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Diploma of Nursing

Course Code HLT54121

  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • On Campus
  • Bourke St Melbourne
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


The Diploma of Nursing covers the nursing skills and knowledge you require to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled nurse, providing preparation for nursing practice that is client-focused and holistic.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates of the Diploma of Nursing can pursue careers in various settings, including acute hospitals, sub-acute care, mental health, aged care, rehabilitation, or community settings.

Pathway to further studies

  • BNURS20 Bachelor of Nursing

Studying the Diploma of Nursing at Holmesglen

You will learn in our Simulated Hospital Environment and Immersive Learning Centre at both our Moorabbin and Bourke St Campuses.<p>Our industry-current, qualified Nurse teachers/staff will support you through the course. You will learn through a combination of on-campus theory, simulation activities in a nursing environment, and supported clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings. <p>The range of clinical placements reflects the diverse opportunities for employment for enrolled nurses in the health workforce, which includes aged care, rehabilitation, community, sub-acute, and acute settings.<p>Holmesglen will register all students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).<p>For information on healthcare workers and students living with blood-borne viruses and performing exposure-prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood-borne viruses, please refer to the<a href= ""> Australian national guidelines (PDF 895KB)</a>.

Entry Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the course commencement.<p>All applicants must sit a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test. This test will be administered via Holmesglen. You must achieve a minimum exit level three (3), working at level four (4) in numeracy and literacy.<br> <br>Applicants may be required to attend an interview.<p><strong>Diploma of Nursing English Language Requirements.</strong> The Diploma of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the course. <a href="">Download the English language requirements here (PDF - 60kb) </a>.<p>You need to be motivated to practise safely and professionally within the defined scope of practice of the enrolled nurse.
<strong>Inherent requirements of the Diploma of Nursing</strong><br>The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students. <a href="">Download the inherent requirements here.(PDF - 361kb)</a>.<p><strong>Clinical placement requirements</strong><br>Prior to the first clinical placement, all students must:<br>hold a valid Working With Children Check<br>hold a valid National Police Record Check<br>Hold a valid NDIS worker screening check<br>meet the following immunisation requirements.<br>Measles/Mumps/Rubella<br>Hepatitis A<br>Hepatitis B<br>Tuberculous<br>Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis<br>Polio<br>Influenza<br>Varicella<p><strong>COVID-19 Immunisations</strong><br>Prior to the commencement of the course students must be fully vaccinated, including having had their booster shot (third vaccination) to attend clinical placements.
You may be admitted to the course with advanced standing for units of the qualification that have been completed at another registered training organisation. Advanced standing will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


Classes can be scheduled between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday, 3-4 days per week, which can change each semester.<p>Students can expect to be on campus for a minimum 20 hours per week. Semester breaks will be scheduled into the timetable.<p>This course includes a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement, which may be arranged for you during the semester or during semester breaks. Clinical placements will be arranged at locations across Victoria. Prior to the first clinical placement, all students must be fit tested for a N95 mask and may be required to hold a NDIS screening. All students must be available during these periods.
Unit code Unit name
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTENN047 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTENN043 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions
HLTENN035 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTENN044 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions
HLTENN037 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN068 Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN040 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN036 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN042 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN039 Apply principles of wound management
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN041 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTENN038 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care
HLTENN045 Implement and monitor care of the older person
Unit code Unit name
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTENN057 Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $34,388
Government subsidised $16,266
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $500

Additional Course Cost

The Nursing student uniform is 'Scrubs' - Navy Blue Colour - approx $110 Reading materials – approximately $500 <br>Strong, non slip Sturdy Black Shoes - covering entire foot approx $150 <br>Stethoscope $79.95 - $99 Watch with second hand $15 - $50 <br>Protective eyewear $5 - $25. Identification badge $20 - $30 <br> <br>National Police Check approx $45 yearly. <br>Working with Children's Check $130.00 NDIS workers screening check - approx $130.00 <br>Various: Australian Immunisations approximately $500 dependent on previous vaccinations and GP billing <br> <br>Rural clinical placement costs : dependent on type of accommodation and length of clinical placement. <br>Note: Students can apply to Holmesglen (Student Well Being) for Grants to assist with costs of Rural Accommodation during clinical placements.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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