IHNA Diploma of Nursing Course Details

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IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course
Course code : HLT54115
CRICOS Code: 093072C
Duration : 102 weeks ( 4 Semesters )
Campus : Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
School : School of Nursing
AQF Level : Level 5 - Diploma
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Become an Enrolled Nurse

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a Division 2 Enrolled Nurse (EN). Demand for ENs is increasing rapidly as the Australian health workforce expands to meet the needs of Australia's growing and aging population.

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Pathways to Success

The Diploma of Nursing is part of a continuum of career advancement and study progression in healthcare and nursing. Some students may begin with a shorter course such as a certificate so they can enter the healthcare workforce sooner and gain valuable hands on experience. When you graduate you will have the option of continuing to study at Bachelor's degree level and become a Registered Nurse (RN). Flexible study options and the option of mixed mode learning (also known as blended learning) allow you to work while you study.

Study Pathway Opportunities

This nationally accredited course gives students the essential knowledge and skills to work as an Enrolled nurse in a variety of health care settings in Australia. Students will gain hands-on learning experience in our simulated laboratories, as well as in a clinical environment through work experience placements. Those who successfully complete this course may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as an Enrolled Nurse. This course provides essential skills and knowledge to work as an Enrolled Nurse in a variety of health care settings such as: acute care, chronic care, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

After successful completion of the program the candidates may gain employment in a health or community care facility which may include a hospital, aged care, rehabilitation center, clinic, GP services, etc. as an Enrolled Nurse. Successful completion of the course enables graduates to be eligible to apply to AHPRA for registration as Enrolled Nurse. Students need to meet the eligibility criteria set by AHPRA at the time of registration.

This course will be delivered and assessed over 102 weeks (structured for four semesters) of face to face theory and lab session with candidates completing 21 weeks of professional experience placement in different care facilities. The delivery schedule of the course is as follows:

• 58 weeks of full time study (21 hours of classroom based student contact hours over 3 days)
• 21 weeks of Clinical Placement/Professional experience placement (24 hours/week)
• 15 weeks of term breaks
• 8 week of SWOT
• 4 assessment weeks

International students should have:

• A satisfactory English Proficiency: A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5 (Academic) with no band less than 6. IHNA accepts equivalent scores in OET, TOEFL iBT and PTE.
• Satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
• Must be of a minimum age of 18+ at the time of course commencement

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 4 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:

• A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate(AFP) / NCC will be required for placements.
• Complete the mandatory immunisation process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without immunisation.
• It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfil these requirements then please declare in your course application.

Face to face Delivery


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The Diploma of Nursing has a total of 25 units;

• 20 Core Units
• Five Elective Units

Core Units


Work with diverse people


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Confirm physical health status


Analyse and respond to client health information


Practice nursing within the Australian health care system


Apply communication skills in nursing practice


Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care


Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans


Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment


Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health condition


Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems


Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems


Implement and monitor care of the older person


Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units


Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice


Provide first aid


Develop work priorities


Research and apply evidence to practice


Conduct clinical assessments


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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