HLT51612 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)

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Course essentials

  • Offered by:
  • VU course code:
  • Location:
    Industry, St Albans and Werribee
  • Duration:
    1.5 years
  • Intake:
    2016: July
  • Fees:
    2016: A$8,400 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).

This information is for international students. View information for Australian residents

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 a Certificate, earlier Enrolled Nursing, or hospital based qualifications to HLT51612 – Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 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 HLT51612 – Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) 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)

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 +61 3 9919 6100 to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

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.

Course structure

To qualify for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) participants must successfully complete a total of twenty-six (26) units of competency, comprising of:

  • Twenty-one (21) Core Units, and;

  • Five (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

Please Note:

The following units have pre-requisite unit requirements:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status is a pre-requisite for HLTAP501C Analyse health information.

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status is a pre-requisite for HLTEN504C Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care.

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures; and
HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medication in the work environment;
are pre-requisites for HLTEN505C Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients.

HLTAP501C Analyse health information;
HLTEN509B Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice; and
HLTEN502B Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice;
are pre-requisites for HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medications in the work environment.

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes;
HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures;
HLTAP501C Analyse health information;
HLTEN505C Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients; and
HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medication in the work environment;
are pre-requisites for HLTEN519C Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment.

Admission requirements

  • Year 12: Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Applicants are required to sit the internal Victoria University VUTEST;
    an external Vetassess Test and also an Oral Interview.
  • International: International: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. (No score is to be lower than band 6.5 across any of the IELTS bands).

    Note: The IELTS requirement for Registration is 7.

  • Mature: Pre selection test including VUTest or Vetassess and oral interview.
  • Other: Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.

    Persons of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis to determine their suitability and potential for success in the course.

    Applicants who consider their capacity to qualify under normal entry provisions have been limited by some disadvantage, for example, illness, disability, economic hardship or isolation may apply to be considered as a disadvantaged person. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis to determine their suitability and potential for success in the course.

    Policy requirement: Students must comply with the Clinical Practicum Policies (see www.vu.edu.au/mclpolicy).

    Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records check prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements).

    Working with Children Check: Students must complete a working with children check prior to undertaking clinical placements).

    Health Status: Students must be prepared to declare their health and immunisation status prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements.

English language requirements

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

How to apply for this course

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

To apply for this course, you can:

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.