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Diploma of Nursing

Designed to satisfy the growing demand for competent workers in healthcare, the Diploma of Nursing is a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students to offer acute, curative, and rehabilitative care under the supervision of a registered nurse. As a student in this program, you will learn how to work with patients of all ages in a variety of settings, with a focus on aged care, community care, acute care, and mental health. With a growing demand for healthcare services in Australia and around the world, a career as an enrolled nurse can be incredibly lucrative and exciting. If you wish to pursue this path, a diploma can provide you with the skills and abilities necessary to thrive in this demanding but rewarding field.  

Course Info

Diploma of Nursing in Australia is a 24-month course that offers students the pathway to becoming enrolled nurses. This program stands out as an ideal option for individuals seeking to embark on a career in nursing as it is the exclusive pathway to becoming a registered Enrolled Nurse through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Tuition Fees

On average, the two-year program costs $25,000 per year.


Intakes for the Diploma of Nursing usually fall during February and July. However, the program is in high demand, and slots run out quickly. Contact us for current availability for the Diploma of Nursing in Sydney and the Diploma of Nursing in Adelaide.

Course Modules

Module Code

Module Title

Nominal Hours



Work with diverse people40Core

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25


Reflect on and improve own professional practice120Core
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status90Core
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information60Core
HLTENN035Practise nursing within the Australian health care system75Core
HLTENN036Apply communication skills in nursing practice50Core
HLTENN037Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care50Core
HLTENN038Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care110Core
HLTENN039Apply principles of wound management60Core
HLTENN040Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy275Core
HLTENN041Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice30Core
HLTENN042Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions60Core
HLTENN043Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions150Core
HLTENN044Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions60Core
HLTENN045Implement and monitor care of the older person75Core
HLTENN047Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting80Core
HLTENN068Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice70Core
HLTINF006Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control35Core
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25Core
BSBPEF402Develop personal work priorities40Elective
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice65Elective
HLTAID011Provide First Aid18Elective
HLTENN057Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes80Elective
HLTWHS006Manage personal stressors in the work environment25Elective

What skills will I gain?

Upon completion of the Diploma of Nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide safe and effective nursing care to patients of all ages and in all settings
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals
  • Administer medications and treatments safely and effectively
  • Monitor patients’ health status and provide appropriate interventions
  • Document patient care accurately and in a timely manner
  • Work collaboratively as part of a healthcare team

Entry requirements:

The entry requirements for the Diploma of Nursing program vary from institution to institution. However, most programs require applicants to have completed a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs may also require applicants to have completed certain prerequisite courses, such as biology, chemistry, and math.

Academic Qualifications: Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent is required.

English Language Proficiency: International students are required to provide evidence of English language competency through recognized language tests such as IELTS or TOEFL. 

Background Check and Immunizations: Due to the nature of healthcare work, applicants are often required to undergo a police check and provide evidence of up-to-date immunizations to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Job opportunities:

Graduates of the Diploma of Nursing program are well-prepared to pursue a variety of fulfilling and in-demand nursing roles in Australia. Graduates of the Diploma of Nursing program will be qualified to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care facilities

Some of the job opportunities available include:

  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Aged Care Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Palliative Care Nurse

Eligibility Requirements

  • Each band 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent
  • Completion of year 12 or equivalent
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