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1.5 Years


The accredited Diploma of Nursing prepares you to provide expert nursing care across the health sector.

You will learn anatomy and physiology, infection control and medication administration to work in a range of health care settings including: acute, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health.

TAFE NSW has developed this course in consultation with peak bodies and industry partners. Our extensive network gives you the opportunity to learn in diverse workplaces and to improve your technical and professional nursing skills.

Numeracy Requirements:

All international students will be required to undertake a Numeracy test prior to commencing the Diploma of Nursing. The purpose is to demonstrate sufficient numeracy skills. This is a requirement of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

To meet this requirement you will need to complete an assessment and achieve a competency of at least Exit Level 3 in Numeracy.

How will I do the test?

As part of your application process, a TAFE NSW support officer will contact you to arrange to take the test. The test is online access to a computer and the internet is required.

This course is superseded.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.


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Through theory and practical course work 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


Build your practical skills in:

  • Responding to and solving problems
  • Carrying out clinical practice with a mannequin
  • Managing your time, productivity and patient care
  • Experiencing and adapting to the pressures of the workplace


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this industry:

  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Analytical and pragmatic problem solving approach
  • High energy and commitment
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills


Around the world there are about 27.9 million nurses and its estimated about 6 million more nursing jobs will be created by 2030.

Key trends shaping nursing and the healthcare industry include:

  • Virtual reality (VR) simulations to get ready for real world hospital situations, including how to assess patients symptoms
  • Telehealth and remote nursing
  • Nursing informatics to manage patient data


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 across all bands or equivalent
Additional Requirements:
  • Numeracy Skills - All students will need to complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) assessment and achieve a competency of at least Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
  • This is a requirement of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
  • How will I do the test? As part of your application process, a TAFE NSW support officer will contact you to arrange to take the test. The test is online access to a computer and the internet is required.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

This course requires you to successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of work placement.

TAFE NSW will secure a placement for you and assist with coordinating the workplace learning and other workplace activities you will undertake. This is in line with TAFE NSW policy.

Placements generally only begin after you have had a reasonable amount of contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties.

Prior to your first clinical placement, you must show evidence that you:

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You are required to meet the 10 Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice which provide the core practice standards required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which must be observed and achieved during work placement.

To be prepared for this course it is recommended you have:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work rotating shifts in your career as a nurse

Physical Ability

You must have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual lifting
  • First aid responses like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor
  • Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on adult and infant mannequins at floor level, and respond to an emergency where there may be a risk of life
  • If you are unable to meet these physical requirements you will not be able to complete this course

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is able to apply for registration with the NMBA as an enrolled nurse. For more information on registration please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bathurst Aug (Full) A$24,130
Castle Hill Apr , Sep A$24,130
Kingswood Feb (Full) , Jul , Sep A$24,130
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb (Full) , Apr , Oct (Full) A$24,130
Randwick Feb , Jul A$24,130
St George (Kogarah) Feb (Full) , Jul A$24,130
Ultimo Feb (Full) , Jul (Full) A$24,130
Wetherill Park Apr (Full) , Oct A$24,130
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Kingswood Feb A$24,130
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Jul A$24,130
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$24,130


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


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

In this course you will learn in a TAFE NSW simulated environment that reflects authentic working conditions by replicating industry environments, equipment and resources.

We offer a range of support services including:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

You will also have access to the following services to help you succeed:

  • Time with your teacher including additional contact through email, Skype calls, phone calls and allocated meeting times
  • Teacher or Education Support Officer assistance to secure your clinical placement


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • Total number of units = 25.
  • 20 core units & 5 elective units, consisting of: Note: HLTAID003 is a compulsory elective in TAFE NSW.
  • At least 3 units from the electives listed below and up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. To enable recording of the 440 Hours of work placement 14393A is a compulsory addition to the offering in TAFE NSW to record the work placement requirement of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards. (See the full packaging rules in and the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards in
  • Core Units
  • 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
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a University Degree:

  • Students who successfully complete the TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing may articulate with credit transfer into the undergraduate pre-registration nursing degree program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
  • The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) gives TAFE NSW graduates guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Nursing with 48 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing (this is one year credit transfer of full time study).

Be Recognised

  • TAFE NSW will Only grant credits for HLTENN units completed with a provider accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC), and recognised as an approved program of study by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) in accordance with the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards. Please visit
  • TAFE NSW registers all qualifying students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). TAFE NSW must notify AHPRA if a student undertaking clinical training has an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a University Bachelor Degree with guaranteed credit at Australian universities. You will be required to complete a TAFE NSW application form & University application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.