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).
Free TAFE 2020
A limited number of eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2020.
Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.
Find out more about Free TAFE.
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.
Full time: four days per week, Monday to Thursday, 9am – 4pm.
Please note that timetables are subject to change.
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). 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.
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.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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.
In order to be admitted into the course, students must achieve the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level three (3) for Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN). In addition to the LLN test, students will be required to undertake a face to face interview and complete a written and calculations test.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. Proof of this English language competency can be achieved via one (1) of the following three (3) pathways:
1. Primary Language Pathway
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their primary language is English and they have satisfactorily completed at least six (6) 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 (2) years between years 7 and 12.
2. Extended Education Pathway
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English, in any of the recognised countries. The five (5) years must include evidence of a minimum of one (1) year full-time equivalent study towards your vocational qualification (The Diploma of Nursing) which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.
Victoria University Polytechnic will only accept the completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education that is a combination of:
- vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English, or;
- tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English, or;
- combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English, or;
- tertiary education taught and assessed in English.
NOTE: The five (5) years referred to in the section above must include evidence of a minimum of one (1) year fulltime equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries.
This means you can use your 24 month (2 year) program of study completed at VUP (Diploma of Nursing course) as evidence towards the total requirement of five (5) years.
3. English Language Test Pathway
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the required minimum scores in one (1) of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in NMBA’s English language skills registration standard:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0), or;
- OET: minimum score of B in each of the four bands, or;
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking) and no score in any of the sections is below: 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing, and 20 for speaking), or;
- PTE (Pearson Test of English): minimum score of 65 each of the four (4) communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking, and no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58).
In addition to the above requirements, for placement, all students must have or be able to apply for:
- A current Working with Children Check (WWCC);
- A satisfactory Police Record check, and;
- A Health Status check (immunisations status) are required for clinical placement purposes.
These may be obtained post entry into the course but prior to first placement.
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.
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.