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  • Course code : HLT54115
  • Duration : 24 Months
  • Campus : Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Online(Blended)
  • School : School of Nursing
  • Domestic Fees : AUD $25,000
  • International Fees : AUD $30,000

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 Diploma of Nursing is the right choice for you.

Studying the 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 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 24 months, which gives you the chance to comprehend the amount of information given in the Diploma of Nursing.

Examples of the topics the course will cover: First Aid, obtaining and interpreting a patient's physical information, work health and safety, working within a diverse environment, following organisational infection prevention and control procedures, performing preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems and more. All of these topics aim to produce highly-skilled, competent and confident enrolled nurses that are able to think critically and make the right decisions in the situations they may face.

Our Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) is nationally accredited by Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory governments.

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

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.

Diploma of Nursing at IHNA is available in both on-campus mode and in blended mode.

On-campus delivery mode is provided through classrooms and PEP with written assessments, and verbal assessments or third party reports. The Diploma of Nursing will be delivered and assessed over 24 months of classroom theory (that are structured for four semesters, 20 hours per week on campus) and simulation laboratory sessions (with candidates completing 480 hours of clinical placement in different care facilities).

After completing the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) successfully, students can visit Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to apply for registration.

What Can AHPRA's Registration Do for Me?

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.

The Diploma of Nursing has a total of 25 units;
•   20 Core Units
•   Five Elective Units

Core Units

Unit code

Unit title


Work with diverse people  


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety  


Reflect on and improve own professional practice   


Confirm physical health status 


Analyse and respond to client health information  


Practise nursing within the Australian health care system   


Apply communication skills in nursing practice 


Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care   


Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans   


Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs   


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment   


Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy   


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice   


Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health condition   


Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems   


Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems   


Implement and monitor care of the older person   


Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting   


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures   


Follow safe work practices for direct client care   

Elective Units


Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice   


Provide first aid   


Develop work priorities   


Research and apply evidence to practice   


Conduct clinical assessments   


To be eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Nursing,

  • you will have to have successfully completed year 12 or equivalent, or reached mature age entry, OR successfully completed a Certificate III or above qualification;
  • you are required to have successfully completed the ACER LLN Test and will be required to attend an interview;
  • you are required to successfully complete a computer skills test (assessing the IT skills required for the qualification) with a score of minimum 50%;
  • you will need to obtain a satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check, Vaccination/Immunisation Certificate and Proof of Immunity (e.g. serology test results) for Work Experience Placement, as applicable.

Fee Summary

The total tuition cost for the Diploma of Nursing is AUD $25,000 for local students, and AUD $30,000 for international students.


VET FEE-HELP is an Australian government initiative to give eligible students full or partial loans to pay for their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

VET FEE-HELP is available for Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma programs. VET FEE-HELP is available for a limited number of Certificate IV courses, and it is used to pay for all or part of the tuition fees for eligible students. It cannot be used to pay for additional study costs, such as accommodation or text books.

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

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.

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 for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

  • 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 with your application.
  • Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
  • There is an Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

We can help you with any further enquiries, please fill in your name and contact details and let us know how we can help you.


Online (Blended) Delivery


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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 3
Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall,
Perth WA 6000 Australia
Level 7
33 Argyle Street,
NSW 2150 Australia

Blended Mode Theory is delivered online and its SBA's will be carried out at the above facility or any other facilities approved by IHNA. Students enrolled for the blended mode of delivery can attend the simulation workshops at an agreed campus.

Diploma of Nursing

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Diploma of Nursing with IHNA. Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course. If you are applying for VET FEE-HELP, please check if you are eligible.

If you require any assistance, please feel free to contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au or call us on: +61 3 9455 4400


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


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Pathways and Careers

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 to work as an Enrolled Nurse within a healthcare setting.

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

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