Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)

This qualification covers the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled Nurse. This innovative program provides preparation for nursing practice that is client focused and holistic.

Learn through a combination of on campus theory, simulation activities in a nursing environment and supported clinical placement in a variety of clinical settings. The range of clinical placement reflects the diverse opportunities for employment for Enrolled Nurses in the health workforce.

Prior to undertaking clinical placement you must be prepared to declare your health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually and hold a valid Working with Children Check. Holmesglen will register all students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Program Commencement Dates

14 July 2014

Upcoming Information Sessions

Register now for the Information session and tour for the mid year intake to the Diploma of Nursing.

Wednesday April 9th commencing at 4.30pm until 6.00pm

Moorabbin Campus Building 3 Lecture Theatre M3.1.13 

View the state of the art facilities and find out what is required to apply for the mid year intake. 

Career Opportunities

  • Enrolled nurse

Program Structure

You must successfully complete all units to gain Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing). You are required to undertake 400 hours of clinical placement and certain units require prerequisite units to be passed before commencement.

Subject CodeSubject Name
HLTEN401B Work in the Nursing Profession
HLTEN502B Apply Effective Communication Skills in Nursing Practice
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTEN509B Apply Legal and Ethical Parameters to Nursing Practice
HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status
HLTAP501C Analyse Health Information
HLTEN503B Contribute to Client Assessment and Developing Nursing Care Plans
HLTEN504C Implement and Evaluate a Plan of Nursing Care
HLTEN506B Apply Principles of Wound Management in the Clinical Environment
HLTEN507C Administer and Monitor Medications in the Work Environment
HLTEN512B Implement and Monitor Nursing Care for Clients with Acute Health Problems
HLTEN513B Implement and Monitor Nursing Care for Clients with Chronic Health Problems
HLTEN515B Implement and Monitor Nursing Care for Older Clients
HLTFA311A Apply first aid
HLTEN505C Contribute to the Complex Nursing Care of Clients
HLTEN510B Implement and Monitor Nursing Care for Consumers with Mental Health Conditions
HLTEN516B Apply Understanding of the Australian Health Care System
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTEN508B Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health
HLTEN519C Administer and monitor intravenous medications in the nursing environment
HLTEN606B Assess clients and manage client care
HLTEN514B Apply research skills within a health care setting
HLTEN511B Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care
HLTEN602B Practices in the rehabilitation environment


Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills to the entry level of Diploma of Nursing.
  • Motivation to practise safely and professionally within the defined Scope of Practice of the Enrolled Nurse.
  • Prior to undertaking clinical placement you must be prepared to declare your health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually and hold a valid Working with Children Check. Holmesglen will register all students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Advanced Standing

You may be admitted to the course with advanced standing for units of the qualification which have been completed another registered training organisation. Advanced standing will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed the Certificate IV in Nursing, or equivalent, are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the Diploma of Nursing.

Students with a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice/Community) or equivalent will also be considered for advanced standing. These applicants may also need to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

Pathways and Further Study Opportunities

On satisfactory completion of the Diploma of Nursing, students who have maintained a credit average throughout the course can apply for advanced standing as an alternate pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing.

How to Apply

Directly to Holmesglen

Mature age refers to applicants who are over the age of 18, who have been away from formal study for at least 12 months. Applicants must complete the direct application form and complete a VETASSESS Test

Applicants are required to provide a certified copy of their VETASSESS results with their application and attend an interview prior to enrolment.


Apply through VTAC for the program's February intake (full time study). The VTAC code for this program is 6100366524.

Applicants must also complete a VTAC Personal Statement via the VTAC website and sit a VETASSESS Test. VETASSESS results should be sent directly to Holmesglen.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of VET FEE HELP or a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.

Qualification & Recognition

On successful completion of this course you are eligible to receive the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing). A Statement of Attainment, and transcript of the course and results, will be provided upon successful completion.

Satisfactory completion of this course will allow application to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for Enrolled Nurse registration. Entry level criteria applies. For further information visit the Nursing Midwifery Board.

Quick Stats

Program Code:HLT51612
Start Date(s):
February; July
Study Mode:Full time
Program Length:
  • Full time - 1.5 years
Program Enquiries:Health, Science & Biotechnology Department
03 9209 5606

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