Diploma of Nursing HLT54115

The Diploma of Nursing offers the perfect starting point to your nursing career, and can also allow you to build on knowledge and skills gained through earlier qualifications. Upon completion of the Diploma of Nursing, you will be eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). For information registration requirement please visit the AHRPA site here.

As an enrolled nurse (formally known as a division 2 nurse) your registration will allow you to workthroughout Australia in a wide range of nursing settings. These settings include acute care (Hospitals), aged care, mental health, community settings, home care and district & home nursing services.

Clinical placements throughout the Diploma of Nursing course will be arranged for you, which will enable you to experience a number of these health care settings as part of the course.

This course is an excellent pathway into Nursing as you obtain work as an enrolled Nurse and continue to study by undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Nursing or move on to the Bachelor of Nursing at University with credits from this course.


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 including Eastern Health, Austin Health, Monash Health and Healthscope. 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 offer fee-for-service places for the Diploma of Nursing. 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.

CRICOS Course Code: 093439K

Is this course right for you?

While there aren’t any qualification prerequisite requirements to enrol in the Diploma of Nursing, we want to ensure you’re making the right choice for your career progression. We encourage you to ask questions, research the type of tasks undertaken by an Enrolled nurse, and display a passion for the industry.

Pre-Enrolment Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English Language Assessment

Prior to the commencement of the course Skills Training Australia is required to identify which NMBA English Language Pathway you will be using at the time you register as an Enrolled Nurse. You will be provided a form to complete that will determine:

If English is your primary language; OR

If you completed at least three and half (3.5) years of study (secondary, VET, Tertiary) in English in an approved country

Approved countries can be found on the AHPRA website at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

If you are not able to satisfy either of the above criteria, then you will need to evidence an IELTS (academic) band score of 7.0 (or equivalent)

Please refer to the AHPRA website for further information


Numeracy and Literacy requirements

You will need to provide evidence of successful completion of year 12 Maths and English in the past 2 years OR sit a Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) entry assessment which is conducted on site at an STA campus.

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.

Police Check and Working with Children Check

It is a mandatory requirement of the course that you undertake a Police Check and Working with Children Check. Both of these need to be clear records, and they both need to be obtained prior to your first placement block. These requirements are set as part of the terms of the placement with our preferred placement providers, and will also be a requirement of most Enrolled Nurse positions. Where a student has been identified as having a disclosable outcome, it is up to the student to contact the Nursing manager, should they wish to disclose the outcome and discuss.

Placement is a mandatory requirement of all of our courses failure to undertake placement will result in not passing the course. Obtaining these checks, and any cost associated with applying for them, is your responsibility. They need to be current and must be obtained prior to your first day of placement - they will need to be sighted by your placement supervisor and/or the manager you are reporting to. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please make a time to speak our Nursing manager.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Nursing is made up of 25 units of competency, which you will need to complete to gain the qualification and apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

400 hours of clinical placement will be arranged for you as part of your study.

Study Options

We offer three options for you to study your Diploma of Nursing, with each option giving you different lengths of study:


3 day a week – for 1.5 years (offered at the CBD campus only)

2 days a week - for 2 years (Offered at the CBD and Knox Campus)


Placement Requirements

Students must attend a total of 10 weeks of unpaid clinical placement in a range of clinical settings. This is arranged by Skills Training Australia, and provided through our clinical partners in the greater Melbourne area.

School Terms

Skills Training Australia follows the Victorian Departments of Education's school terms. Diploma of Nursing students will not be required to attend classes during school holidays.


This course is fully accredited under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). This course will also give students the option to apply for registration with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Skills Training Australia is regulated by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Advanced diploma of Nursing

Higher Education - Bachelor of Nursing pathway

Upon completion of your 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. When applying to a higher education provider, you may also be eligible to apply for some credits from your Diploma of Nursing.

Career Options

Once you have successfully completed The Diploma of Nursing course and have received your accreditation from AHPRA, you will be able to work in a broad range of nursing settings including:

Aged care facilities

Mental health services

Alcohol and Drug services

Acute care (Hospitals)

Community settings

Home Care

District and home nursing services

The Diploma of Nursing Enrolled Nursing course is made up of 25 Units


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Confirm physical health status


Comply with infection control policies and procedures


Work with diverse people


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Practice nursing within the Australian health care system


Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting


Provide first aid


Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care


Apply communication skills in nursing practice


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


Implement and monitor care of the older person


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment


Manage personal stressors in the work environment


Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems


Analyse and respond to client health information


Research and apply evidence to practice


Lead team effectiveness


Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions


Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs


Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems


Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy


Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes


Tuition Information

Skills Training Australia’s Diploma of Nursing is offered to Victorian students only.

We currently hold a contract with the Victorian State Government to offer subsidised training places to eligible individuals under the Skills First Program; numbers are limited.

You will either be assessed as a Government Subsidised Student or a Full Fee Paying Student.

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

Skills First Program

*$9,300.00 is the funded tuition fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $5.53 per hour.

Full Fee Enrolment

$19,500.00 - this cost is the full tuition fee for the course.

Approximate Skills First Program Contribution

If you are eligible for the Skills First Program, the approximate value of the contribution from the Victorian Government towards the qualification you are considering is $15570.50.

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

Additional Fees

Resources -  Skills Training Australia provides the option for students to purchase directly from JR Medical Books. Alternatively, students can be supplied with a booklist to purchase the resources from a supplier of their choosing.

JR Medical Books resource cost is $478.85 
(Price current November 2018 - subject to change).

Police Check and Working with Children Check (WWCC) –  Police checks and WWCC are required for students to conduct placement. The cost associated with checks are the responsibility of the student. Applications for both these checks will be conducted at orientation for you to submit.

Equal Opportunities

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.


Please contact 1300 656 669 for information on course information and term dates.

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