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Get on course to become an enrolled nurse

This Diploma of Nursing qualification through Chisholm TAFE is based on best practice in health care. The course will prepare you for employment as an enrolled nurse, working under the supervision of a registered nurse. You will learn to deliver nursing care for people across the health sector, gaining relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified in the units you will study.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course will mean you are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an enrolled nurse.

Completion of this Diploma means you can pathway into second year of La Trobe’s Bachelor Of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse), subject to availability. This La Trobe degree can be studied at Chisholm’s Frankston and Berwick campuses.

The Diploma of Nursing has mandatory on and off-the-job training components. The off-the-job training is the theoretical part of the course, where you will learn through a combination of on-campus learning and simulation activities in a nursing skills laboratory.

All placements will be allocated per the nursing timetable, broken up over a total of 10 weeks (400hrs) across the whole course.
- aged care (two weeks)
- mental health (two weeks)
- rehabilitation (two weeks)
- acute (four weeks).

Semester 1 - Four days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.
Semester 2 - Four days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.
Semester 3 - Three days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.

Each timetabled day is divided into two sessions: lecture, tutorial or integrated clinical skills. Attendance will vary between different groups across both campuses, specific to individual timetables.

Attendance for clinical placement will mostly occur on Monday to Friday, however some facilities can schedule on weekends and public holidays. You will be allocated 10 weeks of clinical placement.

Chisholm Institute is required to identify how a prospective student will meet the English Language Requirements at the time they apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The evidence requirements for registration have been recently updated by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and Chisholm enrolment processes align with those requirements. Where students are identified as requiring an English test at registration they must provide evidence of meeting that requirement prior to enrolment.

You will be asked to complete documentation during the application process to identify how you will meet the English language requirements and provide evidence as required. Full details of the English language requirements and the evidence required are contained in the Diploma of Nursing Information Pack which will be sent to you on application.

As the qualification also leads to registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), applicants are also expected to comply with all the requirements set by AHPRA upon graduation View the AHPRA English Language Skills Registration Standards and the AHPRA Criminal History Registration Standards.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
Delivery location
Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1.5 years.
Start dates
January, March, April, May, July, August 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.