HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 State ID: AYZ3
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This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

Enrolled Nurses have varied and rewarding career opportunities, making a difference in the lives of the people they care for

North Metropolitan TAFE's Diploma of Nursing will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be employed as an Enrolled Nurse; such as human biology, medical terminology, medicines and how to provide care for a range of people from different backgrounds.

With our nursing qualification you'll gain skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices. 

Not only are your employment prospects high in this industry, you'll also gain satisfaction from improving the quality of peoples' lives and possibly even saving lives.
You could gain employment in hospitals, community health services, residential care, private homes (home care), clinics, medical practices and pathology services.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from January 1 2021 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing
  • Understand anatomy and physiology
  • Understand and implement infection control
  • Provide nursing care for the client
  • Understand legal and ethical parameters
  • Promote positive health
  • Understand health issues of Indigenous Australians
  • Contribute to the nutritional and mental health care of the clients

In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge in addition to the critical aspects of assessment of this course or qualification.
Our flyer (58 KB) (Word document) will help you decide if Nursing is the right career for you.  

The next part-time intake for the Diploma of Nursing will be available in Semester 2 2022.

See all of the Diploma of Nursing important details and requirements in the drop downs and tabs below.

In some cases there may be alternatives for entry. Please contact us at enquiry@nmtafe.wa.edu.au with any queries regarding entry requirements.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requires all applicants for initial registration to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration.

This registration standard sets out how an applicant for registration can demonstrate to the Board that their competency in speaking and communicating in English is sufficient to practise nursing and/or midwifery.

There are three (3) pathways that may be used in the demonstration of English language competence for registration, which must also be demonstrated prior to commencing the course, including:

  • Primary Language Pathway
  • English Language Test Pathway, or
  • Extended Education Pathway

The Primary Language Pathway - satisfactory completion at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.

Extended Education Pathway - at least five years continuous (full time equivalent) combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the recognised countries.

English Language Test Pathway - you will need to take an approved English language test to demonstrate that you meet the standard through if you are not able to meet the requirements of either the Primary Language or Extended Education Pathway.

Please see the NMBA website for further detail: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/News/2018-10-24-revised-esl-standards.aspx(opens in a new tab)

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Please note that prior to enrolment you will need to undertake a pre entry assessment, to ensure you have an appropriate numeracy and literacy background. Please view the pre-enrolment requirements below. 

Pre-enrolment Requirements

Entry to the Diploma of Nursing is very competitive.
If you are considering a career in (enrolled) nursing and wondering what subjects you should choose at school or what the prerequisites are for getting into a nursing course, see the information below.

All applicants are required to sit the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) Literacy & Numeracy assessment and meet the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia's English language standards in order to be considered. Details of the BKSB sessions will be sent to you once you apply online.
A BKSB Support Skill Set(opens in a new tab) is available if you think you need help preparing for the BKSB literacy and numeracy assessment.

School-aged applicants (educated in Australia)

If you wish to study nursing at TAFE you will need:

  • A pass in year 12 English and maths. Though not a prerequisite, a science (e.g. human biology) might also be a good subject to choose.
  • Attainment of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent from another Australian State if not from Western Australia.
Mature-aged applicants (educated in Australia)
  • Completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of secondary, tertiary and/or vocational education (or a combination thereof)
All other applicants (educated in an English speaking country)

If you were not educated in Australia, you must provide evidence of:

  • Being taught and assessed in English in any of the following recognised countries: Canada; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; and United States of America.
  • Completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of secondary, tertiary and/or vocational education (or a combination thereof) in above recognised country.
All other applicants (educated in a non-English speaking country)

If you were educated in a non-English speaking country you will need to sit a board-approved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and achieve a minimum score of seven (7) in each of the four components, or Occupational English Test (OET) and achieve a minimum score of 'B' in each of the four components.
You may also use
PTE test results of a minimum overall score of 65 in each of the 4 communication skills or
TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 as well as at least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking
More information on acceptable tests is available from www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au(opens in a new tab)

Test results will only be accepted as a course entry prerequisite if they were obtained:

  • Within two (2) years before the date you lodge your application for registration.


  • For test results older than two (2) years, you can still apply if you have been continuously enrolled in a board-approved program of study.

In some cases there may be alternatives for entry. Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the requirements or if you have any questions.

As part of this course you are required to complete a clinical work placement arranged/negotiated by the North Metropolitan TAFE. It is an industry requirement for you to achieve and successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours work placement. You will be provided with forms and a clinical placement book to record your placement.

Please note you will be required to:

  • Complete a satisfactory Working with Children check/National Police Clearance (NPC) and Department of Health criminal check prior to placement.
  • Complete a fitness to practice medical form and any immunisations/vaccinations required.
  • Travel to an appropriate Health facility to complete clinical placement.
  • Attend clinical placement across a seven (7) day week, which may include weekends and public holidays.
  • Carry out shift work including a combination of morning, afternoon and night shifts.

Please note there are additional costs to pay when enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing:

  • you will have text books to purchase and details of these will be provided at orientation.
  • you may be required to complete a health check (approx. $200)*
  • you may require immunisations and/or provide evidence of vaccinations - Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) record of vaccination (cost will vary depending on your doctor and what vaccinations are needed)*
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) ($37)*
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) ($11)*
  • National Police Clearance - through Australia Post, best to apply for this first*
  • WA Health Department Criminal History Record Check (no cost if applied for post Police Clearance)*
  • Uniform – Scrub Top and Pants ($70.50 per set) and closed in slip resistant shoes ($79.90).  Details of these will be given at orientation.

*Costs for vaccinations and clearances may vary.

Registration is required. Further information on registration is available at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

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.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

North Metropolitan TAFE offers you a range of further study opportunities, see below for a list of related courses or you may wish to apply to university to study to become a Registered Nurse.

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees until 31 December 2025. The “annual fees cap” means that full-fee paying students will only pay a maximum of $1,200 (plus resource fee) and concession-fee paying students or those aged 15-24 years will only pay up to $400 (plus resource fee). Please see below an approximate estimate of what you will pay on enrolment.


With Lower fees, local skills - Annual Full fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
$1,200.00 $1,460.00 $2,660.00


With Lower fees, local skills - Annual Concession fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
$400.00 $1,460.00 $1860.00


These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.

  • Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
  • Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester.
  • Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible. 
  • For secondary school aged persons (in 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
  • The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
  • VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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