Course Description

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning, HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for learners looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so your course is available anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning, HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for learners looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so your course is available anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

Course number E1224
CRICOS Course Code 099132C
Qualification name HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
Course duration Approximately 18 months (excluding study breaks)
Delivery Method Campus & Online with Clinical Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training

This program is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, visit the AHPRA Approved Programs of Study list for further information.

Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Oral assessments, Practical skills assessments, Role plays, Third party evidence, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc trading as Open Colleges School of Health ABN 39 742 730 429 (RTO 40049 | CRICOS Provider 03733E)

Build a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities, with this Diploma of Nursing course. Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning, HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for learners looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

If you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!

Why study this course?​

  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth.
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning will be delivered online, so your course is available anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here. 

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development
  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status
  • Assess client health status
  • Plan action to address identified health status
  • Apply principles and knowledge of nursing practice to work in a health care system.
  • Identify and discuss funding sources for health care in Australia.
  • Identify and respond to factors and issues affecting health in Australia.
  • Work in the context of professional nursing practice.
  • Contribute to professional work team.
  • Use effective communication skills in complex situations.
  • Identify and address actual and potential constraints to communication.
  • Use information technology to support communication in nursing practice.
  • Lead small group discussions.
  • Give and receive feedback for performance improvement.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of communication in complex situations.
  • Collect and interpret health data.
  • Undertake admission and discharge procedures for a person.
  • Contribute to planning the nursing care of a person.
  • Contribute to ongoing development of individual nursing care plans.
  • Prepare a person for care procedures.
  • Implement care procedures to meet identified needs.
  • Monitor a person’s identified care needs.
  • Evaluate outcomes of care provided.
  • Perform nursing interventions to assist a person with complex needs.
  • Contribute to the nursing care of people with common disorders and conditions.
  • Use critical thinking to improve care quality.
  • Apply protocols for wound assessment.
  • Assess impact of wound on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to planning care for a person with a wound.
  • Undertake clinical nursing care in implementing wound care strategies.
  • Apply contemporary wound management strategies to complex or challenging wounds.
  • Assist in evaluating outcomes of nursing actions.
  • Minimise potential risk to ensure safe administration of medications.
  • Prepare for medication administration and infusion of IV fluids.
  • Administer and store medication.
  • Monitor and evaluate a person’s response to administered medication, IV fluids and blood and blood products.
  • Assess effectiveness of pain-relieving therapy.
  • Perform within scope of professional nursing practice.
  • Apply knowledge of the legal framework to nursing practice.
  • Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.
  • Support the rights, interests and needs of the person and their family.
  • Apply open disclosure processes.
  • Identify and address State/Territory mental health legislation requirements.
  • Respond appropriately to signs of mental illness.
  • Contribute to care planning and conduct initial clinical observations for a person with a mental health condition.
  • Contribute to the recovery of a person with a mental health condition.
  • Identify impact of acute health problems on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to planning care for a person with acute health problems.
  • Perform nursing interventions to support health care of a person with acute health problems.
  • Contribute to pre- and post-operative nursing care of a person.
  • Contribute to an emergency response in the acute care environment.
  • Identify impact of chronic health problems on a person, family or carer.
  • Contribute to a coordinated service approach.
  • Respond to the health requirements of an older person.
  • Contribute to the care plan for an older person.
  • Apply nursing practice in the aged care environment.
  • Identify requirements and address issues in aged care nursing practice.
  • Use strategies that relate to the progressive and variable nature of dementia.
  • Develop and implement strategies to minimise impact of challenging behaviours.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary health care team in a primary health care environment.
  • Recognise impact of a health problem on a person in the primary health care environment.
  • Provide health education and health promotion for illness prevention.
  • Perform nursing interventions that support a person’s health care needs.
  • Evaluate outcomes of planned primary health care and promote suitable resources.
  • Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
  • Identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices
  • Identify reliable sources of research information
  • Analyse and synthesise research information
  • Present research information
  • Plan and complete own work schedule
  • Monitor own work performance
  • Coordinate professional development
  • Respond to an emergency situation.
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures.
  • Coordinate first aid activities until arrival of medical assistance.
  • Communicate details of the incident.
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance.

 

 

  • Recognise the special needs of a person requiring a palliative approach to care.
  • Support person, family or carers using the palliative approach.
  • Identify and respond to signs of deterioration and the stages of dying.
  • Care for the person’s body after death and provide support for the family and others.
  • Provide for own self-care in palliative care role.
  • Identify diabetes care services in the Australian health care environment.
  • Assess the needs of a person with diabetes.
  • Perform complex nursing interventions to assist a person to achieve and maintain optimal diabetes health.
  • Evaluate the care plan for a person with diabetes, and support a person’s self-management.

International Student Entry Requirements

All International Students must apply through an approved Education Agent (refer to Find an Agent on our website).

The minimum entry requirements for this course are as follows.  You will need to:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Meet the Australian Department of Home Affairs eligibility criteria for a Student Visa to Australia
  • Complete an online test to assess your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills against the standard levels of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
  • Have successfully completed the overseas equivalent to an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12)
  • Complete one of the following English language proficiency tests and meet the requirements for test results:
    • IELTS (Academic module) test and achieved a result of 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each component from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in a six month period only if you achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 7.0 in each component across the two sittings with no score in any component of the test being below 6.5
    • OET Online test and achieved a result of B overall and B in each of the four components from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if you are testing in all four components in each sitting and achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings and no score in any component of the test is below C
    • PTE Academic test and achieved a result of 65 overall and 65 in each of the 4 components in one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings with no score in any of the communicative skills being below 58
    • TOEFL iBT test and achieved a result of 94 overall and 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking from one test sitting; or a maximum of two (2) test sittings in any six month period only if a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting and you achieve a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking across the two sittings and the score is not below 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing and 20 for speaking in either of the tests.
  • You must complete a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) assessment, including evidence of financial capacity to study and live in Australia for the duration of your course
  • You must reside in either South Australia or Western Australia for the duration of your course
  • You must provide evidence of the required Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your course.

Professional Experience Placement

As part of this Diploma you will be required to complete at least three Professional Experience Placements totalling 456 hours (12 weeks) in a variety of settings.

The placements will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience.  Placements are arranged, fully facilitated and supported by Open Colleges School of Health.

Please note that placements are full-time, unpaid and rostered according to standard industry shifts, which may include night shifts, weekends and/or public holidays. 

Prior to placement you will need to provide evidence of meeting all of the following pre-requisites:

  • A clear and unencumbered Criminal History check
  • A current immunisation record with evidence of up to date vaccinations and/or immunity as per the Australian Government Department of Health’s recommended vaccinations for Healthcare workers and any State Government Health Department requirements
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
  • A current Manual Handling Certificate (part of the Diploma)
  • Completion of any relevant electronic health records system training (part of the Diploma).

Download a copy of our Course Guide for further information about Professional Experience Placements including pre-requisites.

South Australia

  • Tuesday, 21 January 2020 (Tuesday/Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Monday, 24 February 2020 (Monday/Tuesday campus attendance)
  • Thursday, 9 April 2020 (Thursday/Friday campus attendance)
  • Tuesday, 7 July 2020 (Tuesday/Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020 (Thursday/Friday campus attendance)

Western Australia

  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020 (Wednesday/Thursday campus attendance)
  • Monday, 24 February 2020 (Monday/Tuesday campus attendance)
  • Wednesday, 15 April 2020 (Wednesday/Thursday campus attendance)
  • Tuesday, 7 July 2020 (Tuesday/Wednesday campus attendance)
  • Monday, 3 August 2020 (Monday/Tuesday campus attendance)