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The Diploma of Nursing will have you on course to become an Enrolled Nurse

The Diploma of Nursing qualification through Chisholm is based on best practice in health care. It 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.

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 throgh 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 through your course at a relevant health facility:
- aged care (two weeks)
- mental health (two weeks)
- rehabilitation (two weeks)
- acute (four weeks).

Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview with a panel of nursing teachers. You will need to provide evidence of the following during the interview: police check, working with children check (these checks are obtained in Australia), international criminal check, and immunisation history.

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
Frankston, Berwick
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Full Time, 1.5 years.
Start dates
February, July