Course essentials

Offered by:
VU course code:
HLT54115
Location:
Duration:
2 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
092570D
Fees:
2018: A$9,200 per semester
Additional resources may need to be purchased in order to successfully complete this course, including text books, nursing uniforms and a stethoscope (A$1,040).

Embark on a rewarding career as an Enrolled Nurse that can work anywhere in Australia with a 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).

On successful completion, you can choose to pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing with a year (8 credits) granted. Find out more about pathways and credits.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Careers

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

  • Enrolled Nursing

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.

Salaries

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.

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 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course objectives

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.

Course structure

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 Victoria Polytechnic.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Imported

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.

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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • International: International applicants applying to study in:
    - Semester 1, 2018 must attain an IELTS level of 6.5 across ALL bands
    - Semester 2, 2018 must attain an IELTS level of 7.0 across ALL bands.

    Please note: to apply and register with the Nurses Board applicants will require an IELTS level of 7.0 across all bands.

  • Other: Applicants must have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

    Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment as well as participate in a group interview to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

    For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.

    The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
    • Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
    • WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

    Students are required to be at least 18 years of age on their first placement.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

Direct online applicationFind an education agent

If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.