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 the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing* course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the 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.

Open Colleges School of Health is committed to providing a training environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We encourage people from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply to study with us.

* Please Note: Any information Open Colleges School of Health (the School) provides to prospective students regarding the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification is subject to the School being approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver that course

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 the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing* course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the 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.

Open Colleges School of Health is committed to providing a training environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We encourage people from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply to study with us.

* Please Note: Any information Open Colleges School of Health (the School) provides to prospective students regarding the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification is subject to the School being approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver that course

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

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

Course number E1378
Qualification name HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing*
Course duration 2 years
Delivery Method

We use a Flipped Classroom methodology supported by blended learning (online and on campus), for the Diploma of Nursing. You will engage with pre-readings and self-directed learning packages before attending your face-to-face facilitated education sessions on campus. The delivery schedule consists of two (2) full days of attendance on campus per week for facilitated education sessions with your educator and practical sessions in our skills lab.

You will be required on average, to commit at least 10 to 20 hours per week, additional study time (in your own time) to complete the pre-readings, online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials.

Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Logbook and Portfolios, Practical skills assessments, Quizzes and Multiple-Choice Questions, Role plays, Third party observations, Written assignments
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc trading as Open Colleges School of Health ABN 39 742 730 429 (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E)

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing* course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the 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.

Open Colleges School of Health is committed to providing a training environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We encourage people from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply to study with us.

* Please Note: Any information Open Colleges School of Health (the School) provides to prospective students regarding the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification is subject to the School being approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver that course

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.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the 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;
  • Reside in South Australia or Western Australia;
  • 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:
  • A. Have successfully completed Year 12 in Australia (Year 12 Certificate required)
  • B. Successfully completed an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification, taught and assessed in English (formal documentation required)
  • C. Achieve of a minimum Working at Level 4 / Exit Level 3 in each of Reading (English) and Numeracy (Maths) in LLN testing (formal test report required);
  • Provide a declaration regarding English language requirements as defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia;
  • Provide a self-declaration that you are fit to undertake the role of a nursing student including your ability to meet the core skill requirements of an Enrolled Nurse (refer to Inherent Requirements below for further information).

Inherent Requirements

Nursing can be a physically and emotionally demanding profession; therefore, it is important that Students possess a certain level of physical fitness and capacity to undertake the tasks and duties required of Enrolled Nurses. To work in the industry, the following skills need to be considered, but are not limited to: Observational, Communication, Technical and/or Motor, Cognitive/Intellectual, Behavioural and Social skills.

Students will be given the opportunity to discuss any concerns or challenges they may have meeting the physical or emotional demands of nursing, during the applicant interview.

Prior to Professional Experience Placement (PEP), you will be required to self-declare that you are fit to undertake the role of a nursing student including (but not limited to) the full list of Inherent Requirements.

The following information is designed to assist a you in making an informed decision about undertaking a nursing career. It outlines the skills and abilities needed to successfully complete the course.

To work in the industry area identified, the following skills need to be considered:

Observational skills – this includes the ability to:

  • Notice changes in people’s behaviour, people’s capability, and the work environment
  • Observe and detect changes in patients’ physical conditions
  • Identify safety hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Observe and understand non-verbal cues (facial expressions and body language)
  • Identify signs of verbal distress and / or aggression

Communication skills – this includes the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, using appropriate respectful language, with a diverse range of people including understanding and responding to verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Use Active listening skills
  • Ability to construct accurate, clear, and logical written communication
  • Read, understand, and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Use technology to communicate (e.g. computer for reports, emails, documents) and work within the multi-disciplinary team

Technical and/or Motor skills – this includes the ability to:

  • Deal with the physical demands of manual tasks (e.g. bending, squatting, kneeling, crouching, repetitive movements, carrying, reaching, grasping, pushing, turning, manipulating objects)
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and use of fine motors skills to undertake manual tasks (pinch, squeeze, press)
  • Be on your feet for extended periods of time, both walking and standing
  • Use equipment and other technology (e.g. computers, push wheelchairs, manual handling equipment)
  • Have sufficient vision and hearing to safely perform the required range of skills (e.g. differentiate sounds that may alert you of a problem - alarms, calls)
  • Deal with body fluids (e.g. urine, faeces, blood)

Cognitive / Intellectual skills – this includes the ability to:

  • Gather, understand, organise, recall, and communicate information
  • Use appropriate judgement and basic problem-solving skills to respond to situations
  • Understand other people’s perspectives / opinions and respect their choices
  • Understand and use maths effectively (e.g. measurements, calculations, 24-hour clock)
  • Maintain a sufficient level of concentration to complete an activity / task in a safe manner and within reasonable timeframes
  • Apply and integrate knowledge to practice

Behavioural and Social skills – this includes the ability to:

  • Demonstrate patience and willingness to work with a variety of people
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to change
  • Demonstrate professional behaviours (e.g. punctuality, maintaining confidentiality and respect personal boundaries) and take responsibility for own actions – including use of social media
  • Control your emotions and reactions and withhold personal opinions
  • Tolerate proximity with individuals and be able to interact with all genders
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal hygiene and maintain a neat professional appearance.

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

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

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Pre-Requisites

As part of this Diploma you will be required to complete at least three Professional Experience Placements (PEP) totalling a minimum of 400 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 on rosters of up to 7 days.

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 (HLTAID011) – completed as per your course timetable
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate – completed as per your course timetable
  • Satisfactory completion of COVID-19 online learning modules in accordance with State Health Department requirements
  • A self-declaration that you are fit to undertake the role of a nursing student including but not limited to your ability to meet the core skill requirements of an Enrolled Nurse (refer to Inherent Requirements)
  • Completion of any State Health Department and/or Host Facility requirements, including but not limited to:

o relevant electronic health records system training – completed as per your course timetable.

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

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E). 

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

    

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

* Please Note: Any information Open Colleges School of Health (the School) provides to prospective students regarding the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification is subject to the School being approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver that course.

Indicative fees for the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing course are as follows:

  • Fee For Service price for students not eligible for any government subsidy - $26,500
  • Price for students eligible for government subsidised training in WA – starts from $2,924*^
  • Price for students eligible for government subsidised training in WA who hold valid concession cards – starts from $866*^

^ Fees are dependent on when you commence the course. Annual Course fee Caps apply and are valid for units of competency commencing between 2020 and 2025. Additional resource fees of up to $2,958 apply. 

Feel free to contact us on 1300 886 204 if you have further questions or to discuss payment options and plans. You can find out more information about fees and payments here.

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to assess your eligibility.

More information about Fees and Payments.

South Australia

  • Please contact us to express your interest in this course

Western Australia

  • Please contact us to express your interest in this course

* Please Note: Any information Open Colleges School of Health (the School) provides to prospective students regarding the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification is subject to the School being approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver that course.

South Australian students are encouraged to enrol in The University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Nursing program.

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, articulation pathways are at the discretion of the University offering it, and subject to change.  You should check the University’s website for any changes to applicable courses and credit available.  Eligibility for credit does not guarantee admission, and the final decision to admit a student sits with the University.

Southern Cross University (SCU) courses:

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