HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
Do you enjoy working with people of all ages?
Do you find fulfilment in assisting others?
Looking to utilise your caring disposition?
The HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing can start you on the path to a meaningful career in nursing. This course is the essential minimum requirement to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia. Opportunities in the health sector continue to grow right across the country, with high employment outcomes for graduates. It’s a great time to start your career in this area.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in performing clinical assessments, contributing to the care of people with complex needs, administering and monitoring medications and IV therapy, effectively communicating with patients and colleagues, plus a host of other duties. Our highly experienced teaching team of industry professionals will be there to support your learning every step of the way.
Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek registration with the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia. Upon successful registration you may find work as an Enrolled Nurse within a diverse range of health care settings.
This course may lead to the following career opportunities:
- Acute Care Nursing (Hospital based)
- Aged Care Nursing (Residential Aged Care or Home and Community care)
- Community or Rehabilitation Nursing
- Rural and Remote Nursing
- Primary Health Nursing (Doctors surgeries)
- Mental health Nursing
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
- Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.
- Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.
- Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.
Please note, the full time course is 3 days per week and the part time course is 2 days per week. 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.
Classroom – Including undertaking project work, working in small groups and presentations
Applied learning and assessment activities in the simulated learning environment (Prac rooms)
Professional Experience (Clinical placement) 400 hours over the course duration
Online learning and assessment activities using TasTAFE online learning system CANVAS
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
- Verbal questioning
- Complete Workplace Documents in the professional experience
- Written assignments
- Quizzes/multiple choice
- Research projects
- Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
- Drug Calculation test that requires 100% result
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.
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?
- A great attitude and willingness to learn
- Pen and notepad
- USB or computer
Are there ‘other’ costs?
- A TasTAFE polo top is required for work placements ($45).
- A National Police Check ($50)
- Working with Vulnerable People check ( volunteer status) $19.00
- Other costs of $280.00 for the duration of the course to cover consumable equipment used in the prac rooms.
To practice safely in Australia, health practitioners, including nurses must have strong English language skills. This includes being able to communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, collaborate with other health professional and keep clear and accurate health records.
Domestic and International students:
To maintain our accreditation with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation council (ANMAC), all applicants must meet the following standards to enter into the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. ANMAC English Language Skills Page.
Students are required to provide evidence of meeting at least one of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language requirements listed prior to enrolment.
1: At least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the United States of America, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
NOTE: The student must include evidence, at the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate, of a minimum of one year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
2: At the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate, the applicant will be able to demonstrate having completed five (5) years (full time equivalent) continuous education, including Vocational Education, taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America. The five (5) years must include the following:
- Vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
- Tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
- Combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
- Tertiary education taught and assessed in English
- The five (5) years must include evidence of a minimum of one year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
3: Formal English assessment: The assessment must have been completed less than 2 years ago.
Formal English language tests are listed below, with their required outcomes to support enrolment:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of 7.0 overall and across each band
- Occupational English Test (OET) – a minimum score of ‘B’ in each of the four components
- Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) – a minimum score or 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
- Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet based test (TOEFL-iBT) – a minimum score of 94
4: Academic requirements for Domestic students applying for a Vet Student Loan (VSL)
Applicants are required to:
- Provide a Year 12 completion certificate; or
- Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma or higher (AQF); or
- Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australia Core Skills framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.
All students will also need to complete, as part of their application prior to enrolment, a written assessment and achieve competency of at least Exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy. This is a requirement in accordance with TasTAFE and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements
- A National Police Check
- A Working With Vulnerable People check is a requirement of workplaces in this industry and will be required before your practical placement can be undertaken.
- Declare physical and mental fitness to safely perform duties associated with direct care work including strength, mobility, hearing, vision and communication requirements.
- Have a current Immunisation /vaccination record
- Have basic computer skills.
- Once you have successfully completed the theoretical and practical simulation training components in each stage of the course, you will need to successfully undertake a clinical placement in a health care facility of hospital where you will get to use your new skills in the real world. You will be required to work shifts determined by the placement provider and this will include morning or evening shifts, Monday to Friday. Completing a placement is compulsory and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You will need to successfully undertake a minimum of 400 hours of placement to satisfy AHPRA’s requirements for your registration and qualification.
- Successful completion of this course can lead to eligibility to apply for Enrolled Nurse registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Please note that TasTAFE do not issue the registration and that it is your responsibility to meet any additional requirements. These may include being 18 years of age, English proficiency etc.
- Further details can be found here, NMBA Registration Standards Web 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.
All applicants will need to complete, prior to enrolment, a written assessment and achieve required competency levels in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy. This is a requirement in accordance with TasTAFE and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Entry into this course is via a selection process which includes a self-assessment, written application, assessment of numeracy skills and interview.
Students should be a minimum of 18 years. of age. Student visa applications under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs – Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.
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.
HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
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.