Offering Info

Diploma of Nursing

  • National Course Code: HLT54115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT54115-01V01-19ARM-017

Location – Armidale Campus

Study Type


Course Start Date

21 Oct 2019

Hours Per Week



18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This course provides the skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse under the supervision of the registered nurse in a variety of settings including acute, aged care, community, rehabilitation and mental health. It will provide the theoretical and practical skills to:
- relate the concepts of the person, environment and health to the safe and effective practice of nursing
- participate in a multidisciplinary team to assist the individual to meet their needs
- practise in a safe and culturally competent manner to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional and mental health needs of individuals
- practice within the nursing professional standards, codes of practice and state legislation
- develop, monitor and maintain a holistic plan of care in collaboration with the RN, multidisciplinary team
- demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills in a variety of healthcare settings
- participate in professional development of self
- practise within safety standards and quality improvement guidelines
- engage in reflective practice, nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice to nursing care

To complete the Diploma of Nursing students are required to successfully complete all units and complete a minimum of 400hrs of unpaid professional experience to meet the assessment requirements of the units. On completion of HLT54115 qualification students are eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (

If you are enrolling in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for at least 2 minutes on the floor. If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.
Year 12 or equivalent
Certificate III

English language requirements for course entry
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

1. If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and USA)


2. Completion of five years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, which includes a combination of secondary, tertiary, or secondary vocational education qualifications, or a combination of all three in one of the recognised countries above no more than five years prior to applying for registration

NOTE: the English language requirements includes that your Diploma of Nursing must be a minimum of one year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study otherwise English language testing is an additional requirement.
3. English Language achievement in AHPRA approved tests including: (Please note that the results can be collected across two tests within a six month period)
- Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a minimum score overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the 4 components - listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting.
- Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
- PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 components in one sitting
- TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 94 with reading at a minimum of 24, listening a minimum of 24, speaking at a minimum of 23 and writing at a minimum of 27
- Other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time
Professional experience
With supervised professional experience, you will reinforce the theory and skills learned in class while gaining real-world experience in a healthcare environment. Prior to undertaking professional experience you must be prepared to:
Before you commence any professional experience in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
- Meet NSW Health's - Criminal Record Check requirements;
- Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
- Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
For specific information regarding NSW Health's requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:
Before you undertake any professional experience in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit:
Anyone in child-related work (including student professional experience and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:
Professional experience will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.
For more information visit:
Prior to commencing their Diploma, students must attend a 1-week bridging course. To Register with APRHA you must attend the minimum required Face-to-Face and online hours AND in excess of 400 hours of Clinical Placement within the health industry (arranged by TAFE NSW). Attendance at the Residential Schools (Block) at Armidale Campus is compulsory Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm commencing with a 1 week bridging course starting 14/10/2019 to 18/10/2019.
Block 1: 28/10/2019 to 1/11/2019
Block 2: 18/11/2019 to 22/11/2019
Block 3: 24/02/2020 to 28/02/2020
Block 4: 23/03/2020 to 27/03/2020
Block 5: 11/05/2020 to 15/05/2020
Block 6: 01/06/2020 to 5/06/2020
Block 7: 27/07/2020 to 31/07/2020
Block 8: 14/09/2020 to 18/09/2020
Block 9: 09/11/2020 to 13/11/2020
Block 10: 08/03/2021 to 12/03/2021
Compulsory attendance of 2 x 1.5hr weekly Online Learning via Adobe Connect sessions associated with each enrolled unit when not in Block and completion of 15hrs a week of self-directed study. Electronic nursing textbooks. Individuals will need to also purchase workplace shirts to be worn on work placement.

This course is for individuals who are seeking to work as an Enrolled Nurse in a variety of health care settings. You will be required to undertake an Australian National criminal record check (CRC) at your own expense. You must obtain appropriate immunisations and be certified fully immunised at your own expense before commencing clinical placements.

Upon completion of the course to gain, enrolment with the Nurses and Midwives Board NSW learners must have sufficient physical and mental capacity to practice as a nurse in a range of health care facilities.

You will need a computer with fast, reliable internet access (dial-up is not recommended) and basic computing skills (e.g. use a keyboard, access the internet, use
email, produce word documents, undertake other activities relating to research and accessing information).

Please note for HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid it is a requirement that people enrolled in this unit must be able to perform at least four (4) minutes of uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on both an adult and an infant resuscitation manikin placed on the floor to successfully achieve competence. A requirement of the course is to complete in excess of 400 hours of Clinical Placement within the health industry (arranged by TAFE NSW).
Blended Learning- 10 x 1 week face to face blocks, Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4.30pm in addition to 2 x 1.5hr weekly online adobe classes( number of sessions vary according to unit being delivered) when not involved in Block attendance.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of their course fees. More information will be made available closer to your enrolment.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

Find out more about VET Student Loans at
Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.
The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each unit of study. To secure a loan for part or your entire course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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Financial assistance:
Prescribed texts $350 (approx.) to be paid at time of enrolment. This is includes electronic nursing textbooks. Individuals will need to also purchase workplace shirts to be worn on work placement.

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
19ARM00378 UOS 1 - Diploma of Nursing 21 Oct 2019 24 Jan 2020 02 Dec 2019 $829.00
20ARM00196 UOS 2 - Diploma of Nursing 20 Jan 2020 24 Apr 2020 02 Mar 2020 $829.00
20ARM00199 UOS 3 - Diploma of Nursing 27 Apr 2020 24 Jul 2020 01 Jun 2020 $829.00
20ARM00202 UOS 4 - Diploma of Nursing 27 Jul 2020 23 Oct 2020 07 Sep 2020 $829.00
20ARM00205 UOS 5 - Diploma of Nursing 26 Oct 2020 29 Jan 2021 07 Dec 2020 $829.00
21ARM00033 UOS 6 - Diploma of Nursing 01 Feb 2021 30 Apr 2021 01 Mar 2021 $825.00
Please contact the TAFE West Region Hotline on 131601.
Core Units
Number Title
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
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
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
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
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
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
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
14393A Workplace clinical practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
Enrolled nurses can work in general or specialised health care facilities including acute (hospital), care, medical centres, community, mental health, rural and remote, aged care and palliative care.

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Course Location

Armidale Campus
Beardy Street, Armidale
Phone 131 601

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