Offering Info

Diploma of Nursing

  • National Course Code: HLT54115
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT54115-01V01-20TAR-030

Location – Taree

Study Type

Part Time

Course Start Date

21 Jul 2020

Study Commitment

13.5 Hours per week


2 Years

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

Course Details

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.


Through theory and work placement, you will 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 qualities needed to get ahead in this career:

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


Completing this course will equip you with:

  • 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 further study.

Degree pathway:

  • Bachelor of Nursing


Employment of enrolled nurses in New South Wales is forecast to increase by around 13.5% between now and 2025. Currently, employers are struggling to find enrolled nurses as our ageing population is driving the demand for health care services and professionals.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are 3 steps to apply for entry to this course:

  1. Submit an application form. Enquire now to receive your form.
  2. Participate in a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment. To continue to the next stage, you need to achieve an English language result of Level 3 or above.
  3. Attend a face-to-face interview. At your interview you will need to provide evidence that you have satisfactorily completed:
  • Year 12 of high school or a Certificate III qualification or an equivalent

In addition to the TAFE LLN requirement above, you will also need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)'s English language requirements.

NMBA English language requirements

To register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse, you must meet the NMBA's English language requirements when you enrol with TAFE NSW.
You need to demonstrate this [NMBA's English Language Skills Registration Standard] ( through an assessment pathway.

Please see [English Language Skills Registration Standard pathways diagram] ( to learn which pathway is applicable to you.


Work placement (or clinical placement) allows you to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in learning or simulated environments.?It strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.?
During your course, you will undertake mandatory 440 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer. This meets the minimum of 400 hours required by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC).
TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement.


During your study, you need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course.

You will need to meet the following requirements to undertake work placement (also known as clinical placement) in the industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of your:

  • Working with Children Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

If your work placement is with NSW Health you may also need to:

  • Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct and any other forms
  • Complete mandatory online modules
  • Take an occupational assessment and provide your health care worker/student vaccination record

Note: You must be 18 years or older before your first work placement


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have interpersonal skills
  • Are willing 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 an adult and infant manikin at floor level and respond to an emergency where there may be a risk to 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.


You need to be a registered practitioner to apply for jobs in the industry. Completion of an NMBA-approved Diploma of Nursing program will make you eligible to apply to the NMBA for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.
Learn more about registration:


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

    Satisfactory completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate (Year12) or equivalent from another state/territory.
    Satisfactory completion of a Certificate III (AQF level 3) qualification or equivalent.
    Language, Literacy, Numeracy and English language requirements for course entry for all students.
    All students are required to demonstrate they are able to meet the required literacy and numeracy requirements of the course prior to gaining entry. This is demonstrated through achieving LLN Level 3 working at Level 4's or above in RU Ready (Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). The RU Ready assessment will be completed as part of the application process which also includes a written application and interview.
    The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) representing the Australian Health Practitioners Registering Authority (AHPRA) require students to meet the following English Language requirements.
    Students must demonstrate their English language competency in one of the following ways:
  1. If English is their primary language and they 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, USA).
    Extended education pathway

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
A National Criminal Record Check with no disclusures precluding access to residential aged care and NSW Health facilities.
To complete NSW Health vaccination requirements at your own expense.

At enrolment and before allocation of professional experience in NSW Health facilities or other facilities, students will be required to:

  • Meet NSW Health's criminal record check and working


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 4.00pm to 5.00pm Taree Campus, Building D, Level Ground, Room 5 or via Skype (link will be forwarded to all enquiries - contact Sheridyn Dalton 65913622 for access)


This is a part time day blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 8.2 hours of class, over 1-2 days a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.1 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including revision and study of content, research and assessment preparation.
Further attendance as per assessment requirements.
Clinical work placement is fulltime which includes shiftwork for 11 weeks in 2 years as allocated by TAFE.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are wishing to gain employment as an Enrolled Nurse. Learners may be direct entry or may be looking to upskill their current qualifications within the Health Care industry from entry level qualifications such as, CHC33015 Certificate III Individual Support or HLT33115 Certificate III Health Services Assistance.
    Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of their first clinical placement.
    Prior to the first clinical placement, all students must: Before gaining a clinical placement in NSW Health Clinconnect provide endorsed copies of the following documents to their course coordinator:
  • A valid working with Children Check.
  • A valid National Police Record Check.
  • Evidence they have met NSW Health immunisation requirements.
    VET Student Loan
    All students who are Australian citizens are able to apply for a VET student loan
    Detail: being approved for VET-Student loan. This is demonstrated through achieving Level 3 working at Level 4's or above in RU Ready
    Physical fitness/aptitude
    It is important that all qualified first aiders have the physical ability to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid to an expected standard. Certain aspects of assessment in this unit will rely on students' physical ability to:
  • Perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin.
  • Perform CPR at floor level on an adult manikin.
  • Respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life. Students who are physically unable to meet all assessment requirements will be unable to successfully complete this unit of competency.
    As above for HLTAID003 plus:
    Perform 2 minutes of Bag-valve mask ventilation and 2 minutes of compression during a 2 rescuer procedure on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Class attendance is one day per week Thursday 9.00am to 4.00pm on a block release program with tutorial sesisons on Wednesdays 4.00pm to 7.00pm.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

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 Are You Eligible?


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.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


You will need to provide the following resources which is retained on completion of study:
Prescribed and recommended Textbooks:

  • Koutoukidis, G, Stainton, K. & Hughson, J. (2017) Tabbner's Nursing Care (7th Ed.) Elsevier, Chatswood (etextbook) approx pricing $140
  • TAFE NSW (2017) First Aid textbook, 8th Ed. VETRes, Australia $18.50
  • Marieb, E.N & Hoehn, K. (2016) Human Anatomy and Physiology (10th Ed.) Pearson, Chatswood. $120

TAFE uniform shirt available from TAFE NSW Taree Nursing and Aged Care section $30.
Students must provide navy uniform pants or skirt and navy or black shoes which must be closed in (covered), non-permeable to fluids and sharps and with non-slip soles.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your 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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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20TAR00177 UOS1-HLT54115 21 Jul 2020 04 Dec 2020 07 Sep 2020 $1,243.00
21TAR00032 UOS2-HLT54115 01 Feb 2021 11 Jun 2021 01 Mar 2021 $1,243.00
21TAR00035 UOS3-HLT54115 12 Jul 2021 03 Dec 2021 06 Sep 2021 $1,243.00
22TAR00003 UOS4-HLT54115 31 Jan 2022 20 Jul 2022 07 Mar 2022 $1,241.00

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
14393A Workplace clinical practice

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.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

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