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HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)

The aim of the course is to produce highly skilled, competent, confident, critically thinking enrolled nurses. The Diploma of Nursing is nationally accredited and after successful completion of the program students can apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to gain registration. AHPRA registration enables graduates to practice in a variety of areas including acute, medical, surgical, general, rehabilitation, palliative care, operating theatres, paediatric, community, mental health or aged care settings in Australia under the supervision and direction of the registered nurse. This course may also provide pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing and other higher qualifications in health care.


This course will be delivered and assessed over 24 months(structured for four semesters) of face to face theory and lab session with candidates completing 12 weeks of work experience in different care facilities.

Course Content

Please click here for our Delivery and Assessment Guidelines for this course.

26 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:
•   21 core units
•   5 elective units

Core Units


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice  


Confirm physical health status  


Analyse health information    


Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans  


Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care  


Work in the nursing profession   


Comply with infection control policies and procedures in healthcare 


Apply first aid   


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers   


Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice   


Apply reflective practice, critical thinking & analysis in health   


Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients   


Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems   


Work effectively with Aboriginal & Torres strait Islander people   


Contribute to WHS processes   


Apply understanding of the Australian healthcare system   


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment   


Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients   


Administer and monitor medications in the work environment   


Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions   


Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with acute health problems   

 Elective Units


Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment  


Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures   


Administer and monitor intravenous medications in the nursing environment  


Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care   


Practice in the domiciliary health care environment   



Fee structure currently being revised.

Mode of Delivery

The proposed program is delivered over a period of 3 semesters (18 months). During this time, students will attend on campus (face-to-face) classes and also complete work experience placement.

This course is currently not delivered online.

Course Pathways

There is no applicable pathway into this qualification. Candidates may progress to higher level qualifications within and/or across the community sector.

Potential pathways within the disability sector are identified below;
•   HLT61107 Advanced Diploma of Nursing
•   Bachelor of Nursing

Possible Job Outcome

After successful completion of the program the candidates may gain employment in a health or community care facility which may include a hospital, aged care, rehabilitation centre, clinic, GP services, etc. as an Enrolled Nurse (Registered Nurse Division 2)

Admission Criteria

Applicants seeking entry into this course should meet the following criteria.

  1. Applicants are 18 years old and above.
  2. Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12 of secondary school or equivalent, or be of mature age.
  3. Communication requirement - the applicant will be able to use and respond to written language, including some unfamiliar material in a variety contexts.
  4. Applicants are required to successfully complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN) and attend an interview session during enrolment.
  5. Obtain a satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check, Vaccination/Immunization Certificate and Proof of Immunity(e.g. serology test results) for Work Experience Placement, as applicable.

Basic computer skills are desirable for general work requirements.

There are no prerequisite units of competencies for this qualification.

It is preferred the student has access to a computer with internet and basic computer skills. To be registered as an Enrolled Nurse, applicants must meet the registration standards developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia including the Nursing and Midwifery English Language Skills Registration Standard. The approved standards can be accessed at

Start Dates
Face-to-Face Delivery

Next intake - 16 June 2014.

Western Australia

* No new enrolments in Perth campus till further notice.

How to Apply

The application process involves 5 steps: application, interview (plus Language, Literacy and Numeracy), offer letter, payment and confirmation of enrolment. Applicants must successfully complete each stage in order to enrol.
There are three ways which applicants can submit their initial application:
1.   Online: Applications can be completed online by clicking
2.   Email: Applications can be downloaded from
here. Once completed, scan and send the application by email to
3.   Post: Applications can be downloaded from
here. You can send your completed application and required documentation to our Perth or Melbourne office. Addresses for these offices can be found here.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us on 1800 22 52 83.  

Campus Locations

We have two campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg) and Perth:

Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus Perth Campus
597-599 Upper Heidelberg Road
Heidelberg Heights
Victoria 3081 Australia
Level 2, Carillon City Arcade
680-692 Hay Street Mall
Perth, West Australia 6000 Australia

* Your eligibility for funding and concession cannot be confirmed by this website. Confirmation of eligibility can only be given when (a) you have spoken to an IHNA consultant and (b) you provide proof of eligibility at enrolment. Please ensure you provide original or certified documents as part of your application. More details on this are provided when you apply.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.