Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes on campus. These classes can be taken at our campuses in either South Australia or Western Australia.

Course Description

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for South Australia or Western Australia residents looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so you can study anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for South Australia or Western Australia residents looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so you can study anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

Course number E1224
Qualification name HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
Course duration 18 months
Delivery Method The delivery mode of this enrolled nurse course is blended. The schedule consists of 2 days of attendance per week for facilitated learning with your educator and practical skills sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require on average, a commitment of at least 10-15 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Oral assessments, Practical skills assessments, Role plays, Third party evidence, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049)

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for South Australia or Western Australia residents looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so you can study anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status
  • Assess client health status
  • Plan action to address identified health status
  • Apply principles and knowledge of nursing practice to work in a health care system.
  • Identify and discuss funding sources for health care in Australia.
  • Identify and respond to factors and issues affecting health in Australia.
  • Work in the context of professional nursing practice.
  • Contribute to professional work team.
  • Use effective communication skills in complex situations.
  • Identify and address actual and potential constraints to communication.
  • Use information technology to support communication in nursing practice.
  • Lead small group discussions.
  • Give and receive feedback for performance improvement.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of communication in complex situations.
  • Collect and interpret health data.
  • Undertake admission and discharge procedures for a person.
  • Contribute to planning the nursing care of a person.
  • Contribute to ongoing development of individual nursing care plans.
  • Prepare a person for care procedures.
  • Implement care procedures to meet identified needs.
  • Monitor a person’s identified care needs.
  • Evaluate outcomes of care provided.
  • Perform nursing interventions to assist a person with complex needs.
  • Contribute to the nursing care of people with common disorders and conditions.
  • Use critical thinking to improve care quality.
  • Apply protocols for wound assessment.
  • Assess impact of wound on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to planning care for a person with a wound.
  • Undertake clinical nursing care in implementing wound care strategies.
  • Apply contemporary wound management strategies to complex or challenging wounds.
  • Assist in evaluating outcomes of nursing actions.
  • Minimise potential risk to ensure safe administration of medications.
  • Prepare for medication administration and infusion of IV fluids.
  • Administer and store medication.
  • Monitor and evaluate a person’s response to administered medication, IV fluids and blood and blood products.
  • Assess effectiveness of pain-relieving therapy.
  • Perform within scope of professional nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of the legal framework to nursing practice.
  • Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.
  • Support the rights, interests and needs of the person and their family.
  • Apply open disclosure processes.
  • Identify and address State/Territory mental health legislation requirements.
  • Respond appropriately to signs of mental illness.
  • Contribute to care planning and conduct initial clinical observations for a person with a mental health condition.
  • Contribute to the recovery of a person with a mental health condition.
  • Identify impact of acute health problems on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to planning care for a person with acute health problems.
  • Perform nursing interventions to support health care of a person with acute health problems.
  • Contribute to pre- and post-operative nursing care of a person.
  • Contribute to an emergency response in the acute care environment.
  • Identify impact of chronic health problems on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to a coordinated service approach.
  • Respond to the health requirements of an older person.
  • Contribute to the care plan for an older person.
  • Apply nursing practice in the aged care environment.
  • Identify requirements and address issues in aged care nursing practice.
  • Use strategies that relate to the progressive and variable nature of dementia.
  • Develop and implement strategies to minimise impact of challenging behaviours.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary health care team in a primary health care environment.
  • Recognise impact of a health problem on a person in the primary health care environment.
  • Provide health education and health promotion for illness prevention.
  • Perform nursing interventions that support a person’s health care needs.
  • Evaluate outcomes of planned primary health care and promote suitable resources.
  • Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • Identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices
  • Gather and organise information
  • Research and analyse information
  • Present information
  • Plan and complete own work schedule
  • Monitor own work performance
  • Coordinate professional development
  • Respond to an emergency situation.
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures.
  • Coordinate first aid activities until arrival of medical assistance.
  • Communicate details of the incident.
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance.

 

 

  • Recognise the special needs of a person requiring a palliative approach to care.
  • Support person, family or carers using the palliative approach.
  • Identify and respond to signs of deterioration and the stages of dying.
  • Care for the person’s body after death and provide support for the family and others.
  • Provide for own self-care in palliative care role.
  • Identify diabetes care services in the Australian health care environment.
  • Assess the needs of a person with diabetes.
  • Perform complex nursing interventions to assist a person to achieve and maintain optimal diabetes health.
  • Evaluate the care plan for a person with diabetes, and support a person’s self-management.

Core Skills Test

The Core Skills Test is compulsory to complete prior to acceptance into our Diploma of Nursing course. It is an online test that assesses your language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • There is no cost for up to 2 attempts at the test
  • It can be completed in the comfort of your own home or on campus
  • It takes approximately 45 mins to complete.

Call us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the Core Skills Test.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:
1    You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights, and
2    You must reside in South Australia or Western Australia; and
3    You will also need to:
      •    Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, or
      •    Apply based on your work and/or life experience.
 

Clinical Placements

As part of this Diploma of Nursing qualification, you will be required to complete three clinical placements totalling 456 hours (12 weeks) in a variety of settings.

The placements will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience.  Placements are fully facilitated and supported by Open Colleges School of Health.

Please note that placements are full-time, unpaid and rostered according to standard industry shifts, which may include night shifts, weekends and/or public holidays.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049). 

The testamur will be issued by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.

                 

Indicative fees for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course are as follows:

  • Full course cost - $20,000
  • Learners eligible for Future Skills WA funding - $9,500
  • Learners eligible for WorkReady SA funding - $13,000

The tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.

Residents of Western Australia may be eligible for Future Skills WA funding. Residents of South Australia may be eligible for WorkReady SA funding. Conditions and eligibility criteria apply.

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to assess your eligibility.

More information about Fees and Payments.

*YourLife Health & Learning Inc (trading as Open Colleges School of Health) is unable to offer VET Student Loans (VSL) for census dates in its Diploma of Nursing that occur after 30 June 2017.

South Australia

  • Tuesday 6 February 2018 (Friday / Tuesday campus attendance)
  • Friday 13 April 2018 (Thursday / Friday campus attendance)
  • Tuesday 29 May 2018 (Monday / Tuesday campus attendance)
  • Thursday 26 July 2018 (Wednesday / Thursday campus attendance)
  • Friday 12 October 2018 (Thursday / Friday campus attendance)


Western Australia

  • Tuesday 14 November 2017 (Tuesday / Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Tuesday 6 February 2018 (Tuesday / Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Monday 19 March 2018 (Friday / Monday campus attendance)
  • Thursday 17 May 2018 (Thursday / Friday campus attendance)
  • Monday 23 July 2018 (Monday / Tuesday campus attendance)
  • Tuesday 18 September 2018 (Tuesday / Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Thursday 8 November 2018 (Thursday / Friday campus attendance)