This Diploma of Nursing will have you 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.

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).

Semeter 1 - Four days a week
Semeter 2 - Three days a week
Semeter 3 - Three days a week

Each timetabled day is divided into two sessions: lecture, tutorial or integrated clinical skills. Attendance for these sessions will take place 9am-3pm and will vary between different groups across both campuses, specific to individual timetables.

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

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.

Students enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing at Chisholm can now enrol at the same time in La Trobe University's Bachelor of Healthcare (Nursing Foundation). This means that after you have completed your diploma at Chisholm, for no additional cost and no additional study, you will have earned 18 credits for the first 18 months of the Bachelor of Healthcare (Nursing Foundation) and if you continue in the degree, you can remain at Chisholm to study. When you Apply Now for this Diploma, an enrolment advisor will be in touch directly to discuss this option further with you.

Find out more about the option for dual enrolment in the Diploma of Nursing/Bachelor of Healthcare. 

Course code
On campus
Frankston, Berwick
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Full Time, 1.5 years.
2018 start dates
Weeks commencing 29 Jan and 16 Jul.