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HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing | International Students


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Qualification Code : HLT54115 Qualification Name : HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing
Duration :102 weeks (4 semesters) Volume of Learning : 2 years Amount of Training : 1695 hours
AQF Level :Level 5 – Diploma Course Delivery : Face-to-Face Mode
RTO ID :21985 Campus : Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney
CRICOS Code :093072C Fees : Click here for more details
Organisation delivering the program : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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If you are you looking for a career in Nursing, love providing care to people and offering your support to those who need it; then this HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing is the right choice for you.

Studying the HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing will prepare you to enter the healthcare industry as an Enrolled Nurse under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, and it will open many job opportunities for you as thousands of jobs are expected to open over the next five years. More here

Our HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing sheds light on important health, technical, interpersonal and clinical skills, as well as the knowledge needed to practice nursing within the Australian healthcare system. This course is delivered over 102 weeks, which gives you the chance to comprehend the amount of information given in the HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing.


The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery. It would be delivered over 1695 hours including theory (20 contact hours per week at an IHNA campus), self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training (420 hours) and at least 480 hours of work based training / professional experience placement (PEP) over four semesters.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation.


Each semester will have a Professional Experience Placements component which may be conducted based on the relevant semester in an aged care facility/GP Clinic/Mental Health Facility/Sub Acute Facility/Acute Facility.

The Professional Experience Placements will be 5 days a week. Students may be allocated a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) shifts. Morning shifts usually start at 7 am and evening shifts can finish at 10.30pm. Each shift is 8.5 hours long (including 30 mins meal break). Students must attend as per schedule; no special arrangements or changes will be made on the allocated placements. PEPs may be cancelled without prior notice by the facility.

The PEP will be arranged by IHNA. We DO NOT guarantee that the PEP venue will be close to your suburb. It can be anywhere in Australia. Students must be ready to travel and stay anywhere in Australia for the PEP at their own cost.

Upon successful completion of the HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing, you will meet one of the requirements to apply for your registration as an enrolled nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Students who have not completed Year 12 in Australia, may need to have an English Language testing required. Please refer to the AHPRA website to know the current requirements for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Click here to view the current English language skills registration standard.


It enables graduates to practice nursing in a variety of areas including acute care, medical, surgical, general, rehabilitation, palliative care, operating theatres, paediatric, community, mental health or aged care settings in Australia under the supervision and direction of the Registered Nurse.

This course may have pathways to further studies such as:

  • Advanced Diploma of Nursing;
  • Bachelor of Nursing;
  • Bachelor of Midwifery.

Prepare for direct entry to Year 2 of Bachelor of nursing. Learn pathophysiology and pharmacology by building your human bioscience knowledge before you start university

On completion of the course, the graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession and the development of the delivery of healthcare by nurses as health professionals;
  • discuss the importance and application of legislation, regulations and legal precedent to enrolled nurse practice;
  • practise in a safe and culturally competent manner by adhering to the Enrolled Nurse Standards for Practice;
  • recognise the accountability and responsibility of self and other health team members in the provision of nursing care in the area of practice;
  • demonstrate critical thinking in the delivery of specific services;
  • formulate and implement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments;
  • provide holistic nursing care to support the healthcare needs of clients in all age groups and health conditions as applicable;
  • acknowledge cultural competence and team contribution as a basis for effective workplace and professional relationships;
  • understand the importance of nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice guidelines to nursing practice;
  • participate in ongoing education programs to ensure quality improvement practices in own scope of care;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of healthcare settings;
  • comply with nursing documentation requirements within own scope of practice;
  • provide nursing care for clients with complex care needs including safe medication administration within the scope of enrolled nurse practice.

IHNA has partnered with Edith Cowan University to build pathways into our School of Nursing, and open the chance for students to further their education.

Visit the ECU website for further details.

Get a direct entry into the second year of ECU’s Bachelors of Science (Nursing)


For more information, please contact our admission consultants on 1800 22 52 83


Career Outcomes

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.



There are no pre-requisites or any other training package entry requirements for this course.


IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘International Students Admission Policy and Procedure’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

  • Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACER 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).
  • From 1 July 2018 all students that would be required by the NMBA to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating achievement of the NMBA specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program as below:
    • Has attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, including at least two years between years 7 and 12
      • [NB: At the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate: the applicant will have completed an NMBA approved Enrolled Nurse program and will therefore have a qualification that has been taught and assessed solely in English.]


    • At the time of applying for NMBA registration as a program graduate, the applicant will be able to demonstrate having completed 5 years (full time equivalent) of studies taught and assessed in English – that includes a combination of secondary, vocational or tertiary studies (or tertiary education alone) and evidence of a minimum of one year fulltime equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body  in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
    • Has formal English language test score results showing:
      • an IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • achieved a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
          • achieved a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5.


      • an OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).NOTE:
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • was tested in all four components in each sitting, and
          • achieved a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below C.


      • a PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).NOTE:
        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
          • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58


      • a TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
        • 24 for listening,
        • 24 for reading,
        • 27 for writing, and
        • 23 for speaking.

        Only accepting test results:

        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
          • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any of the sections is below:
            • 20 for listening
            • 19 for reading
            • 24 for writing, and
            • 20 for speaking


      • other English language test approved by the NMBA as published on the Board’s website with the required minimum scores

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate(AFP) / NCC will be required for all practical placements.
  • Students must complete the immunization process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without Immunisation.
  • Current Working with Children Check

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.



While IHNA will work with you to make “reasonable adjustments” 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 adjustments. Our courses cater to a range of candidates. The candidates are required to be physically fit to manage tasks.

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 or disorder or on any longer medications that will require reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements, then please declare in your course application.

IHNA requires all enrolling students to have the below learning resources that will support their learning process.

Mandatory Textbook

Students must purchase this prescribed textbook as mentioned below.

Semester 1 :

1. Ross & Wilson Anatomy & Physiology Value Pack (incl workbook/colouring book) 12th edition

2. Tabbner’s Nursing Care : Theory and Practice 7th Ed Oct 2016 – Gabby

Semester 3 :

1. Nursing Calculations 9th Ed 2016

2. McKenna: Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy ANZ, ed 2013


IHNA has a computer lab with computers that can be accessed during working hours. Students must have a personal computer and access to internet to access all learning resources, online library, assessments, communicate with educators, fellow students, support services etc.

All students must have a basic computer knowledge and skills.

Assessment strategies are implemented for collecting evidence and making judgements about whether competency has been achieved by the learner.

The assessments confirm whether an individual can perform to the standards expected in the workplace, as expressed in the relevant endorsed unit of competency.

Assessment tools used include :

  • Theory Assessments (TA)
  • Unit Examination
  • Project
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Book

The HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing has a total of 25 units;

  • 20 Core Units
  • 5 Elective Units


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001 Practice nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health condition
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care


HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships

The total tuition cost for International students for the HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing

State Fees
Victoria AUD $30,000
Western Australia AUD $30,000
New South Wales AUD $30,000

We have three campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney:


Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus

597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights, Victoria 3081 Australia

Perth Campus

Level 4, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia

Sydney Campus

Level 7, 33 Argyle Street,Parramatta,
NSW 2150 Australia

Melbourne Heidelberg Campus ( Face to Face )

July Intake : Wednesday to Friday 8.30 AM to 1.30 PM.
October Intake : Wednesday to Friday 1.30 PM to 6.30 PM.

Perth Campus

Mondays and Tuesdays

Sydney Campus ( February, April and October Intakes )

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Sydney Campus ( July Intake )

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday


Melbourne (Heidelberg)

Face to Face

Feb 3, 2020
Apr 6, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020

Sydney (Parramatta)

Face to Face

Oct 7, 2019
Feb 3, 2020
Apr 8, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face

Oct 16, 2019
Feb 12, 2020
Apr 8, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Feb 15, 2021

How To Apply?

The application process involves 5 steps:

application >> interview (plus Language, Literacy and Numeracy) >> offer letter >> payment >> and confirmation of enrolment.

Applicants must successfully complete each stage in order to enrol, Applicants can submit their initial application online by clicking ‘Apply Online’ button.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us on 1800 22 52 83 .

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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What our students say

Adam Gardoll

I am currently in semester 3 for Endorsed Enrolled Nursing. Since I started I have noticed IHNA have come a long way. They do take on board feedback and are always looking to improve in all aspects. They are also holding events like sports fest which I thoroughly enjoyed, and wished it was something they would have more regularly. The staff in my opinion are all supportive and friendly and I am enjoying my studies here. I would also like to say that the lab at IHNA Parramatta has improved greatly since I started and is a good place to practice simulation

Sazh Thapa

Life is a bundle of different experiences, both good and bad, from our birth to the end. People get asked different variations of the same question:

“What has been your best experience?” in life. People may have answered the same question with various answers. For instance, birthday parties, winning games, special occasions, and certain programs, while some others finds that their experience as being parents was the most rewarding one they have had. Personally though, I consider my time in college as my most valuable experience.

Being an international student, I had many options to apply for my college or university. I am also a student who is always concerned about the quality of studies and programs. This reason made me search for different colleges and universities. Finally I ended up with IHNA [Institute of Health and Nursing Australia], one of Australia’s premier providers of quality education and training. The institute’s key area of expertise and course delivery are Nursing, Health and Community services such as Aged care, Disability support and Early Childhood Education and Care, health management and English language studies and I opted for my favourite course ‘Nursing’.

First, my experience in college has given me a chance to sharpen my skills, practice and enhance knowledge in my field of choice. There have been, and will continue to be, many opportunities to learn more ways of improving skills as a result of the time spent in school, which I am truly thankful for. The opportunities of face to face learning with the guidance of tutorials, training, real demonstrations, presentations and motivation on a one to one basis by the institute’s trainer is the best part of the college. This was my first experience studying at an overseas college, with a class that was multicultural and a language that was new. I enjoyed the experiences as I understand it builds up the mutual understanding and abilities to learn about one another when living and working together.

With a fully equipped campus, IHNA provides modern facilities and amenities, sports and game facilities, opportunities to celebrate birthdays and different occasions, including state-of-the art nursing and computer laboratories, a student library, audio-visual equipped classrooms, full real-world based practicals with best of the best tutorials, carrying out demonstrations on real human lookalike dummies which I should not forget to mention. All the practicals in different hospitals and aged care centres were unforgettable, where I was able to translate all my theoretical knowledge into practice, with the help of senior staff, educators and RNs. Every time I was encouraged and given a very good feedback from my senior staff, which was satisfying and made me motivated to perform even better.

Truly from my heart, I enjoyed each and every single second of my time during class without missing a single class in the entire period of 2 years. The love I got from IHNA teachers is precious for me. I must thank Michelle Tolentino [Course coordinator], Litesh Mehta [Lead educator], Jordana Tamayo [Clinical placement staff], Sarita Chavan Sharma – [Staff Admin] and other each and every teacher of IHNA who are very kind, helpful, supportive and stand right behind the students to help them to move forward and reach their goals and their destination, just as parents would do! These experiences are truly irreplaceable and I would not trade them for anything. If I could go back in time and speak to my much younger self when I was first asked the question, “What has been your best experience?” the baby-faced version of me would certainly have been surprised by what my answer is now.

Ashley Hartnett

When my daughter was in the NICU diagnosed with severe jaundice, a surge nurse went out of her way and cared for us during this difficult time. The care, professionalism and dedication from this nurse has inspired me to become a nurse myself.

This led me to the start of my journey in nursing, beginning with Enrolled Nursing at IHNA Paramatta. During the beginning of my first semester, i was prepared and excited, although my training felt at times unorganized and communication was not clear. This led me to become stressed and anxious.

Toward the end of the semester one and into semester two, life at IHNA started to improve. I had a qualified and experienced teacher, Ritchelle Enqriquez who went out of her way to help me learn and understand what I was doing and why. She really went that extra mile to teach me how to write academic writing and taught me on a step by step basis, and she showed me to be confident in everything I do.

Through semester two and three IHNA started to feel more like a family with Michelle Tolentino and Ross Pancho joining the team as our educators. The study became more structured and organized. Michelle really put the extra effort in as educator with exams to assess our level of knowledge and extra support through my third placement. I felt I could continue and become a qualified nurse and this is when I started considering becoming a nurse educator one day.

Michelle Tolentino then was named our course co-ordinator in semester four, which I believe was one of the best things IHNA did. This brought with it Easter parties, Anzac day celebrations, sports days and encouraged all of the classes to start talking and building relationships outside of their specific classes which improved the culture of the school. The communication was opened with all educators and staff. This encouraged team work and created a friendly and effective environment.

During semester four we became a family and a new teacher joined our class Jordana Tamayo; a one-of-a-kind-teacher who puts in the extra effort to build content for students who will understand and are able to enjoy learning. This approach boosts student confidence in a dedicated and professional manner.

In the last two years at IHNA Parramatta I have made friends who have become family. With this step by step guidance by the experienced and knowledgeable educators and friendly assistance of all staff at IHNA, I feel this school has offered me the best opportunity to develop my skills as a nurse. The facilities are continually improving and the support I have acquired is unlike any other school. I can positively say that all I understand about nursing is because of the support and teaching this school has provided me over the years. Thank you to all the staff at IHNA Parramatta.

Sharmie Xu

For many years I have wanted nothing more than to study and become a nurse, a dream I thought I would never achieve. I was fortunate enough to have found IHNA and have enjoyed my time here in the past 6 months. Upon starting my Diploma of Nursing my worst fear as a mature aged student was that I would struggle with the workload, juggling a family, and working. Let me start by saying the new management has gone above and beyond to make changes necessary to take the college in a new and positive direction. The academic and professional knowledge I have attained is just one of the reasons I would encourage individuals to study with IHNA.

In fact, beyond the academic studies, the multicultural exposure is something I admire greatly. I have recently finished my first semester and attached a clinical placement at Bupa Aged Care. with the continuous guidance and support of my educators who have not only inspired me to excel academically but have embedded in me the confidence I was lacking. After 2 weeks of applying the skills I have mastered in class and in the laboratory, I am excited to say I was offered a position at the Bupa facility.

Thank you to all staff at IHNA for the quality training and opportunities given.

Nisha Gale

What can I say? For sure IHNA is one of the best colleges for career development and to build-up yourself into a good Nurse, and to develop your personality too. It’s a great opportunity for me to be in IHNA where learning is fun and satisfying with good guidance from educators and friends/ students from different countries. I would like to thank my family who encouraged me to pursue higher education and my teachers and friends at IHNA for their ongoing support. In addition, I would like to thank our course coordinator Michelle Tolentino and team of SRC and all for introducing new concepts on community events, sports activities and projects which have added more fun and excitement during learning.

I am really happy and feel proud to be in IHNA and best wishes for everyone for the great future we are going to have through IHNA!

And we are privileged to be a part of a career where helping is the motto. I personally like to help everyone in need. “Save one life, you are a hero. Save hundred lives, you are a NURSE.” Lastly, I would like to thank all the staff of IHNA for the best guidance for my career.

Roshna Khadgi

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my educators and staff at IHNA for their continuous support while I was studying in IHNA since 2017. I appreciate the values I imbibed during the course period. IHNA provides a student-centric environment and helped me settle in quite efficiently. I look forward for the coming 2 years while I transition to Diploma of Nursing. Quote: You learn something every day if you pay attention.


It has been a privilege to be a part of IHNA and I would like to thank the faculty for their encouragement and support. Moreover I would like to thank the new Course Coordinator Michelle Tollentino for the changes she has made, whether it might be extra-curricular sports activities, community events or education implementation. She has made the institute better which has helped me and others in many ways. Quote I wanted to share “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” by Maya Angelou.

Additionally I would like to say that we should be proud of what we are learning, because it will make a difference in other people’s life which is more important than the financial rewards that we will be earning. It will give us the satisfaction that we are able to make a difference in the society.

Marissa Maryam Leong

My name is Marissa and I am an international student currently pursuing my Diploma of Nursing at IHNA, Parramatta. Recently I had some obstacles related to my visa extension.

Before starting with IHNA, I was granted a visa by the immigration to complete my accounting study which was supposed to get completed by April 2018. Within 3 months of my accounting studies, I have been introduced to the career growth within the nursing field. I approached IHNA Parramatta and was accepted with a smooth transition.

My Nursing studies will be ending by Jan 2019 and my visa will be expiring in June 2018. Having said that, I need a new visa as per immigration’s advice for course completion.

Without further delay, I apply for the new visa through IMMI account and unfortunately I received a warning message after submission of my CoE. I panicked and was stressed, then immediately approached IHNA and the person responsible (Loretta) to seek for guidance in completing my visa extension. Loretta was so helpful in explaining the procedures, with the help of Admin (William, Sheryl) printed related supporting documents and also referred me directly to IHNA compliance officer (Paola) who was in charge of this situation.

The IHNA compliance officer walked me through the whole process, contacted and liaised with immigration officer in resolving my COE related matters. Finally, we received an email from Immigration department to confirm my COE is in place to proceed for visa submission. I applied for the new visa again through IMMI account on the 1st week of Feb 2018 and was granted with a new visa which facilitates completion of my Diploma of Nursing.

The whole experience in applying for new visa was so stressful, but however with the great help of IHNA, my transition was smooth and worthwhile.

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