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Study mode On campus Blended
Campus locations Sydney Melbourne Adelaide
Course durationFull time: 1.6 years (5 Trimesters)
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This course is provided and delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd.

Code HLT54121 | CRICOS 110190G | RTO 0269

What is a HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing?

Our HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing will prepare you for a career as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) in the Australian healthcare environment. You will learn vital skills in assessment and clinical decision-making, person-centred care, professional communication, enquiry and research, awareness of diversity and self-care practices. The course will provide you with an opportunity to deliver care in multiple healthcare, industry and community settings.
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Develop skills in clinical situations
Completing the highest level of practical experience, you’ll work with the latest technology and solve genuine client health issues.
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Practise in a simulated laboratory
We offer realistic clinical environments with beds, mannequins and equipment.
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Tools for tomorrow
Our nursing academics ensure you are across the practical application of the latest technologies and methods.

Learning outcomes

  • Integrity in the pursuit of knowledge - Employability through industry recognised learning
  • A reflexive, globally focused curriculum
  • Access to a global network of facilities and connections
  • Proactive engagement with industry globally
  • Collaboration, teamwork and partnership
  • Learning flexibility at every point
  • Inter-cultural understanding and respect
  • Intellectual and personal welfare of all staff and students

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing, you will be eligible to apply for registration with Australian Health Practitioners Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse.

Career paths

  • Acute care;
  • Emergency services;
  • Operating theatres;
  • Day Surgery Centres;
  • Chronic care;
  • Palliative care;
  • Aged care;
  • Pediatrics;
  • Rehabilitation services;
  • Community health;
  • Primary health including Aboriginal Medical Centres, General Practices and Specialist Practices;
  • Mental health;
  • Psychiatric, forensic and correctional health;
  • Refugee health;
  • Rural and Regional health services;
  • Health Promotion;
  • and Digital health.
  • Future careers
    • Acute care;
    • Emergency services;
    • Operating theatres;
    • Day Surgery Centres;
    • Chronic care;
    • Palliative care;
    • Aged care;
    • Pediatrics;
    • Rehabilitation services;
    • Community health;
    • Primary health including Aboriginal Medical Centres, General Practices and Specialist Practices;
    • Mental health;
    • Psychiatric, forensic and correctional health;
    • Refugee health;
    • Rural and Regional health services;
    • Health Promotion;
    • and Digital health.
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Thanks to blended learning, I spend one day on campus developing my practical skills and the other days focusing on theory online.
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Diploma of Nursing

Subjects and units

All the units of competency for this qualification including core and elective units are listed below (Table 1). All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. Core competency units cannot be substituted. https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLT54121

Total number of units = 25

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:
    • 3 units from the list below
    • 2 units from the list below, elsewhere in the HLT54121 Health Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

The course structure, showing subjects can be viewed or download via the Student Hub.

International students on a student visa must not enrol into any more than a third or 33% of online subjects over their course and must study at least one subject that is face to face in each trimester.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Apply communication skills in nursing practice | HLTENN036
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply effective communication skills with a person, family or carer and with other healthcare professionals in a variety of health care settings. Communication skills in nursing practice require using information technology as well as interpersonal skills applied therapeutically in nursing care and small group discussions.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Use medical terms in health care | HLTCCD003

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply an understanding of medical terminology to interpret clinical documentation and communicate with health care professionals.

    This unit applies to health care professionals who are responsible for interpreting patient clinical information for the purposes of providing health care services. Work may be performed as an individual or as part of a team under limited supervision.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

    No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care | HLTWHS002
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members. This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures | HLTINF001
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
  • Confirm physical health status | HLTAAP002
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Analyse and respond to client health information | HLTAAP003
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing | HLTENN068

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide a person-centred approach to palliative and end of life care in primary health care, hospitals, hospices, home and community care, and long-term care facilities.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice | HLTENN041
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to within work legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Implement and monitor care of the older person | HLTENN045

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform nursing interventions to support the social and emotional wellbeing and nursing care needs of the older person in care.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans | HLTENN038
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement nursing care as outlined in a person’s plan of care, evaluate outcomes of care provided, record and report progress, and respond to an emergency situation. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
  • Practice nursing within the Australian health care system | HLTENN035
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practise as a nursing professional within the Australian health care system, providing health care across the lifespan of people in a range of health and community care services or environments.
  • Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care | HLTENN037
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required, within the scope of practice, to perform preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems, gathering data that contributes to a person’s individualised health care plan.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

  • Work with diverse people | CHCDIV001
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers. 40 nominal hours.
  • Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment | HLTENN039
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of various types of wounds. It involves working with the interdisciplinary health care team to contribute to assessment, treatment and ongoing management of a person’s wounds.
  • Manage personal stressors in the work environment | HLTWHS006

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress.

    This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

  • Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs | CHCLLN001

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify situations where client language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills may be impeding access to services, to adjust service delivery, and to refer appropriately to improve client outcomes.

    The unit does not provide workers with the skills and knowledge to identify LLN skill levels or to actively intervene in developing a client’s LLN skills.

    This unit applies to individuals who may be making individual client assessments or managing caseloads as part of their work role.

  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice | CHCPRP003
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

  • Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting | HLTENN047

    This unit describes the nursing skills and knowledge required to work in a primary health care environment including community-based, educational, occupational and informal settings, and in general practice.

    Primary health care involves a person-centred and comprehensive approach to health care. It is made accessible to people by being located as close as possible to where they live, and supporting their full participation in a spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions | HLTENN042 
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care and treatment of a person with a mental health condition. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulatory authority legislative requirements. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian Standards and industry codes of practice.
  • Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions | HLTENN044

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to meet the assessed health care needs of people with chronic health conditions.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy | HLTENN040 
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to administer and monitor medicine and intravenous (IV) therapy including calculating dosage requirements, reading and applying written instructions from an authorised prescriber, assessing the person for medicine effectiveness and side effects, and responding to an allergic pharmacological reaction. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulatory authority legislative requirements. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian Standards and industry codes of practice. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions | HLTENN043 
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to meet the assessed health care needs of people with acute health conditions. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulatory authority legislative requirements. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian Standards and industry codes of practice. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
  • Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety | CHCDIV002
    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.
  • Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes | HLTENN057

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care to a person with diabetes including assessing needs, planning and implementing nursing interventions, evaluating outcomes, and educating the person on the condition and available resources.

    This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regulatory authority legislative requirements.

  • Research and apply evidence to practice | CHCPOL003

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.

    This unit applies to health and community service workers who need to research existing information to support and improve their work practice. It does not cover primary research. 

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Industry partners and work placements

Work placements and Work-Integrated Learning programs provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure you graduate confident and job-ready. At Think Education, we are proud of our network of partners and always welcome new opportunities to build new industry relationships.
Work placement hours
400 hours
You will acquire clinical experience in a range of settings, such as private and public hospitals, GP clinics and aged care facilities. Placements are coordinated at a national level, to guarantee varied experience and ensure maximum exposure to the clinical field.
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Are you Domestic or International?

Choose your student type for fees, scholarships and entry requirements

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Fees for each trimester must be paid before the trimester commences.
VET Student Loans (VSL)
You can apply for VET Student Loan (VSL) if you are eligible. VET Student Loan (VSL) is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme that assists students to pay a part of their VET tuition fee.*
Subsidised training (South Australia)
Eligible South Australian students’ course fees are partly covered by the Government under the South Australian subsidised training scheme. Students eligible for subsidised training in SA: $10,650.
Job trainer funding (South Australia)
Job Trainer funding increases the Government subsidy to support more school leavers, young people and job seekers to access low-fee training. All eligible Subsidised Training students will receive additional Job Trainer concession.
  • Domestic fees

    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Fees for each trimester must be paid before the trimester commences.

    Download domestic fees pdf

  • VET Student Loans (VSL)

    You can apply for VET Student Loan (VSL) if you are eligible. VET Student Loan (VSL) is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme that assists students to pay a part of their VET tuition fee.

    View our fees

  • Subsidised training (South Australia)

    Eligible South Australian students’ course fees are partly covered by the Government under the South Australian subsidised training scheme. Students eligible for subsidised training in SA: $10,500.

    Check your eligibility

The maximum course fees are $25,990 AUD.
*Please note for VET Student Loans (VSL):
  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements
  • VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continue to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Scholarships

We offer a variety of Health scholarships to help you become a key player in the industry.

Admissions criteria and pathways

Before you begin your course application, check you meet the requirements listed below.
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  • Year 12 or equivalent; OR
  • An Australian Certificate III in Individual Support or disability work; OR
  • For students wanting to apply as a mature age entry, be 21 years of age or older
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Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing from an Australian Government approved provider and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy
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All Domestic students must meet the minimum English Language standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for initial course entry and registration. Students must provide evidence of meeting this standard prior to commencing study. Check NMBA English standards here.
If you are required to provide evidence in the form of an English test please: Note: Australian students who have successfully completed an Australian Grade 12 certificate with an English subject and students who have undertaken a formal English language skills test (for example, the International Language Testing System) that meets program entry criteria referred to in criterion 6.1a, need only undertake the numeracy component of the LLN test.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification, you may be able to credit this against your study with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. The HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Nursing, offered by Torrens University Australia. To find out more, visit Bachelor of Nursing.

How to apply

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria to ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
Submit your application online or contact us for assistance.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
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Apply
Submit your application online or contact us for assistance.

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Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Fees

International fees
Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Fees for each trimester must be paid before the trimester commences. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based/blended options.
How to pay
Course fees can be paid in three instalments, each to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Fees for each trimester must be paid before the trimester commences. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based/blended options.

    Download international fees pdf

  • How to pay

    Course fees can be paid in three instalments, each to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    View our fees

Scholarships

We offer a range of financial scholarships, designed to support you on your study journey.

Admissions criteria and pathways

AND Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing from an Australian Government approved provider and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

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  • Year 12 or equivalent; OR
  • An Australian Certificate III in Individual Support or disability work; OR
  • For students wanting to apply as a mature age entry, be 21 years of age or older
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IELTS score of 7.0 minimum (Academic) or above, with no skills band less than 7.0
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Provide evidence of meeting at least one of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language standards prior to enrolment.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

How to Apply

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria to ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Applying
You can apply via an International Education Agent, or submit an EOI and documentations to the Enrolment Support team.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
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Apply
You can apply via an International Education Agent, or submit an EOI and documentations to the Enrolment Support team.

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
    Domestic students

    Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit an online application.

    How to apply

    If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    International students

    You can apply to Think Education through one of our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. You can also apply online.

    View the full list of Education Agents

    For anything else, please contact our International recruitment team at study@torrens.edu.au.

  • What are the payment options? What are FEE-HELP and VET Student Loan (VSL)? Am I eligible?

    Payment options available include:

    • Upfront payment via Flywire, credit card, BPAY or overseas bank account transfer.
    • You can also apply for a payment plan if you are a domestic student.

    Financial assistance

    • If you’re a domestic student and looking to study our Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy), you may be eligible for FEE-HELP.
    • If you’re a domestic student and looking to study our, Diploma of Nursing you may be eligible for VET Student Loan.
    • Your eligibility for FEE-HELP and VET Student Loan depends on criteria such as your citizenship status, and whether you’re looking to study a undergraduate, postgraduate of vocational education program.
    • Check your eligibility on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

    View tuition fees

  • Where can I study?

    If you are looking to study our Diploma of Nursing, you can study in Sydney at our Surry Hills campus; in Melbourne at our Flinders Street campus; in Brisbane at our Gotha Street campus; and in Adelaide at our Wakefield Street campus.

    View our campuses

  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?

    Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.

    If you have relevant qualifications or experience, eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.

    Please speak to one of our Course and Careers Advisor to advise them on the experience or previous study you have.

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  • What scholarships do you offer and how do I apply?

    As well as Health scholarships, we offer a wide range of scholarships for domestic and international students, including Industry and Indigenous scholarships.

    Domestic students

    When you speak to one of our Course and Careers Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.

    International students

    Please contact your education agent for further information, email us or call 1300 575 803. Visit our Scholarships page for more details on applying.

    View our range of Scholarships

  • What is blended study?
    Blended study is a mix of in-person and online learning.
  • What do part-time and full-time study entail?
    A standard full-time study load is made up of three subjects (approximately 30 hours a week). Accelerated is four subjects (approximately 40 hours). Part-time study is made up of two subjects (approximately 20 hours per week).
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