Advanced Diploma of Nursing HLT64115

CRICOS Course Code: 092718M

The Advanced Diploma of Nursing is designed for Enrolled/Division 2 nurses who hold a Diploma of Nursing and who are currently working. This course will equip you with advanced skills and knowledge in client assessment, care and management across a wide range of health care settings.

At this level, enrolled nurses integrate and adapt specialised, technical and theoretical knowledge to address a diverse range of clinical situations and challenges in their area of specialisation. They contribute to the continuous improvement of clinical practice using research and participation in broader organisational quality processes. Enrolled nurses retain responsibility for their own actions while remaining accountable to the Registered Nurse/Midwife for all delegated functions.

Skills Training Australia's Advanced Diploma of Nursing has been developed in consultation with industry professionals, and is delivered by experienced nursing care trainers.

Why Study at Skills Training Australia?:


  • We have some of the best placement partnerships in Victoria

We have placement agreements with some of the best public and private hospital and health care organisations in the state. We arrange all of your placement hours within the metropolitan area of Melbourne or regional areas of Victoria. 

Please note: any necessary travel and/or accommodation requirements are borne by the student.

 Our campus locations make studying near home easier

We have a long established campus in Knox and a new campus in the Melbourne CBD, a short walk from Southern Cross Station and Flagstaff Station.


  • Our fees are highly competitive for comparable quality courses

We provide fee-for-service places for the Advanced Diploma of Nursing. From 2019, Victorian Government subsidised places through the Skills First Program are also available for eligible student. Please speak to one of our Business Development Team Members for more information.


  • Regular course Intakes are available throughout the year

We offer regular course intakes throughout the year. All of our training courses are delivered during school terms to accommodate all lifestyles.


  • Our staff are passionate about nursing

All of our trainers are currently working in the health/nursing industry. This ensures that we are always up to date with current practice and procedure. You will be safe knowing that you are receiving the best and most relevant education possible in the health care field.


  • Our modern campuses are designed around our students

We focus on your success while you study with us, providing comfortable, uncrowded training spaces, and dedicated assistance during your course.


To gain entry into the Advanced Diploma of Nursing, a candidate must be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and hold a Diploma of Nursing or equivalent.

Numeracy and Literacy Requirements

All learners applying for a training place will already hold a Diploma of Nursing, have evidenced to AHPRA an IELTS equivalent of 7.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and will have met the numeracy requirements for an Enrolled Nurse. As such, their diploma qualification and evidence of current registration will meet the LL&N requirement for entry.

A Pre-Training Review will be conducted to assess prior education, knowledge and industry experience as well as confirm the above LL&N requirement. This is designed to ensure that students have the characteristics to achieve the required rigour and depth of training, and can realistically meet all of the competency requirements.

Is this course right for you?

The Advanced Diploma of Nursing is for enrolled nurses who hold a current registration and are working in a health care setting as an enrolled nurse. You would be seeking to further develop skills and knowledge in client assessment, care and management in specialised areas. You will have a passion and keen desire to continue working in the nursing profession. Individuals involved in this type of work need the physical capacity to deal with personal care, and must demonstrate genuine compassion and empathy towards others.

Enrolled Nurses holding the Advanced Diploma of Nursing may:

  • • be employed in areas of specialisation
    • assist with the initial and ongoing health assessments and the continued maintenance of patients' health
    • observe, measure and record patients' conditions (e.g. their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels)
    • report changes in patients' conditions
    • attend to patients' hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
    • assist patients with meals when required
    • assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programs
    • assist in the care of wounds
    • assist in emergency situations
    • assist in providing education on health and lifestyle issues
    • maintain a safe environment for patients and assist with the prevention of injuries

Police Check and Working with Children Checks

It is a mandatory requirement that the individual holds a clear Police Check and Working with Children Check.

Student Entry Procedure - for eligible students electing to access VET Student Loans 

All students wishing to apply for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan must be assessed for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification.

This academic assessment is in addition to any entry requirements that may be required for the specific course a student wishes to undertake.

The student must:

  • provide a copy of the individual's senior secondary certificate of education from an Australian agency; OR
  • provide evidence of attainment of an Australian Qualification Framework qualification at certificate 4 or above; OR
  • undertake an approved reading and numeracy assessment and meet the required standard. The assessment tool used is VETASSESS and the student must attain a minimum of ACSF Exit Level 3 in both reading and numeracy.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements

A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid

For more information, please refer to our VET Student Loans page.


Course Structure

To obtain the Advanced Diploma of Nursing qualification, students must complete 10 units.

The course is delivered in a classroom setting:

1 day a week for 2 terms (acute care stream)
1 day a month for 4 terms (aged care and individual support work stream)

Course delivery will incorporate both theory and practical application within the Clinical Lab, and will focus on all practical requirements of Enrolled Nursing in the specialised area.

There are 2 'specialisation streams' offered:

Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Acute care)
Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Aged care and individual support work)

Delivery Locations

This program can be delivered via classroom training at both our Melbourne CBD and Knox campuses. Students also have the opportunity to undertake training at their place of employment.

Placement Requirements

Students are expected to implement learned knowledge and skill in the workplace during their usual employment; a workplace sign-off will be required from the employer to confirm this has occurred. Where students are unable to achieve sign off in the workplace (e.g. patient acuity), a 40-hour work placement will be required in which to obtain the workplace sign off. Skills Training Australia will source these placements to ensure the outcomes of the placement and assessment are met.

Higher Education - Bachelor of Nursing pathway

Upon completion of your Advanced Diploma of Nursing with Skills Training Australia, you will be able to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing through any university or higher education provider offering this program.

Career Options

Once you have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma of Nursing course, you will be able to work as an Enrolled Nurse in a broad range of nursing setting including:

Aged Care facilities

Mental health

Acute care

Community settings

The Advanced Diploma of Nursing is made up of 10 units

Your available elective units will vary, depending on your chosen specialisation, i.e. Acute, Aged care and individual support work

HLTENN020     Conduct clinical assessments

HLTENN033     Research and report on nursing trends and practice

HLTENN034     Contribute to the improvement of clinical practice

HLTENN007     Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy

HLTENN010     Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice

HLTENN017     Apply nursing practice in the orthopaedic care setting

HLTENN018     Apply nursing practice in the rehabilitation care setting

HLTENN023     Apply nursing practice in the respiratory care setting

HLTENN024     Apply nursing in the cardiovascular care setting

HLTENN025     Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

HLTENN029     Apply nursing practice in the contemporary aged care setting

CHCAGE005    Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCDIS010      Provide person centred services to people with disability and complex needs

CHCMGT003    Lead the work team

CHCCSM002    Implement case management practice


Tuition Information
All of our quoted costs for the Advanced Diploma of Nursing HLT64115 include materials, resources and enrolment costs. The only additional cost will be for a current Police Check and Working with Children Check which you will need to apply for separately prior to going on placement.

From 2019, Skills Training Australia is approved to offer subsidied training to eligible individuals under the Skills First Program; numbers are limited.

Please find below the course tuition fees applicable to the Advanced Diploma of Nursing:

"The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment"

Skills First Program

*$2,200.00 is the funded tuition fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to:
Acute stream: $3.93 per hour.
Ageing Stream: $3.17 per hour

Full Fee Enrolment

$9000.00 - This cost is the full fee for the course.

Approximate Skills First Program Contribution

If you are eligible for the Skills First Program in 2019, the approximate value of the contribution from the Victorian Government towards the qualification you are considering is $5491.00.

*Skills Training Australia may use both State and Federal funding, eligibility criteria does apply

Equal Opportunity
Skills Training Australia is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to providing training opportunities for all people. We actively encourage potential students from disadvantaged groups to apply for training opportunities with us. We would especially encourage people with an Aboriginal background, students who do not have English as their primary language and mature aged students.

For more information about our fees please see our Fees and Funding page.


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