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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 | State ID: AYZ3

Provide the right care to those in need.

The Diploma of Nursing provides participants with the practical skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse. Upon successful completion, participants will have the skills to assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing, and will be able to seek enrolled nursing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Participants will learn about:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Infection control
  • Nursing care of clients
  • Legal and ethical parameters of nursing practice
  • Health issues of Indigenous Australians
  • Nutritional and mental health care
  • Promoting positive health.

Please note: Participants will need to complete a mandatory 440 hours of clinical placement, and attendance at two one-week blocks at Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland each semester. Clinical placements are required to be undertaken in Hedland/Karratha and in Perth, as part of the course.

Continue your studies into university through our joint articulation program!

Students who successfully complete NR TAFE's Diploma of Nursing are offered a direct pathway into CQUniversity Australia's Bachelor of Nursing, receiving full credit for their enrolled nursing training. Speak to us about progressing into university studies via the articulation program.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Nursing!

Bachelor of Nursing WA portal
Bachelor of Nursing Handbook


2020 nursing intake postponed

Unfortunately our Semester 2 Diploma of Nursing intake has been deferred to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to next year's intake and will update this page as new information becomes available.


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Half price*

This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, allowing you to pay just half of the standard course fees for training in 2020-21.  This course is offered at the below campuses, subject to minimum numbers being met. Other locations may be available by arrangement.

The following people will be eligible for the $400 annual course fees cap under Lower fees, local skills

  • All students aged 15—24 years
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school

Please note that only course fees are half price for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course. For more details about how the half price course fees and annual fees cap work, please read our FAQs or contact us.

Entrance Requirements

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How to apply

Entrance Requirements

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

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they meet the minimum LLN entry requirements, demonstrating achievement of an Australian Core Skills Framework Exit Level 3 (that being a Certificate IV or above) as a minimum. This can be demonstrated via various means, including:

The LLN test
The Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) is an interactive online tool designed to identify and measure an individual's foundation skills level. Participants who undertake this assessment must have an exit level three (that being a Certificate IV) against the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

School leaver
School leaver School leavers must show evidence of completion of their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) General or ATAR, with a minimum C grade or equivalent in both English and Mathematics.

Non-school leaver
All non-school leaver applicants must complete the CSPA. This test will be administered by NR TAFE on application to the program. This is an online interactive test that can be taken on campus or at home on your own device. The log in for this test will be sent to applicants during the application process.

2. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language competency

Applicants must also provide evidence that they have met the minimum English Language Competency set out by the NMBA prior to commencing in the Diploma of Nursing.

What do I need to do?
You need to have met one of the following criteria:

  • At admission to the program the applicant has English as their primary language and can demonstrate they 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 and South Africa.


  • At the time of applying to study in the Diploma of Nursing the applicant must be able to provide evidence that they have evidence of three and a half (3.5) years (full time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries. This would then satisfy the NMBA registration requirements which states that: “At time when applying for NMBA registration as an EN Graduate, the graduate must be able to demonstrate that they can provide evidence of five (5) years (fulltime equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries”. The completion of the full time equivalent education must be a combination of the following taught in a recognised country.


  • Demonstrated minimum scores in one of the following English Language Tests, IELTS, OET, PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT. The scores must be from one sitting. For students who have test results from multiple sittings, please refer to NMBA Registration Standard: English Language Skills (July 2015)

As well as meeting the entry requirements, students 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)
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How to apply

Please click here to receive your Expression of Interest pack. You will be contacted when the next nursing intake opens.

Delivery location, important dates and study options

Available all year

Qualification details


Fees and charges


Duration 18 months
When Available all year
Where Pundulmurra (South Hedland) Campus
How Face-to-face block delivery
Face-to-face classroom/campus delivery
Mixed mode
On the job/on location
Online learning – flexible/self-paced
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Page last updated August 06, 2020