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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 State ID: AYZ3
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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.

Half-price

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 program, through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.

^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.

This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 update page.

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 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: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - English language skills (nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au)

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.

Students must: 

•    Undertake BKSB Testing, and achieve exit level score of 3  (working at level 4) in Language, Literacy and Numeracy, and  
•    Provide evidence of schooling taught and assessment in English as follows: 
 
1.    Primary Language pathway: have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America. At least 2 years of study must be between years 7-12; or 
 
2.    Extended Education Pathway: have satisfactorily completed 3 ½ years of continuous (full time equivalent) education taught and assessed in English, in any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America. This can be a combination of secondary, vocational and/or tertiary education. These studies combined with the Diploma Nursing will satisfy the total of 5 years of continuous education required by the NMBA English language requirements; or 
 
3.    English Language Test Pathway: undertake one of the following tests.
Test must have been completed within 2 years of your application 
IELTS Academic – minimum score of 7 across all categories 
OET – minimum score of B in each component 
PTE Academic – minimum score of 65 across all categories and overall 
TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94 with minimum scores as follows – listening 24, reading 24, writing 27 and speaking 23 
 
More information on acceptable tests is available from www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/registration-standards/english-language-skills.aspx

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 Certificate (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 - COVID-19, 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) Screening Test (if required) ($37)*
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) ($11)*
  • National Police Certificate - through WA Police website only ($57.60)
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check ($11)
  • WA Health Department Criminal History Record Check (no cost if applied for post Police Certificate)*
  • 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.

Please note

To protect the public from harm, registered health practitioners and education providers must report concerns about registered students. This is a legal requirement. Practitioners and and education providers only need to notify Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) when the have a 'reasonable belief' that a student has an impairment that, when undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards 2017 also require Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) delivering HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing to notify AHPRA of any student5 undertaking clinical training who has been identified as having an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
AHPRA will be advised of the names of all students undertaking the Diploma of Nursing.

Upon completion of the course and a minimum of 400 hours of work placement, graduates will need to seek registration with AHPRA to work as an enrolled nurse, or to enrol in further study to become a registered nurse. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)  has developed core registration standards that define the requirements that applicants, registrants or students.
NMBA states that with the exception of registered students and non-practising registrants, these standards apply to applicants for registration for registration and currently registered nurses and midwives. 

  • Criminal history registration standard
  • English languages skills registration standard
  • Registration standard: continuing professional development
  • Registration standard: recency of practice
  • Registration standard: professional indemnity insurance arrangements

More information can be found at Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Registration Standards (nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au)

 

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. 

Advanced Diploma of Nursing

You may consider applying to university to study to become a Registered Nurse.

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Semester 1, 2022

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2022
Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $1,550.00 $2,750.00
Concession $400.00 $1,550.00 $1,950.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822

  

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2022
Where Mount Lawley
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $1,550.00 $2,750.00
Concession $400.00 $1,550.00 $1,950.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822

  

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Semester 2, 2022

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Joondalup (McLarty Avenue)
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $1,550.00 $2,750.00
Concession $400.00 $1,550.00 $1,950.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822

  

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Mount Lawley
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $1,550.00 $2,750.00
Concession $400.00 $1,550.00 $1,950.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822

  

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Details

Ranging between 1.5 - 2.5 days per week, you will be required to undertake on campus learning on Tuesdays
(5pm-8pm) and Thursdays (9am-5pm). Depending on the semester, further online learning may be scheduled
on Tuesdays (1pm to 4pm) and/or Wednesdays (9am-12pm). 

Please note this information is subject to change due to clinical placement arrangements and identified training needs.

Duration 5 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Mount Lawley
How Combined (Online and On Campus)
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $1,505.00 $2,705.00
Concession $400.00 $1,505.00 $1,905.00

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822

  

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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