HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

VU course code: HLT54121 | Level of study: TAFE
2 years full time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Industry, St Albans, Sunshine, Werribee
08 July 2024
28 June 2024


Embark on a rewarding career as an enrolled nurse with the opportunity to work anywhere in Australia by studying the Diploma of Nursing HLT54121 at Victoria University.

This nursing course will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge to work as a nurse in the dynamic healthcare industry.

You’ll learn to provide a range of care under the supervision 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Note: this course has several compulsory admission criteria. See entry requirements below.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Covid-19 vaccination requirements

You must have your COVID-19 vaccine to complete this course, and:

  • provide evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine to undertake a placement and progress within the course
  • be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.

You must also provide the following documentation prior to placement:

  • current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • completed NDIS check
  • a satisfactory National Police Record check.
Inherent requirements

This course has inherent requirements that must be met as part of the practical and placement demands expected of a Student Enrolled Nurse. Review these requirements along with a checklist:

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 and pathways below).

Please download and save a copy to your own computer to complete:

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification, 25 units must be completed consisting of:

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:

  • 3 units from the electives listed
  • 2 units from the electives listed, elsewhere in the HLT Health Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course. These units must be relevant to the work outcome.

To register as an Enrolled Nurse, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) requires students to complete a minimum of four hundred (400) hours of practical placement.

Placement hours

Full time: 400 hours over ten weeks (40 hour shifts per week), five days per week.

Placements are typically held from Monday to Friday. However, some facilities offer placements on the weekend.


Full time: four days per week, Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm.

Please note that timetables are subject to change.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




With an increasing and ageing population, the nursing sector is anticipated to continue to grow. A Diploma of Nursing HLT54121 from Victoria University 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 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. As an enrolled nurse (previously called Division 2 nurse) you could find work in a variety of fields from public or private hospitals to private nursing or community healthcare facilities.

Potential areas of work include:

  • acute care
  • rehabilitation
  • mental health
  • aged care
  • palliative care
  • community care
  • operating theatres
  • general practice
  • home nursing
  • surgical care
  • pathology
  • paediatric care
  • maternity.

Graduates of Victoria University’s nursing courses are known in the industry for their extensive practical experience before they finish their studies.