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HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing

Get the Skills required to become an Enrolled Nurse in Australia

The HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing gives you an exhaustive grounding in crucial healthcare, technical, interpersonal and clinical skills, as well as the knowledge, skills and competencies required to practice nursing in Australia. This accredited course is delivered over a total duration of 24 months.

  • Course Code : HLT54115
  • Course Name : HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing
  • AQF Level : Level 5 - Diploma
  • Duration : 102 weeks (4 semesters)
  • School : School of Nursing
  • Provided By :
    Institute of Health and Nursing Australia
  • Accreditations/
    Funding :
    IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course

  • Articulation
    Pathways :
    murdoch" Edith Cowan University Charles Darwin University

For those who are looking for a career in Nursing, where they can offer support and care to people who need it; the HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing is the right choice.

On completing the HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing, you can enter the healthcare industry as an Enrolled Nurse and work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This course will open the doors to many rewarding job opportunities, as thousands of jobs are expected to open in this sector over the next five years. More here.

The course will cover topics such as the following: First Aid, obtaining and interpreting a patient's physical information, work health and safety, working within a diverse environment, following organisational infection prevention and control procedures, performing preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems and more. This course aims to nurture highly-skilled, competent and confident enrolled nurses who can think critically and make the right decisions in the situations they may face.

Our HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing is a well-recognised course that is nationally accredited by Nationally Recognised Training in Australia (a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments).

Course learning outcomes

This course is designed to provide the following learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession and the development of the delivery of healthcare by nurses as health professionals;
  • discuss the importance and application of legislation, regulations and legal precedent to enrolled nurse practice;
  • practise in a safe and culturally competent manner by adhering to the Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice;
  • recognise the accountability and responsibility of self and other health team members in the provision of nursing care in the area of practice;
  • demonstrate critical thinking in the delivery of specific services;
  • formulate and implement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments;
  • provide holistic nursing care to support the healthcare needs of clients in all age groups and health conditions as applicable;
  • acknowledge cultural competence and team contribution as a basis for effective workplace and professional relationships;
  • understand the importance of nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice guidelines to nursing practice;
  • participate in ongoing education programs to ensure quality improvement practices in own scope of care;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of healthcare settings;
  • comply with nursing documentation requirements within own scope of practice;
  • provide nursing care for clients with complex care needs including safe medication administration within the scope of enrolled nurse practice.


The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery. It would be delivered over 1695 hours including theory (20 contact hours per week at an IHNA campus), self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training (420 hours) and at least 480 hours of work based training / professional experience placement (PEP) over four semesters.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation.


Each semester will have a Professional Experience Placements component which may be conducted based on the relevant semester in an aged care facility/GP Clinic/Mental Health Facility/Sub Acute Facility/Acute Facility.

The Professional Experience Placements will be 5 days a week. Students may be allocated a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) shifts. Morning shifts usually start at 7 am and evening shifts can finish at 10.30 pm. Each shift is 8.5 hours long (including 30 mins meal break). Students must attend as per schedule; no special arrangements or changes will be made on the allocated placements. PEPs may be cancelled without prior notice by the facility.

The PEP will be arranged by IHNA. We DO NOT guarantee that the PEP venue will be close to your suburb. It can be anywhere in Australia. Students must be ready to travel and stay anywhere in Australia for the PEP at their own cost.

Upon successful completion of the HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing, you will meet one of the requirements to apply for your registration as an enrolled nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Students who have not completed Year 12 in Australia, may need to have an English Language testing required. Please refer to the AHPRA website to know the current requirements for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Click here to view the current English language skills registration standard.


It enables graduates to practice nursing in a variety of areas including acute care, medical, surgical, general, rehabilitation, palliative care, operating theatres, paediatric, community, mental health or aged care settings in Australia under the supervision and direction of the Registered Nurse.

This course may have pathways to further studies such as:

•  Advanced Diploma of Nursing;
•  Bachelor of Nursing;
•  Bachelor of Midwifery.

The HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing has a total of 25 units; 20 core units and five elective units.


CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care


HLTENN010Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTAID003Provide first aid
BSBWOR404Develop work priorities
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice
BSBLDR402Lead effective workplace relationships

IHNA requires all enrolling students to have the below learning resources that will support their learning process.

Mandatory Textbook

Students must purchase this prescribed textbook as mentioned below.

Semester 1 :

1. Ross & Wilson Anatomy & Physiology Value Pack (incl workbook/colouring book) 12th edition

2. Tabbner's Nursing Care : Theory and Practice 7th Ed Oct 2016 - Gabby

Semester 3 :

1. Nursing Calculations 9th Ed 2016

2. McKenna: Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy ANZ, ed 2013


IHNA has a computer lab with computers that can be accessed during working hours. Students must have a personal computer and access to internet to access all learning resources, online library, assessments, communicate with educators, fellow students, support services etc.

All students must have a basic computer knowledge and skills.

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The total tuition cost for the HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing is AUD $30,000 for international students.

For international students: secondary course fee is $18,000

IHNA has partnered with Edith Cowan University to build pathways into our School of Nursing, and open the chance for students to further their education.
Visit the ECU website for further details.
Get a direct entry into the second year of ECU's Bachelors of Science (Nursing)
For more information, please contact our admission consultants on 1800 22 52 83

Career Outcomes

After successful completion of the program the candidates may gain employment in a health or community care facility which may include a hospital, aged care, rehabilitation center, clinic, GP services, etc. as an Enrolled Nurse. Successful completion of the course enables graduates to be eligible to apply to AHPRA for registration as Enrolled Nurse. Students need to meet the eligibility criteria set by AHPRA at the time of registration.

Entry requirements

There are no pre-requisites or any other training package entry requirements for this course.


IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its 'International Students Admission Policy and Procedure' to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

  • Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACER test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 4 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).
  • From 1 July 2018 all students that would be required by the NMBA to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating achievement of the NMBA specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program as below:
    • Has attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, including at least two years between years 7 and 12
      • [NB: At the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate: the applicant will have completed an NMBA approved Enrolled Nurse program and will therefore have a qualification that has been taught and assessed solely in English.]


    • At the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate, the applicant will be able to demonstrate having completed 5 years (full time equivalent) of studies taught and assessed in English - that includes a combination of secondary, vocational or tertiary studies (or tertiary education alone) and evidence of a minimum of one year fulltime equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body  in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
    • Has formal English language test score results showing:
      • an IELTS (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).
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • achieved a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
          • achieved a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5.


      • an OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).NOTE:
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • was tested in all four components in each sitting, and
          • achieved a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below C.


      • a PTE 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).NOTE:
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
          • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58


      • a TOEFL iBT 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.

        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any of the sections is below:
            • 20 for listening
            • 19 for reading
            • 24 for writing, and
            • 20 for speaking


      • other English language test approved by the NMBA as published on the Board's website with the required minimum scores

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate(AFP) / NCC will be required for all practical placements.
  • Students must complete the immunization process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without Immunisation.
  • Current Working with Children Check

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable adjustments" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control.

The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable adjustments. Our courses cater to a range of candidates. The candidates are required to be physically fit to manage tasks.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

  • Strength : Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
  • Mobility : Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
  • Hearing : Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
  • Vision : Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
  • Communication : Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability or disorder or on any longer medications that will require reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements, then please declare in your course application.

Assessment strategies are implemented for collecting evidence and making judgements about whether competency has been achieved by the learner. The assessments confirm whether an individual can perform to the standards expected in the workplace, as expressed in the relevant endorsed unit of competency.

Assessment tools used include :

  • Theory Assessments (TA)
  • Unit Examination
  • Project
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Book

To apply for this course, just scroll down and submit an enquiry. Our representative will get back to you and provide guidance.


Melbourne (Heidelberg)

Face to Face

Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Feb 8, 2021
Apr 5, 2021
Jul 5, 2021
Oct 4, 2021
Feb 7, 2022
Apr 4, 2022
Jul 4, 2022
Oct 3, 2022

Sydney (Parramatta)

Face to Face

Jul 6, 2020
Aug 10, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Apr 5, 2021
Jul 5, 2021
Oct 4, 2021
Feb 7, 2022
Apr 4, 2022

Melbourne CBD

Face to Face

Jul 6, 2020

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face

Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Feb 15, 2021
Jul 5, 2021

Melbourne Heidelberg Campus ( Face to Face )

February Intake : Monday to Tuesday ( Full day class ) and Wednesday self-directed
April Intake: Wednesday to Friday 1.30 PM to 6.30 PM
July Intake : Wednesday to Friday 8.30 AM to 1.30 PM
October Intake : Wednesday to Friday 1.30 PM to 6.30 PM

Perth Campus

Mondays and Tuesdays

Sydney Campus ( February, April and October Intakes )

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Sydney Campus ( July Intake )

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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