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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

APPLICATIONS FOR SEMESTER 1, 2021 ARE NOW OPEN! Applications close 30 October.

Click the 'apply now' tab below to download your application pack.

Semester 1, 2021

1 - 5 February: Nursing Orientation Week
8 February: Classes commence on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week
15 - 19 March: Simulation Week 1: Compulsory clinical skills training at Pundulmurra (South Hedland) campus
2 - 18 April: Mid-semester break
10 - 14 May: Simulation Week 2: Compulsory clinical skills training at Pundulmurra (South Hedland) campus

Clinical placement will commence at the end of the Semester for two weeks.

Scholarship opportunities are available to students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who have received a letter of offer. Find out more on application.

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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.

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

  • All persons aged 15—24 years, not enrolled at school
  • 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

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 as a minimum. There are two ways to meet this entrance requirement.

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 against the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

School leaver
If your primary language in English and you completed year 12 in 2020 with either ATAR of general studies and achieved a minimum grade of C in English and a minimum grade of C in mathematics, please provide a copy of your year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent certificate.

Non-school leaver (all other applicants)
All other non-school leaver applicants must complete the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). Details of the dates and times for the test and the test location will be advised 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

Applications for Semester 1, 2021 are now open! Applications close on 30 October, 2020.

Please click here to receive your Expression of Interest pack.

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 October 27, 2020