• HLT54115
  • 092022K 

Diploma of Nursing

At a glance

At a glance

Advance your career in nursing with this high-level course that will qualify you to seek registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

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Course overview

Course overview

Take your career in nursing to the next level with this advanced qualification. This course is the essential minimum requirement to work as an enrolled nurse.The health sector is growing in Australia with four out of five nursing graduates gaining employment within three months of graduation.

This course will give you the advanced skills to perform clinical assessments, contribute to nursing care of people with complex needs, administer and monitor medications and IV therapy, and research and apply evidence to practice. Our highly-experienced industry professionals will guide you every step of the way to ensure your transition into the health sector is a success.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Upon successful registration you may find work as an Enrolled Nurse within a diverse range of healthcare settings.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

Gold Coast
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Confirm physical health status
Analyse and respond to client health information
Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
Apply communication skills in nursing practice
Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
Implement and monitor care of the older person
Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
North and Far North Queensland / Greater Brisbane Wide Bay Burnett / Sunshine Coast / Gold Coast
Vocational placement x2 North and Far North
Vocational placement North and Far North
Vocational placement South Bank, Loganlea and Alexandra Hills
Vocational placement Caboolture
Vocational placement Wide Bay Burnett / Sunshine Coast
Vocational placement Gold Coast

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

North and Far North Queensland / Greater Brisbane Wide Bay Burnett / Sunshine Coast / Gold Coast
Develop work priorities
Research and apply evidence to practice
Provide first aid
Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
Provide advanced first aid

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $15,225 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

If English is your second language, you must satisfy one of the following:
A minimum result of IELTS 7 overall with no sub score under 6.0.
ISLPR two skills at 3 and two at 3+ (or equivalent) as a minimum.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students.

Entry into this course is via a selection process which may include an interview, written application or application through QTAC.

  • School leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent with a sound achievement in English. A sound achievement in mathematics and computers skills is also strongly recommended
  • Non-school leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal skill sets. Applicants require sound language, literacy, numeracy, and computer skills.

You must provide evidence of completion of year 12 (such as your Year 12 Certificate) or complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment and achieve a competency of at least Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

If you completed your schooling outside Australia, you will need to prove you have achieved a minimum band score of 7 on an a International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.


International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

To practice safely in Australia, health practitioners, including nurses, must have strong English language skills. This includes being able to communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, collaborate with other health care professionals and keep clear and accurate health records.

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0) or OET min score B or PTE Academic min score 65 or TOEFL iBT min score 94
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
  • Must be willing to undergo a Federal Police Check via the Australian Federal Police Website and be eligible for a QLD Working With Children Check - Blue Card.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Vocational placement

Once you’ve successfully completed the theoretical and practical simulation training components in each stage of your course, you will need to successfully undertake a clinical placement in a health care facility or hospital where you will get to use your new skills in the real world. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. Completing a placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You will need to successfully undertake a minimum of 400 hours of placement to satisfy AHPRA's requirements for your qualification. You will need a Blue Card and Federal Police Check before you can be allocated placement.

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

From 1st July 2016, a change to Queensland Health policy will now require students placed in Clinical areas of all Facilities to provide evidence they have been vaccinated for the vaccine preventable diseases of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and pertussis. This is in addition to the evidence provided for vaccinations against Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis.

Students will not be able to commence their Vocational Placement unless they have provided the required evidence as specified below:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Evidence of 2 vaccinations one month apart or positive serology for all 3 diseases
  • Hepatitis B: Commence a Hepatitis B course which is 3 injections (0, 1 and 6 months) with positive serology supplied 4-6 weeks following 3rd vaccination or supply evidence of an Age-appropriate Hep B course
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Evidence of 2 vaccinations one month apart or positive serology
  • dTpa (Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) vaccination: Evidence of vaccinations for all 3 diseases within the last 10 years
  • Tuberculosis: Mantoux Test or evidence of a plain chest x-ray

Please note: you will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these entry requirements.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You may also be required to purchase uniform items, and a nursing kit. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

Need to know

To register as an Enrolled Nurse through APHRA after graduation, you must be able to demonstrate the completion of five years full-time equivalent education taught and assessed in English. Applicants for registration who cannot provide this evidence will be required to undertake an IELTS (or equivalent) test. Applicants will require a minimum score of seven (7.0) in each of the four (4) components of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Prior to enrolment all students should visit the AHPRA website for further information regarding registration following graduation.

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, all students enrolled in an approved nursing or midwifery course of study must be registered for the duration of study or until they are no longer enrolled in an approved course of study. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, working in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) maintains this Student Register and reflects the profile of students as advised by Australia’s education providers. The Student Register is not public and, in relation to students, is limited to recording student health impairment matters or criminal convictions of a serious nature. AHPRA has no role to play in the academic progress or conduct of students which continues to be a core responsibility of educational providers. Providing student details to AHPRA is a condition placed upon TAFE Queensland as your education provider, and therefore it is a condition of entry into this course that you consent to the release of your details accordingly. Further information can be found at the AHPRA website.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland