Embark on a rewarding career as an enrolled nurse with the opportunity to work anywhere in Australia with the Diploma of Nursing.
This course provides the foundational skills and knowledge to work as a nurse in the dynamic healthcare industry.
You’ll learn to provide acute, preventative, curative and rehabilitative care under the direction of a registered nurse. You will gain hands-on learning experience in our ward simulation labs as well as clinical experience through 400 hours of practical placements.
You will become knowledgeable in topics including:
- medication administration
- anatomy and physiology
- infection control
- intravenous injections
- general nursing.
This course equips you with the skills, competencies and knowledge to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).
English-language skills declaration
You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard (see Admissions & pathways below). Please download and save a copy to your own computer to complete: Diploma of Nursing NMBA English-language skills student declaration.
Victoria University Polytechnic has the latest technology that allows you to practice your skills in a safe environment.
We have three fully functional nursing laboratories and an in-hospital simulation laboratory. You’ll use cutting-edge interactive mannequin technology designed to simulate the treatment of patients in a real-world environment.
Our simulation labs also offer video recording from fixed cameras with live video streaming capabilities for greater interactive learning.
Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world.
You will undertake 400 hours of clinical training across 4 separate placements during your course. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience the true nature and challenges of contemporary nursing practice. You will work and learn the spectrum of nursing specialities alongside expert clinicians. You’ll enjoy a positive and supportive clinical learning environment.
Please note: placements may be in either a metropolitan or regional area.
Full time: 400 hours over ten weeks (40 hour shifts per week), five days per week.
Placements are typically held on Monday to Friday, however depending on the facility, placements can occur on the weekend.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in nursing
With an increasing and ageing population, the nursing sector is anticipated to continue to grow. A Diploma of Nursing from Victoria University Polytechnic can help you launch a career in an industry where you’ll make a positive contribution to the people you care for, and the wider community. This course provides a pathway to many exciting and rewarding career options within the healthcare industry.
On completion, you will have the skills, competencies and knowledge to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA). As an enrolled nurse (in the past you might have heard it called 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.
Potential areas of work include:
- acute care
- mental health
- aged care
- palliative care
- community care
- operating theatres
- general practice
- home nursing
- surgical care
- paediatric care
Graduates of Victoria University Polytechnic and Victoria University’s nursing courses are known in the industry for their extensive practical experience before they finish their studies.
To be awarded HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, consisting of:
twenty (20) core units, and;
five (5) elective units, of which:
at least three (3) units from the electives listed within the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification;
up to two (2) units from any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under supervision of a registered nurse. This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units.
A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is able to apply for registration with the NMBA as an enrolled nurse. Further information on registration is available at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
*All applicants must complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (LLN). VU Polytechnic use the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) tool for this assessment and applicants must achieve level four (4) in both literacy and numeracy. Applicants who complete the ACSF assessment tool must achieve a minimum exit level three (3) for both Literacy and Numeracy.
*All applicants will be required to undertake an interview and complete a language and calculations test.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:
You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.
You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.
Find out more about our study pathways to VU
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.