Diploma of Nursing

When people are ill, they’re at their most vulnerable, and often look to professionals for help. That’s where nurses come in, because there’s no better feeling than helping people in their hardest times.

By studying a Diploma of Nursing, you’ll gain advanced skills to work in the modern healthcare environment, performing clinical assessments, looking after people with complex needs, monitoring and administering medications, and applying theory and findings to your practice.

Taught on campus, you’ll be guided by our expert teachers who will support your learning every step of the way, increasing your confidence and giving you a head start when it comes to employment.

Past student Stephanie talks about her experience in nursing and studying with us

Introducing Sherryl, one of our Nursing teachers

At the end of this course, you can find yourself working in a number of settings, such as aged care, acute surgical and medical wards, mental health, rehabilitation and community health. Your pathway is entirely up to you, there really are no limits!

And if you want to take your studies further, you can! Why not study a Bachelor of Nursing (offered at Federation University), or a Bachelor of Paramedical Science (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). Both these courses will give you specialised skills and enhance your employment opportunities while you continue working in an industry you love.

There has never been a more important time to provide care for those experiencing illness, and this course will help set you up to do just that.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued with a certificate of completion from TAFE Gippsland as the registered training organisation.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Course Code

HLT54121

Course Type

Accredited Course

Free TAFE

JobTrainer

Study mode

On Campus

Duration

18 months

Location

Bairnsdale

Leongatha

Morwell

Warragul

Times

Intake Times
Leongatha 10/10/2022 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm
Warragul: 13/2/2023 Monday 9:30am–3:30pm, Tuesday 9:30am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:30am–3:30pm, Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Bairnsdale: 14/2/2023 Tuesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm, Friday 9:00am–3:30pm
Leongatha: 24/4/2023 Monday 9:00am–3:30pm, Tuesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm
Morwell (Part time): 26/4/2023 Wednesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm, Friday 9:00am–3:30pm
Bairnsdale: 10/7/2023 Monday 9:00am–3:30pm, Tuesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm
Morwell: 10/7/2023 Monday 9:00am–3:30pm, Tuesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:00am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:00am–3:30pm
Warragul: 11/7/2023 Tuesday 9:30am–3:30pm, Wednesday 9:30am–3:30pm, Thursday 9:30am–3:30pm, Friday 9:30am–3:30pm

Career opportunities

This qualification reflects the role of an Enrolled Nurse working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings. This may include but not limited to nursing work in hospitals, aged care, community centres, district nursing, schools, mental health and medical clinics.

Opportunities for further study

  • You will gain 120 credit points (equivalent to 1 year) in the HN5 Bachelor of Nursing (Federation University)
  • Bachelor of Paramedical Science (not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Nursing.

Placement

Placement break down for the full time program includes;

  • 2 weeks Aged care - completed in semester 1 - (80 hours )
  • 3 weeks Acute (120 hours) and 1 week Community (40 hours)in semester 2
  • 2 weeks Mental Health (80 hours)  and 2 weeks IV / Medications (80 hours) in semester 3

This totals 10 weeks full time of a minimum of 400 mandatory placement hours, where the student will be working morning or afternoon shifts (of 8 hours duration) rostered between Monday to Sunday. The student will be fully supervised and supported when caring for patients over the course of the clinical placement. Practical placement will be arranged by the TAFE Gippsland placement co-coordinator
Travel will be required to attend the allocated placements which occur across the wider Gippsland region. Discounted accommodation may be available, through the placement facilities, for students attending placements, who are required to travel distances to placement.

Days of the week:

Monday to Sunday including 10 days of 8 hours duration and a maximum of 80 hours per fortnight, consisting of morning (07:00-15:30) or afternoon (13:00-21:30) shifts. This will depend on rosters supplied by the Health Care Facility providing the placement.

Students must be able to attend clinical placement when scheduled and as per the facility roster.

Time of the year (estimate):

Placement break down for the full time program includes;

  • 2 weeks Aged care - towards the end of Semester 1 (week 16-18)
  • 3 weeks Acute and 1 week Community towards the end of semester 2 (week 36-40)
  • 2 weeks Mental Health and 2 weeks IV / Medications  towards the end of semester 3 (week  56-60)
Other requirements:
TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND ANY CLINICAL PLACEMENT THE STUDENT MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
A completed immunisation history and serology of the Immunisations as per the TAFE Gippsland's immunisation record. These Vaccinations and related serology's MUST be up to date and proof provided to TAFE Gippsland a minimum of 8 weeks prior to any placements:
These are completed at an additional cost to the student as charged by medical clinic
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Polio
  • Hep B
  • Flu Vax (Vaccine to be dated in the year of placement)
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations / boosters
  • mask fit testing

NOTE: A clear police and WWCC check is required for clinical placements

Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  1. Must be 18 years of age or over - Mature age or Year 12 entry
  2. Provide proof of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English Language Skills Registration Standards requirements prior to enrolment into the Diploma of Nursing (see below)
  3. Meet NMBA Criminal History Registration Standard
  4. Prospective student to complete online application form
  5. Minimum ACSF level 4 in all levels
  6. Attend and be successful in a group (4 applicants per group) interview.
  7. Provide Police Check in each year of placement without disclosures (convictions or non convictions)
  8. Provide a Working with Children's Check without disclosures
  9. Must be able to attend the full time course 3-4 days per week or part time 2-3 days per week, on campus as per the timetable
  10. Must complete vaccination protocol including COVID 19 Vaccinations/boosters
  11. Must meet the inherent requirements of the nursing industry including being physically fit as clinical Labs and placement require a certain degree of physical fitness where the student will be standing for long periods, bending and using manual handling equipment

As per proof on English, students must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English Language Skills Registration Standards PRIOR to admission into the Diploma of Nursing. Please review the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard here

English Language Skills must be demonstrated in ONE of the following ways:

  1. IF ENGLISH IS YOUR PRIMARY LANGUAGE: the student will need to provide evidence of 6 years of schooling conducted and assessed in English, with a minimum of 2 years at a secondary level, from the approved countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa , United Kingdom, United States of America).
    The evidence can be school reports, a letter from your school for the 6 years of schooling, or a letter from the education department stating your 6 years of schooling, or a combination of the evidence.
  2. IF ENGLISH IS YOUR SECOND LANGUAGE: you must successfully complete an English Language Skills test to the specified levels. These tests must be completed no less than 2 years prior to enrolment

ELS APPROVED TESTS:

NOTE: accept test results must be:

  • i. from one test sitting, or
  • ii. a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only with the following results:

Demonstrated achievement of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests:

a. IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

  • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

b. OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE: accept test results:

  • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any component of the test is below C.

c. PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE: accept test results:

  • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
  • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
  • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58

d. TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for listening,
  • 24 for reading,
  • 27 for writing, and
  • 23 for speaking.

ELS evidence is ONLY accepted from the following

  1. School reports or transcripts,
  2. Letter from school attended
  3. Letter from Education Department
    Students must meet the NMBA Criminal History Registration standard to be registered at course completion. This can be reviewed here
Limitations to entry:

Any condition that prevents the student from being able to perform in the role of a nursing student and subsequent nurse. This includes being able to be on their feet for long periods to provide patient care and work in the job role.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.

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