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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.

On successful completion of Chisholm's Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry), you can pathway into La Trobes Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry), subject to availability. This means that on successful completion of your diploma, you will pathway into year two (at 18 months) of the bachelor.

La Trobe University's Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry) is an articulated pathway for students who have successfully completed Chisholm's Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry), subject to availability. This means that on successful completion of your diploma, you will pathway into year two (at 18 months) of the Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry).

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.

The on-the-job training is known as clinical placement and is 400 hours of unpaid work experience undertaken throughout your course at a relevant health facility:
- aged care (two weeks)
- mental health (two weeks)
- rehabilitation (two weeks)
- acute (four weeks).

TIMETABLE:
Semeter 1 - Four days a week. 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Semeter 2 - Three days a week. 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Semeter 3 - Three days a week. 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Part Time
Two evenings a week. 6pm – 9pm
Saturdays. 8.30am – 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.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) have introduced an admission requirement that assesses a student’s English language skills. View the requirements for the English language skills registration standard

This English language requirement must be demonstrated prior to entry into the Diploma of Nursing and you will be asked to complete documentation during the application process. 

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.

This course is covered by the Free TAFE initiative

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that covers your tuition fees to study in this course, if you’re eligible, from 1 January 2019. Note that you will still need to pay other fees such as student services or materials fees.

Find out about your eligibility.

Course code
HLT54115
On campus
Frankston, Berwick
Online
Not available Online
International
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Length
Full Time, 1.5 years. Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
Weeks commencing 28 Jan and 15 Jul