTENN003
  • HLTENN004
  • HLTENN005
  • HLTENN006
  • HLTENN007
  • HLTENN008
  • HLTENN009
  • HLTENN011
  • HLTENN012
  • HLTENN013
  • HLTENN015

Each of these units has the Performance Evidence requirement of:

Undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) professional practice standards, codes and guidelines

“The NMBA Enrolled nurse standards for practice1 are the core practice standards that provide the framework for assessing Enrolled nurse (EN) practice” (NMBA, 2016). Enrolled nurse programs of study support students to achieve the NMBA Enrolled nurse standards for practice (ANMAC, 2017).

A person cannot apply to register with the NMBA as an Enrolled nurse unless they have completed a program of study that is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the NMBA (ANMAC, 2017). In order to achieve ANMAC accreditation, an education provider must be assessed again nine accreditation standards. Standard 1.32 dictates that in order to meet ANMAC standards an education provider must deliver the qualification of Diploma of Nursing, derived from the current National Health Training Package, at Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 5 (ANMAC, 2017).

Whilst there are other health programs that allow for the teaching and assessment of many skills that are integral to the enrolled nurse role, completion of the Diploma of Nursing (currently HLT54115) is the only current nationally approved program of study that focuses on the teaching and assessment against the NMBA Enrolled nurse standards for practice. Therefore, even if students brings with them knowledge and skills from another role within the health environment, they still need to undertake learning at the Diploma level for all HLTENN units to ensure they are able to apply skills and knowledge to the appropriate standards of practice.

Documents referenced:
1NMBA Professional Standards (2016)

2 ANMAC Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards (2017)

For the remaining 10 units for the qualification learners are able to have their competency from prior learning and work experience recognised in this qualification.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme.
Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

A concession rate is not available for this course.

What will I need to bring?

  • Pen and notepad
  • USB or computer
  • Access to a laptop/portable device is strongly recommended

Are there ‘other’ costs?

  • A TasTAFE polo top is required for work placements ($45).
  • A National Police Check ($45)
  • Working with Vulnerable People registration ($20)
  • Any additional vaccinations you may require (cost will vary)

Essential Requirements

Prior to enrolling in this training program, learners must satisfy the following entry requirements:

The Diploma of Nursing is an approved program of study for registration as an Enrolled nurse within Australia. This is determined through an accreditation process undertaken in consultation with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). As such, Standard 6.11 of the ANMAC Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards stipulates that:

“students that would be required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating they have achieved the NMBA specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program.”

The NMBA Registration Standard for English Language Skills2 is as follows:

If you are applying for initial registration you must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  1. English is your primary language and:
    a. You have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12, and
    b. Your tertiary qualification in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country

Recognised countries means one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

OR

  1. If you are applying for registration as an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence that you have successfully completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country, which includes vocational qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.

The Board will only accept the successful completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education that is a combination of:

  1. vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
  2. tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  3. combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  4. tertiary education taught and assessed in English

The last period of education must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for registration.

OR

  1. You achieve the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in this standard:

a. The IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE:
We will only accept test results:

  1. from one test sitting, or
  2. a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
  • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

b. The OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE:
We will only accept test results:

  1. from one test sitting, or
  2. maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
  • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below C.

c. The PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE:
We will only accept test results:

    1. from one test sitting, or
    2. a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
  • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58

d. The TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for listening,
  • 24 for reading,
  • 27 for writing, and
  • 23 for speaking.

NOTE:
We will only accept test results:

  1. from one test sitting, or
  2. a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
  • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the sections is below:
    • 20 for listening
    • 19 for reading
    • 24 for writing, and
    • 20 for speaking

e. Other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time and published on the Board’s website with the required minimum scores.

Documents referenced:

1ANMAC Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards (2017)

2Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registration Standard: English Language Skills (2019)

 International Students: Must be signed under a training offer of agreement for training through the international office TasTAFE – GETI. All students are assessed against the English, language and support criteria. This qualification is registered with CRICOS.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

In order to complete the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, you will need to successfully undertake clinical placements in health care facilities and/or hospitals. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. Completing a placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts.

A Working With Vulnerable People Card and National Police Check is a requirement of workplaces in this industry and will be required, 4 weeks before your first practical placement can be undertaken. It is your responsibility to pay for and source these documents then present them to TasTAFE as directed by your teacher.

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Working with Vulnerable people Card, you may be ineligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course progression and outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

It is a requirement of workplaces for students and employees to have an up-to-date immunisation status in accordance with the Australian Government Department of Health vaccination for people at occupational risk schedule. It is your responsibility as a student to discuss this with your doctor. You will be required to provide evidence of this 4 weeks prior to your first placement.

Successful completion of this course can lead to eligibility to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You will need to successfully undertake a minimum of 400 hours of placement to satisfy AHPRA’s requirements for your qualification.

Some of this documentation may take some time to obtain. You should begin the process of collecting this documentation immediately should you intend to apply for this course.

Please note that TasTAFE do not issue the license and that it is your responsibility to meet any additional requirements. These may include being 18 years of age, a Tasmanian resident, English proficiency etc. Further details can be found on the (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Graduate Applications page.).

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • A positive health attitude
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Simple word processing
  • Computer literacy
  • Problem solving skills
  • Commitment to learn

Making an informed choice

Wondering if this the right course for you? Use our Student Self-Assessment document to help in your decision-making process.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.

Outcome

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing, 25 units must be successfully completed. These include twenty core units and five electives. Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.

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