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.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course at Open Colleges School of Health are as follows. 

You will need to:

  • Be 18 years of age or over;
  • Be an Australian Citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or certain temporary visas with study rights;
  • Complete an online test to assess your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills against the standard levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF);
  • Meet at least one of the following academic suitability requirements:
    1. Completed Year 12 in Australia (Year 12 Certificate required)
    2. Successfully completed an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification, taught and assessed in English (formal documentation required)
    3. Achieve a minimum Exit Level 3 in each of Numeracy and Reading in the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) (formal test report required);
  • Meet at least one of the English language standards listed below prior to enrolment:
    1. Completed at least six (6) years primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in any of the recognised countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America), including at least two (2) years between years 7 and 12
    2. Completed at least four (4) years (full time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English in any of the recognised countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America), in any combination of secondary and/or vocational and/or tertiary education
    3. Completed one of the following English language proficiency tests and met the requirements for test results as follows:
    • IELTS (Academic module) test and achieved a result of 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each component from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in a six month period only if you achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 7.0 in each component across the two sittings with no score in any component of the test being below 6.5
    • OET Online test and achieved a result of B overall and B in each of the four components from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if you are testing in all four components in each sitting and achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings and no score in any component of the test is below C
    • PTE Academic test and achieved a result of 65 overall and 65 in each of the 4 components in one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings with no score in any of the communicative skills being below 58
    • TOEFL iBT test and achieved a result of 94 overall and 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking across the two sittings and the score is not below 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing and 20 for speaking in either of the tests.

Click here for more information about the required English language standards.

Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about our Entry Requirements.

Clinical Placements

As part of this Diploma you will be required to complete at least three Professional Experience 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 arranged, 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. 

Prior to placement you will need to provide evidence of meeting all of the following pre-requisites:

  • A clear and unencumbered Criminal History check
  • A current immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations and/or immunity as per the Australian Government Department of Health’s recommended vaccinations for Healthcare workers and any State Government Health Department requirements
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate (part of the Diploma)
  • Completion of any relevant electronic health records system training (part of the Diploma).

Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about Professional Experience Placements including pre-requisites.

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 Jobs & Skills WA funding - $9,500
  • Learners eligible for WorkReady SA funding - $11,000

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

Open Colleges School of Health is an approved VET Student Loans (VSL) provider for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. Please click here to see more information about VSL.

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to assess your eligibility.

More information about Fees and Payments.

South Australia

  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 (Tuesday/Wednesday campus attendance)

Western Australia

  • Tuesday 18 September 2018 (Tuesday/Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Thursday 8 November 2018 (Thursday/Friday campus attendance)
If you are hoping to continue your studies at university, this course is a great starting point. Open Colleges has formalised articulation with the following organisations:

Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities. 

*Please note - Some courses may not available across all university campuses. Contact our Enrolment Consultants to know more about our University pathway options.

Southern Cross University (SCU) courses:

Bachelor of Nursing / Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway 9 units, of a total of 24 37% of the course