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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54115 | State ID: AYZ3

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.

Gain these skills

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
Is this course right for me?

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 will help you decide if Nursing is the right career for you.  

Part-time study option may be available depending on numbers

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

To apply for the Diploma of Nursing part-time please contact NMTAFE Nursing for further instructions.

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

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) language skills registration standard (2019)

The NMBA has recently released information regarding a revision to the current English language skills registration standard released in 2015, for nurses seeking registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) at the conclusion of their Diploma of Nursing studies.

There are three (3) pathways that may be used in the demonstration of English language competence at registration.

• Primary Language Pathway

• English Language Test Pathway, or

• Extended Education Pathway

The existing requirement for registration using the Extended Education Pathway – enrolled nurses, is to have completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) education in English within one of the recognised countries. As of March 2019, evidence of education is required to be continuous education over the five (5) years full-time equivalent period, which must be completed within a 7 year time frame. This allows for part time study to still meet the requirement.

This can include the Board approved qualification of the Diploma of Nursing. If you do not meet the above requirement and decide to proceed to enrol into the Diploma of Nursing qualification, you may be deemed not to meet the new NMBA registration requirements on seeking registration. You may then be required to undertake a recognised English language test, (IELTS, OET, PTE or TOEFL iBT).

Please see the NMBA website for further detail: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/News/2018-10-24-revised-esl-standards.aspx

 




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Entrance Requirements

Prerequisites

Work placement

Important information

Job opportunities

Further study

How to apply

Entrance Requirements
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
Prerequisites

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. Students will be notified when they are scheduled to attend with their test time and location.

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

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.

OR

  • 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.

Work placement

As part of this course you are required to complete a clincial 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.
Important information

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 ($52)
  • WA Health Department Criminal History Record Check ($33, or 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.
Job opportunities

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. 

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Further study

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.

How to apply
On campus (full-time)

To apply to study on campus (full-time) through TAFE Admissions please go to tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au 

Other study types

For all other study types eg part-time or online visit our Apply and Enrol page.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

To commence an apprenticeship or traineeship, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study, head to our Apprenticeships and traineeships page for more details.

International students

International students should contact www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au 

Delivery location, important dates and study options

Semester 1, 2020

Joondalup (McLarty Avenue) - On Campus

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Duration 3 semester/s
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Mount Lawley - On Campus

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Duration 3 semester/s
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Mount Lawley - On Campus Part-time

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Duration 5 semester/s
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Semester 1, 2019

Mount Lawley - On Campus - Term 2 Intake

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Mount Lawley - On Campus - Term 2 Intake Commercial

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Duration 12 months
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Semester 2, 2019

Joondalup (McLarty Avenue) - On Campus

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Duration 3 semester/s
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Mount Lawley - On Campus

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Mount Lawley - On Campus - Term 4 Intake

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Mount Lawley - On Campus - Term 4 Intake Commercial

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Mount Lawley - On Campus- Part time

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Course enquiry

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Page last updated November 08, 2019