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  • HLT54115

Diploma of Nursing

Transition Program
At a glance

At a glance

Transition your career with this advanced qualification designed for people who've previously completed units from the Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612). Complete gap training and gain the specialised skills and knowledge needed 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 transition qualification, designed for people who've previously completed units from the Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612). The Diploma of Nursing is the essential minimum requirement to register as an enrolled nurse. The health sector is growing in Australia with the Graduate Outcomes Survey reporting four out of five nursing graduates gain employment within three months of graduation.

This Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) will provide gap training to cover previously completed units from the Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612). Depending on gap training requirements you may gain the advanced skills needed 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 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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 400 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002
Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003
Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001
Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002
Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003
Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004
Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005
Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006
Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007
Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009
Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011
Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012
Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013
Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015
Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002
Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBWOR404
Develop work priorities
CHCPOL003
Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
HLTENN010
Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN025
Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • 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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

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.

Students are required to provide evidence of having sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake the program’s academic and workplace experience requirements, prior to commencing the program. The initial requirement for enrolment is that students are to provide evidence they have completed 6 years of schooling where the education was delivered and assessed solely in English. 

Domestic students

Domestic students who have successfully completed Year 12 English will not be required to complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment of language and literacy.

Domestic students who have completed Year 12 studies without Mathematics will be required to complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment for numeracy and achieve a competency of at least Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

International students

Prior to enrolment, students schooled outside of Australia must provide evidence of a formal English language test result, demonstrating they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) minimum requirements as specified in the English language skills.

The assessment must have been completed less than 2 years ago.

Formal English language tests are listed below, with their required outcomes to support enrolment*:-

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - a minimum score of 7.0 overall and in each of the four (4) components
  • Occupational English Test (OET) - a minimum score of ‘B’ in each of the four (4) components
  • Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) - a minimum score of 65 in each of the four (4) communicative skills
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT) - a minimum score of 94 overall with a minimum score in each section:
    • 24 for listening
    • 24 for reading
    • 27 for writing
    • 23 for speaking

*Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for further specific requirements for an accepted test result.

All International students will need to complete, prior to enrolment, a Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) assessment in numeracy and achieve a competency of at least Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

This is a requirement in accordance with TAFE Queensland and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Selection criteria

Candidates who enrol into HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing transition program will undergo gap training to map their previous successful units from HLT51612 to HLT54115 through assessments/activities and practical tests and must demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of units in the HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) achieved within the last 5 years.
  • Previous study needs to be validated by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast including evidence of any practical components.  This may involve TAFE Queensland contacting your previous education organisation to validate the studies.  If a document cannot be validated, the candidate may need to contact Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), incurring the cost for their official results, which could take up to 6 weeks.

Placement

Units in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course have specific performance evidence that candidates need to successfully complete. The unit performance evidence details the skill or skills to be demonstrated:

  • The number of times the skill or skills need to be satisfactorily demonstrated and;
  • Where the skill has to be demonstrated, such as in the workplace environment or simulated environment (or both)

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires students enrolled in HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course to successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of vocational placement.

These hours may need to be increased to assist the candidate to meet the required workplace demonstration of skills listed in the units that make up HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide their own transport and be prepared to accommodate shift work including early morning starts, late afternoon shifts, pubic holidays or weekends.

Candidates must supply mandatory placement documentation at their time of enrolment, including but not limited to:

  • Blue Card
  • Current Federal Police Check
  • Evidence of current vaccination and/or immunity for the vaccine preventable diseases - MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, dTpa, Tuberculosis and/or immunity (details of evidence are available from the Vocational Placement Coordinator at your campus)

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.

Please note: All costs to obtain the evidence/documentation will be endured by the candidate. 

Resources required

No recommended textbook list will be provided. Candidates who enrol into the transition program will obtain electronic access to our library, Clinical Key database for all learning resources and Studiosity for after-hours academic support.

Uniforms are to  be purchased at a cost to the candidate and must be worn in all simulated workshops or while on placement. Further details to purchase the uniform will be provided at time of enrolment.

Need to know

Prior to attending vocational placement, students in the HLT54115 Transition Program will need to demonstrate their ability to perform safely and competently for their particular level of learning.  Successful completion of simulated assessment tasks assists TAFE Queensland assessors to make a judgement about a student’s preparedness for vocational placement in the workplace. 

Depending on the outcome of an individual evaluation of prior learning and assessment, students in the HLT54115 Transition Program will need to successfully complete a Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 oral simulated clinical assessment (OSCA) before undertaking vocational placement: 

  • If a student has not successfully completed Stage 1 VPC within the past 12 months, the student will be required to undertake a Stage 1 OSCA assessment prior to commencing vocational placement.
  • If a student has not successfully completed Stage 2 VPC within the past 12 months, the student will be required to undertake a Stage 2 OSCA assessment prior to commencing vocational placement.
  • If a student has not successfully completed Stage 3 VPC within the past 12 months, the student will be required to undertake a Stage 3 OSCA assessment prior to commencing vocational placement.

Also, students who have not successfully completed a medication calculation exam within the past 12 months will be required to do so before commencing Stage 2 or Stage 3 vocational placements.

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.

Disclaimer

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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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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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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 may 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