HLT51612 -

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled / Division 2 Nursing)

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

Study one of the great caring professions and embark on a rewarding career as a Division 2 Nurse. You could find work in a variety of fields from public or private hospitals to private nursing or community health care facilities.

You will gain hands-on learning experience in our ward simulation labs as well as clinical experience through course placements.

Those who successfully complete this course may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Transition Program

Upgrade from the Certificate IV in Nursing, earlier Enrolled Nursing, or hospital based qualifications to the Diploma of Nursing by enrolling into the Diploma of Nursing Transition Program at Victoria University.


This test is designed to assess the literacy and numeracy levels of candidates applying for the Diploma of Nursing Course at Victoria University. It consists of three sections:

  1. Literacy: grammar, punctuation, spelling
  2. Numeracy: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and percentages
  3. English Writing Skills

To book a test, please fill out and submit the VUTest registration form.


Graduates of VU’s nursing courses are known in the industry for their extensive practical experience before they finish their studies. As an enrolled nurse you’ll make a positive contribution to the people you care for, and to the whole community.

Job titles

Eligible for Registration as:

  • Enrolled nurse/Division 2 nurse

Organisations employing nursing graduates

Enrolled nurses assist in the provision of acute, preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing care in hospitals, aged-care facilities, the community and other healthcare settings.


The average earnings for enrolled and mothercraft nurses in Australia is A$53,768 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Employment for enrolled and mothercraft nurses in Australia to 2016-17 is expected to grow very strongly.

If you choose a study pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing, 92% of the degree’s graduates in Australia were employed full time four months after graduation. (GradStats).

Dynamic learning

Our state-of-the-art technology allows students to participate in simulation learning in the classroom so they can practice their skills in a safe environment. Students also gain clinical experience through course placements.

Study pathways

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following Bachelor degree and in some cases receive credit for your degree:

Bachelor of Nursing

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your existing skills obtained through previous work, education and life experiences may make you eligible to receive formal recognition towards your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

This process acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through formal or informal learning. To receive RPL, your skills, training and experiences are assessed against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling. To discuss RPL for this course please contact us on +61 3 9919 6100 and ask for the course manager of this course.

Course objectives

This qualification covers the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in line with some state/territory nursing and midwifery regulatory authorities.

Units and electives

To qualify for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) participants must successfully complete a total of 26 units of study, comprising of 21 core units and 5 elective units in accordance with the packaging rules specified in HLT07 Health Training Package and the University's approval.

Core Units

Elective Units (5 required, as per the Training Package rules and the University's approval)

One of the following elective units will be selected based on clinical placement availability






Post Registration and Industry Only Electives

Admission information

  • Year 12: Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Applicants are required to sit the internal Victoria University VUTEST and an Oral Interview; OR, an external Vetassess Test and also an Oral Interview.
  • Mature: Pre selection test including VUTest or Vetassess and oral interview.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 6 July 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type).
You may wish to read our advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as Skills recognition for VE/TAFE courses and Advanced standing for HE courses).

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

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Information about course fees, articulation and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations, and services available to students can be accessed on the University’s website or by contacting the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100.