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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing at IHNA

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Key Information

Duration  : 24 Months (4 semesters)
AQF Level : 5
Course Delivery : Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
Campuses : Melbourne (Heidelberg), Melbourne (CBD), Perth and Sydney
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.


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Skills First Program 2018 – 2019: “This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding”

Course outcome

  • Enrolled Nurse

Melbourne (Heidelberg)

Face to Face

Feb 3, 2020
Apr 6, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Feb 8, 2021

Online (Blended) Delivery

Feb 8, 2020
Jul 11, 2020

Sydney (Parramatta)

Face to Face

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

Online (Blended) Delivery

Feb 8, 2021

Melbourne CBD

Online (Blended) Delivery

Feb 8, 2020

Australia (Online)

Online (Blended) Delivery


Perth (SGT)

Face to Face

Nov 4, 2019
Feb 12, 2020
Apr 8, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Feb 15, 2021

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.

Melbourne Heidelberg Campus ( Blended )


Perth Campus

Mondays and Tuesdays

Sydney Campus


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

State Fees Funding
Victoria AUD $25,000 State Funding is Available for Eligible Students. VET Student Loan
Western Australia AUD $25,000 Jobs & Skills WA Funding is Available for Eligible Students. VET Student Loan
New South Wales AUD $25,000 VET Student Loan is Available for Eligible Students.

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Maximum Cap limit of VET Student Loan portion for eligible students is AUD $15,225 for this course.

Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au or 1800 22 52 83

If you are applying for VET STUDENT LOANS through the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia, IHNA(RTO Registration code 21985), please check if you are eligible

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student’s future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

Please note that VET Student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the Eligibility requirements. Further, the VET student loan will give rise of a HELP debt that continues to be a debt to the Commonwealth till such time as the loan is fully repaid. Check this link to know more: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/paying-back-your-loan

Students eligible and opting for government funding must attend 20 hours of classroom sessions per week. Students failing to attend the classroom sessions will not be able to avail the funding and will be required to pay the full course fees.

Other Funding options

IHNA has partnered with Study Loans Australia tos provide students with an alternative loan option

Study Loans

Study Loans is an Australian private organisation that provides financial assistance to students pursuing their vocational and tertiary education.

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


Melbourne (CBD) Campus

Level 5, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne,
Victoria – 3000, Australia

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


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.

Students enrolling in on-campus mode of delivery are provided with one week of orientation in the first semester, which covers campus, course, academic, online library orientation and academic writing.


This course will be delivered over 1695 hours, including theory, 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. The student opting blended form of delivery have to mandatorily attend 1 day of contact theory support sessions per week.

Blended students also need to complete 12 hours of structured e-learning per week. Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

Students enrolling in blended mode of delivery will have the option to attend the orientation online or on-campus, which will cover campus, course, academic, online library orientation.

Every semester there is an on-campus workshop. Workshops range from one to two weeks. The simulation work shop is for review of the learning activities in the classroom, practicing clinical nursing skills in the simulated nursing laboratory environment and undertaking medication calculation tests and 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 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

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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.


No specific entry requirements as per the qualification details or training package.


IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

  • Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above and need to be Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or year 12th pass,
    Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years and has a qualification at Certificate II level or higher, OR has 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
  • 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).
  • Meet English Language requirement (as mentioned below)
    From 1 July 2018 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) have introduced an admission requirement that assesses a student’s English language skills. Click here to view the requirements for the English language skills registration standard. This English language requirement must be demonstrated prior to entry into the Diploma of Nursing.
  • Additional Requirement for professional experience placement (PEP).
  • 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 practical 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. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Entry requirement with effect from March 2019

Effective date: 1 March 2019

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Board) requires all applicants for initial registration to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration.

This registration standard sets out how an applicant for registration can demonstrate to the Board that their competency in speaking and communicating in English is sufficient to practise nursing and/or midwifery.

Does this standard apply to me?

This standard applies to all applicants for initial registration.

It does not apply if you are applying for non-practising registration or if you are a student.

What must I do?

If you are applying for initial registration you must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

1. English is your primary language and:

  • you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12, and
  • your tertiary qualification in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country and:
    • in the case of a registered nurse and/ or midwife, you must provide evidence of having successfully completed at least a two (2) years full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in a recognised country.
    • in the case of an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence of having successfully completed at least a one year full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in a recognised country.


2. Enrolled nurses

If you are applying for registration as an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence that you have successfully completed at least five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in a recognised country, which includes vocational qualifications in the relevant professional discipline which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law.

The Board will only accept the successful completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) continuous education that is a combination of:

  • vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
  • tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  • combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
  • tertiary education taught and assessed in English

The last period of education must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for registration.


3. You achieve the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in this standard:

  • the 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).

    We will only accept test results:

    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
      • you achieve 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
  • the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).NOTE:We will only accept test results:
    • from one test sitting, or
    • maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
      • you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
      • you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
      • no score in any component of the test is below C.
  • the 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:We will only accept 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
  • the 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.


    We will only accept 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 tests approved by the Board from time to time and published on the Board’s website with the required minimum scores.

4. In other defined circumstances/cases where there is compelling evidence demonstrating English language proficiency at least equivalent to the other pathways in this standard set out in a policy published by the Board.

Test results

The following requirements apply to the English language test results:

  1. Test results will be accepted if they were obtained:1.1 within the two years before the date you lodge your application for registrationOR1.2 more than two years before the date you lodge your application for registration if, in the period since the test results were obtained, you:
    • have been in continuous employment as a registered health practitioner in the nursing and/or midwifery profession (which commenced within 12 months of the date of the test) in one of the recognised countries where English was the primary language of practice, and
    • lodge your application for registration within 12 months of finishing your last period of employment


    1.3 more than two years before the date you lodge your application for registration if, in the period since the test result was obtained, you:

    • have been continuously enrolled in a Board approved program of study, which commenced within 12 months of the date of the test result and undertook subjects in each semester, with no break from study apart from the education provider’s scheduled holidays, and
    • lodge your application for registration within 12 months of completing the Board approved program of study.
  2. For the purposes of calculating time, if an applicant relies on test results from two sittings, time begins to run from the date of the earlier sitting.


  • The Board may grant an exemption to this standard when you apply for limited registration in the following circumstances:
    • to perform a demonstration in clinical techniques
    • to undertake research that involves limited or no patient contact, or
    • to undertake a period of postgraduate study or supervised training while working in an appropriately supported environment that will ensure patient safety is not compromised.
  • Conditions will generally apply to these exemptions, which will require supervision by a registered health practitioner and may also require the use of an interpreter.
  • The Board reserves the right at any time to revoke an exemption and/or require an applicant to undertake a specified English language test.

More information

Practitioners who meet this standard on the basis of results from an English language test will be asked to declare that they have continued to use English as their primary language when they apply to move from non-practising to practising registration.

Further information regarding the evidence that applicants must provide to the Board to prove that they meet this standard is set out in the relevant application form.

Your test results will be verified independently with the test provider.

You are responsible for the cost of English language tests.


This registration standard was approved by the Ministerial Council on 22 August 2018.

Registration standards are developed under section 38 of the National Law and are subject to wide ranging consultation.


Board approved program of study means an accredited program of study approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under section 49(1) of the National Law and published in the Board’s list of approved programs of study on the Board’s website

Continuous employment means working the equivalent of at least 26 weeks per year.

Five years (full-time equivalent) continuous education means education over a period of five consecutive calendar years without a break from study apart from the education institution (e.g. school, university or vocation education provider) scheduled holidays

IELTS means the International English Language Testing System

Initial registration means:

  • a practitioner applying for registration in Australia in nursing and/or midwifery for the first time; or
  • a practitioner applying for registration (including moving from non-practising to another registration type) who has not used English as their primary language for a period of greater than five years; or
  • a practitioner who currently holds limited registration on the basis that they were granted an exemption from this standard in the limited circumstances described under Exemptions and who is applying for another type of registration.

Initial registration otherwise does not include a practitioner who has had continual registration in nursing and/or midwifery and is applying for a different category or division of registration in that profession, for example, a practitioner who holds provisional registration and is applying for general registration; or a practitioner who holds general registration and is applying for specialist registration.

National Law means the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (as in force in each state and territory).

OET means Occupational English Test

Practising registration means provisional, general, specialist or limited registration

Primary language the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening, and speaking and the language known best and most comfortable with.

PTE Academic means the Pearson Test of English Academic

Recognised country means one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America.

Secondary education means Australian school years 7 through to 12, even where year 7 is classified as part of primary school in a particular state or territory.

Six years primary and secondary education means six years of Australian school years 1 through to 12 or the equivalent in a recognised country with two of the years being between 7 and 12.

Student means a student currently registered under the National Law

Test results means the official results provided by the English language test provider. If you are providing test results from two test sittings as defined, the results from both sittings must meet the requirements of this standard.

TOEFL iBTv means the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test

Two test sittings in a six month period means that the dates of the sittings must not be more than six months apart. For example, if your first test sitting was on 1 March, the second sitting must be no later than 30 August. If you are providing test results from two sittings, you may provide results of any two tests taken within a six month period as defined.

Vocational education for the purpose of this standard is education that is taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country where:

  • The level of vocational education was at the Australian Qualifications Framework Level 3 or Certificate III or higher, and
  • The vocational education was delivered primarily face to face and required students to use English speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.


This standard will be reviewed at least every three years.

Last reviewed: October 2018


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

IHNA has partnered with La Trobe University to build pathways into Health and Nursing degrees.
Completing HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing gives 165 credits / 11 subjects towards: Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) (Melbourne campus only)
(Please note this is available for domestic students only)


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


Career Outcomes

This course may have pathways to higher level degrees such as: Advanced Diploma of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery.

Please visit our Pathway Planner for more information about different pathway options.

Successfully completing this course will enable you register and work as an Enrolled Nurse within a healthcare setting. Please refer to the AHPRA website to know the current requirements for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Statistics show that 20,500 people were employed as Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses in 2015, and 5,001 to 10,000 job openings are expected in the next five years.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses visit Job Outlook



From January 1st 2017, the VET FEE-HELP scheme of the Australian Government has been replaced by VET Student Loans. To minimise disruption to existing students, a phased approach is being taken to transition from VET FEE-HELP to the new VET Student Loans program, whereby students wishing to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements will need to opt-in. To know more, please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/node/43471 .

The VET Student Loans is a loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in higher level vocational education and training courses at approved course providers pay their tuition fees. Access to a VET Student Loan is approved by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

VET Student Loans - An Australian Government Initiative


To get a VET Student Loan through the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia, IHNA(RTO Registration code 21985), you must be an eligible student who is studying an approved course with an approved course provider. You must apply to the government using the approved form, and must confirm your engagement and progression to continue to access the loan throughout your course.

Please note that VET Student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the Eligibility requirements. Further, the VET student loan will give rise of a HELP debt that continues to be a debt to the Commonwealth till such time as the loan is fully repaid. Check this link to know more: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/paying-back-your-loan

Further details of eligibility are given below:

  • You are an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long-term residency requirements, or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
  • You have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
  • You are enrolled with an approved course provider in an approved course and have enrolled in accordance with the application requirements.
  • You are studying the approved course primarily at a campus in Australia.
  • Your course meets the course requirements, if it:
  • is specified on the VET Student Loans (courses and loan caps) determination (the courses and loan caps determination); and
  • delivered by an approved course provider; and
  • is a qualification of diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • You have been assessed by your approved course provider as academically suited to undertake the approved course by either:
  • providing your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • by providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English); OR
  • displaying competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.
  • In addition, your approved provider must reasonably believe you show competence in completing the course.
  • You meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements.
  • You have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or are otherwise exempt.
  • You have read the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet
  • You have given the required documents to your approved course provider and submitted the loan application form by the first census day no less than two business days after enrolling.


You can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay your tuition fees. For 2017, the FEE-HELP limit is $100,879 for most students. There is no interest charged on HELP debts.
For some students, a 20 per cent loan fee applies to VET Student Loans for full fee paying / fee for service students.


You must start repaying your HELP debt through the tax system once your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying. The threshold is adjusted each year and for the 2017-18 income year, it is $55,874 or above.


Please check updated information given in the 2017 VET Student Loans information booklet , at this link:

Statement of VET Tuition Assurance

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

  • Formal learning – which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
  • Informal learning – occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
  • Non-formal learning – you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest-based courses, conferences);
  • A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course. Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.


Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • Perform tasks or jobs
  • Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process)
  • Provide evidence of your work
  • A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
  • The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.


If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.


If you intend on applying for RPL:

  • Please request the RPL application by contacting our admission officers directly on 1800 22 52 83 or email enquiry@ihna.edu.au state your request.
  • Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
  • Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
  • Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
  • Attach these documents to your application.
  • Submit the Application Form and documented evidence via email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
  • There is an application Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Applicants for Credit Transfer must complete the credit transfer application form, attach a copy of a verified Award or Statement of Attainment and submit the application to the Course Coordinator. The Course Coordinator must check the Award or Statement of Attainment and grant Credit Transfer for identical units that have been identified as being completed at another Registered Training Organisation. Verified copies of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment used as the basis for granting Credit Transfer must be placed in the student files. The student and the Course Coordinator must sign the completed Credit Transfer record. Granting of Credit Transfer must be recorded as a unit outcome in the student's file. Student’s individual training plans will be adjusted to reflect any Credit Transfer granted. Credit Transfer does not attract a fee.

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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