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Diploma of Nursing

National Course Code: HLT54115


Make a difference as an enrolled nurse in a skills shortage area, with the nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing. You will train in anatomy and physiology, infection control and medication administration and be ready to work in a range of health care settings including acute, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Care for a person with complex needs
  • Effectively communicate with patients and colleagues
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
  • Tend and manage wounds in the clinical environment
  • Work within legal and ethical parameters


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • High levels of professionalism and integrity
  • Advanced communication
  • Practical problem solving


  • A nationally recognised Diploma qualification
  • Eligibility to apply for NMBA approval and AHPRA registration that enables you to work across Australia as an enrolled nurse

You can go on to support the lives of people in need in:

  • Acute nursing
  • Aged care nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Mental health nursing


Take your career further and become a Registered Nurse with degree level study.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • High levels of professionalism and integrity
  • Analytical skills and pragmatic problem solving skills
  • A passion for working with people
  • High energy and commitment
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assessments: quizzes, short answer questions, case studies, written tasks, research projects
  • Practical assessments: manual handling, medication administration, wound care and activities of daily living
  • Workplace assessments: written tasks, reflective journals, verbal or written questioning, practical demonstrations, workplace portfolio

The Certificate III in Health Service Assistance is a good choice if you are looking to explore a career in care work and need to strengthen your skills before embarking on the Diploma. You will work in a supporting role assisting other health professional staff care for patients.

This course, the Diploma level is an accredited course to become an Enrolled Nurse. It enables you to work under supervision and report to a registered nurse.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the health industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in a range of clinical placements throughout your course. The aim is to provide insight and experience in different types of nursing.

Through scenario work, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in responding to and solving the types of problems you will likely encounter in your work placement. An example of a scenario may include carrying out clinical practice with a mannequin, in an industry-standard clinic room, all while managing your time, productivity and patient care. This enables you to experience the same pressures that exist in the workplace and learn how to master them.

Throughout the Diploma of Nursing, you will apply theoretical knowledge to a range of clinical scenarios and simulations. You will work on real world projects that consolidate your learnings, test your patient interview skills and put your analytical skills to work. All projects involve the key principles of nursing practice - assessment planning, implementation and evaluation.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments to enhance your learning and employability - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities.

The simulated workplace reflects authentic working conditions by replicating industry environments, equipment and resources.

You'll also have access to the following supports:

  • Counsellors, LNN specialists, interpreter services, helpdesk and online learning support
  • Guidance from Library staff and student support services
  • Opportunities to participate in tutoring
  • Time with your teacher outside of the classroom and online lecture environment and additional contact with them via email, Skype calls, phone calls, allocated meeting times
  • Work placement support - assistance in securing work placement, supportive conversations with a teacher or ESO, debriefing and mentoring by an ESO

The key driver in demand for health services is demographic change. Australia is experiencing long term ageing of its population. The healthcare workforce needs to increase in order to support the ageing population and ensure it has the necessary skills to cope with the future demand for services.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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