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Diploma of Nursing

Career Area:Community, Health & Fitness National Code:HLT54115
Diploma of NursingThis course provides the skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse under the supervision of the registered nurse in a variety of settings including acute, aged care, community, rehabilitation and mental health. It will provide the theoretical and practical skills to:
- relate the concepts of the person, environment and health to the safe and effective practice of nursing
- participate in a multidisciplinary team to assist the individual to meet their needs
- practise in a safe and culturally competent manner to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional and mental health needs of individuals
- practice within the nursing professional standards, codes of practice and state legislation
- develop, monitor and maintain a holistic plan of care in collaboration with the RN, multidisciplinary team
- demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills in a variety of healthcare settings
- participate in professional development of self
- practise within safety standards and quality improvement guidelines
- engage in reflective practice, nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice to nursing care

To complete the Diploma of Nursing students are required to successfully complete all units and complete a minimum of 400hrs of unpaid professional experience to meet the assessment requirements of the units. On completion of HLT54115 qualification students are eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (http://www.ahpra.gov.au).

ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY
If you are enrolling in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for at least 2 minutes on the floor. If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
Or
- Certificate III

PLUS
English language requirements for course entry
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

1. If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)

OR

2. Completion of four (4) years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above.

NOTE: the English language requirements includes that your Diploma of Nursing must be a minimum of one (1) year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study otherwise English language testing is an additional requirement.

Or

3. English Language achievement in AHPRA approved tests including: (Please note that the results can be collected across two (2) tests within a six (6) month period)
1. Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a minimum score overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting.
2. Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
3. PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 58 and a minimum score of 58 in each of the 4 components in one sitting
4. TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 79 with reading at a minimum of 19, listening a minimum of 20, speaking at a minimum of 20 and writing at a minimum of 24
5. Other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time.

Career Pathways

Enrolled nurses can work in general or specialised health care facilities including acute (hospital), care, medical centres, community, mental health, rural and remote, aged care and palliative care.

Prior Learning

For further information please refer to the Recognition area of the Hunter TAFE website.

Students with Disabilities

If you are considering studying with Hunter TAFE and are unsure what impact your disability may have on your study, please feel free to contact Disability Services to find out!

Delivery Locations, Important Dates, Study Options and Timetables

Newcastle Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
Various Full Time
20hrs/Week
Thank you for your interest in the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW - Newcastle Campus.

All students that wish to apply for the Diploma of Nursing course for 2018 are required to attend a compulsory Information session. The next session is:

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time: 10:00am or 6:00pm
Location: Riddell Theatre, Block P, Newcastle Campus

17NEW-998

Full Time Study at Newcastle Campus, Maitland Road, Tighes Hill (3 days per week), face to face study only for 18 months including 400 hours of work placement (5 days per week).

You may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Click here for more information.

Students can pay their fee upfront, pay off their student fees in instalments or take out a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. This study now, pay later option is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government. A 20% loan fee applies for VET Student Loans when enrolling in this qualification.

A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of the courses fees. Should you be offered the Fee for Service Course Fee of $16,300 and if you are interested in applying for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan, please note the Loan Cap for this course is $15,000. This means the maximum amount you can borrow is $15,000. You will be required to pay the balance of your course fee of $1,300. Payment options will be advised at the Enrolment Session.

Please note it is a requirement to read the VET Student Loan Information for 2017 booklet before applying for a loan. For more information please visit https://www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans . To download the VET Student Loan 2017 Information booklet please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/vet_student_loan_student_infomation_booklet_2017_0.pdf

The Hunter TAFE Fee and Refund Policy advises Hunter TAFE customers of their obligations with regard to Student Fees and Additional Costs, and of eligibility requirements for refunds.

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 14393A - Workplace clinical practice
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • 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
  • HLTENN010 - Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • 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
  • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Local Entry Requirements

All successful applicants will be required to meet NSW Health immunisation requirements and National Police record checks for work placement and subsequent offers of employment.

Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other Information

The Diploma of Nursing course entry requirements are:

• Satisfactory completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent other state/territory

OR

• Satisfactory completion of the NSW School Certificate or equivalent other state/territory and a Certificate III qualification or equivalent.

The course does have language (IELTS – level 7 required), literacy and numeracy requirements, for more information visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.

This qualification has become superseded across Australia and an updated version of this qualification will soon be available. This means that Hunter TAFE may continue to deliver the old qualification for 12 months from the date of change. Students enrolling during this time must complete the qualification by the transition date or transition to a new qualification when it becomes available. Transitioning to a new qualification will not result in financial penalty.

Further information will be provided during the time of your enrolment. To talk about transition dates or for help to identify the right course for you, please contact us.

Enquire Now
Newcastle Campus campus
Semester: Semester Various,
Study Options: Full Time, 20hrs/Week, weeks
How to Enrol: Thank you for your interest in the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW - Newcastle Campus.

All students that wish to apply for the Diploma of Nursing course for 2018 are required to attend a compulsory Information session. The next session is:

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time: 10:00am or 6:00pm
Location: Riddell Theatre, Block P, Newcastle Campus
Proposed Timetable: Full Time Study at Newcastle Campus, Maitland Road, Tighes Hill (3 days per week), face to face study only for 18 months including 400 hours of work placement (5 days per week).
Information Session:
Fees & Charges:

You may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Click here for more information.

Students can pay their fee upfront, pay off their student fees in instalments or take out a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. This study now, pay later option is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government. A 20% loan fee applies for VET Student Loans when enrolling in this qualification.

A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of the courses fees. Should you be offered the Fee for Service Course Fee of $16,300 and if you are interested in applying for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan, please note the Loan Cap for this course is $15,000. This means the maximum amount you can borrow is $15,000. You will be required to pay the balance of your course fee of $1,300. Payment options will be advised at the Enrolment Session.

Please note it is a requirement to read the VET Student Loan Information for 2017 booklet before applying for a loan. For more information please visit https://www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans . To download the VET Student Loan 2017 Information booklet please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/vet_student_loan_student_infomation_booklet_2017_0.pdf

The Hunter TAFE Fee and Refund Policy advises Hunter TAFE customers of their obligations with regard to Student Fees and Additional Costs, and of eligibility requirements for refunds.

Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 14393A - Workplace clinical practice
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • 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
  • HLTENN010 - Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • 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
  • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Important Information: Local Entry Requirements

All successful applicants will be required to meet NSW Health immunisation requirements and National Police record checks for work placement and subsequent offers of employment.

Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other Information

The Diploma of Nursing course entry requirements are:

• Satisfactory completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent other state/territory

OR

• Satisfactory completion of the NSW School Certificate or equivalent other state/territory and a Certificate III qualification or equivalent.

The course does have language (IELTS – level 7 required), literacy and numeracy requirements, for more information visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.

This qualification has become superseded across Australia and an updated version of this qualification will soon be available. This means that Hunter TAFE may continue to deliver the old qualification for 12 months from the date of change. Students enrolling during this time must complete the qualification by the transition date or transition to a new qualification when it becomes available. Transitioning to a new qualification will not result in financial penalty.

Further information will be provided during the time of your enrolment. To talk about transition dates or for help to identify the right course for you, please contact us.

Disclaimer

Courses will run subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability is subject to review and change.