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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.

  • Course Code : DON
  • Award Titles :
  • AQF Level : 5
  • Accreditation : ASQA
  • Duration : 4 Semesters
  • Course Delivery : Online (Blended)
  • Fees : AUD 6000 per Sem (approx)
Features of diploma of nursing online (blended) program   Benefits to students
Online (Blended) learning - Anywhere, any time! Combine the benefits of nursing lab simulation and work placements with the flexibility, interactivity and engagement of online learning!
  • Start your program at any time from anywhere in Australia - all you need is internet access!
  • Interact with classmates online through high quality online collaboration platform designed by IHNA
  • Regular feedback and assistance from our student support team
  • Communicate with your Course Coordinator and teachers at any point in the course during regular consultation hours
Choose where you study - with Regular simulation workshops across IHNA campuses in Sydney / Melbourne / Perth
  • Join simulation workshops according to your availability once you meet pre-requisites.
  • Choice of locations, allows you to travel and meet your classmates across Australia
  • Fast-track your program by joining the earliest available simulation workshops, as soon as prerequisite theory has been completed.
Choose your healthcare facility - with the flexibility of clinical placements across Australia
  • Choose to join scheduled clinical placements booked by IHNA nationally
  • Advance your clinical placement at your selected facilities by negotiation, provided prerequisite course components are complete
Finance made easy! - Interest free payment plans
  • Select payment plans based on your financial situation
  • Pay no interest, don't get in debt
  • No credit card surcharge/fee
No loss of income - Study while you continue working in the current job
  • Plan your study to fit with your work commitments
  • Don't miss valuable career opportunities
Get a head start! - Gain credit transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for previous study and work place experience and fast-track your diploma of nursing studies
  • Overseas Health professionals, who wish to gain a nursing qualification, can gain RPL/ credit transfer for their previous studies and fast track your diploma of nursing program.
  • Those who have completed an Australian healthcare program and are working in the health sector may be eligible for RPL/ credit transfer and able to fast-track the Diploma of Nursing program with IHNA. Please consult with our friendly student counseling staff about your needs.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

Total duration of the program is 1715 hours including professional experience placement delivered in 4 semesters over 2 years.
Fast track your course with Blended delivery, call us to find more.

Please click here for our Delivery and Assessment Guidelines for this course.

26 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:
•   21 core units
•   5 elective units

Core Units


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice  


Confirm physical health status  


Analyse health information    


Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans  


Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care  


Work in the nursing profession   


Comply with infection control policies and procedures in healthcare 


Apply first aid   


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers   


Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice   


Apply reflective practice, critical thinking & analysis in health   


Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients   


Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems   


Work effectively with Aboriginal & Torres strait Islander people   


Contribute to WHS processes   


Apply understanding of the Australian healthcare system   


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment   


Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients   


Administer and monitor medications in the work environment   


Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions   


Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with acute health problems   

Elective Units


Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment  


Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures   


Administer and monitor intravenous medications in the nursing environment  


Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care   


Practice in the domiciliary health care environment   


Online (Blended) [A New Experience in Learning]
•  Theory Online :
     •  Interact online with classmates, teachers and support staff
     •  Attend live webinars and chats
     •  Attend optional support sessions on campus
     •  Engage with stimulating multimedia content
     •  Access online library resources
•  Simulation-based training and assessment at campus
•  Clinical placement, at approved healthcare facilities across Australia

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.

To be registered as an Enrolled Nurse, applicants must meet the registration standards developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia including the Nursing and Midwifery English Language Skills Registration Standard. The approved standards can be accessed at: Registration Standards

Applicants seeking entry into this course should meet the following criteria:
•   Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
•   Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12 of secondary school or equivalent, or be of mature age; OR
•   Applicants must have successfully completed a certificate III or above qualification.
•   Applicants are required to have successfully completed an IHNA LLN test or VET ASSESS LLN Test (with a valid score of minimum 50% for each area and issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission) and will be required to attend an interview.
•   Applicants are required to successfully complete computer skills test (assessing the IT skills required for the qualification) with a score of minimum 50%.
•  Obtain a satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check, Vaccination/Immunization Certificate and Proof of Immunity (e.g. serology test results) for Work Experience Placement, as applicable.

There are no prerequisite units of competencies for this qualification.

Online (Blended) Delivery

Sep 12, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Feb 06, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
Jul 17, 2017
Sep 11, 2017

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

Melbourne(Heidelberg) Campus Perth Campus Sydney Campus
Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights,
Victoria 3081 Australia
Level 2
Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall,
Perth WA 6000 Australia
Level 7
33 Argyle Street,
NSW 2150 Australia

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 by:


Applications can be completed 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.

Offer Code Graduation Date
14VDONC7 02/Sep/2016

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. It acknowledges 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 Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and could provide you with a full or part 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.

How are my skills assessed?
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.

Overseas qualifications
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 that has RPL available.

Applications for RPL
If you intend on applying for RPL:
1.  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
2.  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
3.  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience
4.  Attach these documents with your application.
5.  Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
6.  There is a Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

RPL Fees
RPL Scope Evaluation Fee: AUD $200.00
RPL Tuition Fee: AUD $5900.00

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