Discover your calling as an enrolled nurse.
Embrace your caring nature in a rewarding career where no two days are ever the same.
The Diploma of Nursing provides you with the skills to assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing. Upon successful completion, you are eligible to be registered as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Throughout this course, you will learn about anatomy and physiology, infection control, nursing care, nutritional and mental health care, health issues with a focus on Indigenous Australians, as well as the legal and ethical parameters of nursing.
For more information, please read the Diploma of Nursing Booklet(opens in a new tab) .
Throughout this course, you will gain skills in:
- Health and safety in hospitals and aged care facilities
- Clinical assessment and nursing care
- Cultural safety and professional practice
- Applying legislation and ethical behaviour
- Aged care
- Infection control
- First aid
- Wound management
- Medicine administration and intravenous therapy
- Caring for acute or chronic health conditions
- Diabetes treatment and care
- End of life and palliative nursing practices
- Stress management
- Researching best practice
This course is delivered in stages 1-3 over three semesters and a period of 18 months. Each semester is 19 weeks long and consists of 30 hours of study and training per week. You will study via consolidated teaching, face-to-face simulation weeks, clinical work placements, prescribed online activities and self-directed study.
Consolidated teaching: You will complete two 5-hour consolidated teaching sessions over 10 weeks throughout each of the three semesters. This will take place in an online interactive classroom setting.
Simulation weeks: You will complete two simulation weeks at Pundulmurra campus each semester, where you will integrate the theory component of your learning with the application of clinical skills.
Clinical work placement: You will undertake a minimum of 440 clinical work placement hours in Hedland, Karratha or Perth. Placements are full time and are scheduled for 2 – 6 weeks at a time.
Prescribed online activities: You will complete 5 hours of weekly online actitivies, assessments and modules.
Self-directed study: You will complete a minimum of 12 hours of unsupervised study per week.
Our Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland is home to the state-of-the-art Health and Community Services Training Centre. This facility encompasses a simulation wing incorporating an eight-bed hospital ward, nurse’s station, patient examination and treatment rooms, training classrooms and a viewing area for lecturer observation.
This course requires a mandatory work placement with an employer or participation in a 'live works' training area of the college. Prior to work placement with an employer or participating in a live works training area, you will need to be fully vaccinated, or you may not be able to successfully complete the course. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.
To gain entry into the Diploma of Nursing, there are two distinct requirements that need to be met.
1. Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) entry requirements
You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the minimum Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) entry requirements, with an achievement of an Australian Core Skills Framework Exit Level 3.
- All non-school leaver applicants must complete the literacy and numeracy components of the LLN Robot.
- Applicants from non-English speaking countries who have undertaken a formal English Language Skills Test for example (IELTS) need only undertake the numeracy component of the LLN Robot.
- Applicants who have completed Year 12 with either ATAR or General studies and achieved a minimum grade of C in English, need only to undertake the numeracy component of the LLN Robot.
The LLN Robot is an interactive on-line tool designed to identify and measure an individual's foundation skill level. Participants who undertake this assessment must have an exit level three against the Australian Core Skills Framework in BOTH reading and numeracy.
2. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language competency
You must must also provide evidence that you have met the minimum English Language Competency set out by the NMBA prior to commencing in the Diploma of Nursing.
What do you need to do?
You need to have met one of the following criteria:
At admission to the program, you have English as your primary language and can demonstrate you have attended and satisfactory completed at least six years of primary and secondary education (at least two years must be between years 7 to 12) taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised English speaking countries that meet the NMBA requirements; These countries are:
- New Zealand
- The United States of America
- The United Kingdom
- Canada (excluding French Canadian territories)
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
If you do not have English as your primary language, you must be able to demonstrate minimum scores in one of the following English Language Tests:
- IELTS International English Language Testing System (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum
- score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
- OET Occupational English Test with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
- PTE Academic Pearson test of English academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
- TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
- 24 for listening
- 24 for reading
- 27 for writing, and
- 23 for speaking
As well as meeting the entry requirements, you must also be able to obtain the below mentioned to be eligible to commence in the Diploma of Nursing. If you cannot obtain the following, you will be ineligible to attend clinical placements, therefore ineligible to commence in the Diploma of Nursing program.
- Criminal clearance valid within 12 months of this application
- Pre-entry medical exam (documents will be provided upon successful entry into the program)
You must complete a minimum of 440 clinical work placement hours in Hedland, Karratha or Perth tas part of this course. Placements are full time and are scheduled for 2 – 6 weeks at a time. During your clinical placement, you will observe, develop and put your theoretical skills into practice while shadowing a workplace supervisor.
The Diploma of Nursing acts as a pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing, to become a Registered Nurse. Find out more about the Bachelor of Nursing here.(opens in a new tab)
Delivery locations and study options
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Our estimated fees are based on:
- Full time study in 2022
- A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
- The government rate for Australian Citizens over the age of 18, permanent visa holders, visa sub-class 309, 444, 820 or a 457 dependent visa
These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.