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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 State ID: AYZ3
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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. 

Before proceeding, please ensure you read the Diploma of Nursing Booklet (432 KB) (PDF document).

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


This course is part of the Skills Ready initiative, allowing you to pay just half of the standard course fees for training from now until 2025! In addition, eligible students will have their course fees capped at just $400 per year. Please note that additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Skills Ready page for more information.

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills courses, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your training.

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)

Students will undertake numerous clinical placements during the Diploma of Nursing, usually at the end of each semester. Placements are between 2-6 weeks full time. Part-time placements are not available. Clinical placement is a mandatory component of the Diploma of Nursing. Students are required to complete a minimum of 440 unpaid hours prior to graduating and to be eligible to register with the NMBA.

Delivery locations and study options

Available all year

Qualification details

Duration 18 Months
When Available all year
Where Pundulmurra Campus
How Off campus
On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $0.00 $1,200.00
Concession $400.00 $0.00 $400.00

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.

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