HLT54121 –

Diploma of Nursing

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Starts On July 4, 2022
September 5, 2022
November 7, 2022
March 6, 2023
July 3, 2023
September 4, 2023
November 6, 2023

Number of Semesters 3

Duration 78 weeks

Course Delivery Blended

Amount of Training 1540 Hours

Campuses Melbourne, Sydney & Perth

AQF Level 5

On completion of the HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing course, you can apply to the Nursing
and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration as an Enrolled Nurse (EN),
to practice in Australia.

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About the course

Funding and financial assistance available through VET Student Loan and State government funding

Three semesters, equal one and a half years

Continue your studies to a Bachelor of Nursing while working as an Enrolled Nurse and earn one year of academic credit.

Available nationally through online-blended mode and block simulation

During this course you will learn and practice how to:

  • administer medicines & intravenous therapy
  • Wound management
  • Basic to advanced nursing skills within the scope of an enrolled nurse
  • Care of the clients with acute
  • Chronic & mental health conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Care of older clients
  • Effective communication
  • Research
  • leadership
  • Telehealth

100,000estimated shortage of nurses by 2025
(Source: Health Workforce Australia (HWA)).

AUD $61,778 per year,the average salary of an enrolled nurse in
Australia (Source: autalent.com).

FlexibilityAt IHNA, we strive to provide our students with flexible learning opportunities to assist you to balance their personal, work and life needs

Flexible blended online classes

Suitable for working students and students living in the regional area who want to study online and attend simulation blocks each semester.

Flexible blended on-campus classes

Students who want to attend two days of on-campus classes and the rest online supported learning can do so.

Digital library

All of our students benefit from flexible online learning through IHNA’s digital library, which contains thousands of e-books, nursing journals, and articles.

Practice will help you learn better

Access our cutting-edge simulation labs at each campus at your leisure from 8.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to learn by doing

Resources and Tools

IHNA also provides the best resources and tools such as recorded lectures and seminars and forums which are available for students to access in their own time. 

Learning environmentIHNA makes every effort to provide our students with the best learning opportunities through state of the art learning platforms and experiences

  • The Canvas learning management system (LMS) is a fantastic resource for online learning
  • Our teachers all have current clinical experience working in healthcare organisations
  • IHNA uses Microsoft Teams to collaborate and communicate more effectively with your teachers and classmate and for students to work with others on a project
  • Guest lectures from industry will provide students with first-hand case studies and insights about the work environment
  • All our campuses are equipped with a state-of-the-art simulation laboratories
  • Access to the most up-to-date technologies, such as virtual simulation using HoloLens.

Student supportIHNA provides a superior learning experience by providing individualised support for our students through

  • For eligible students, financial assistance is available through a state government funding programs, including VET Student Loan.
  • Student success team members who are committed to meeting your needs on a timely basis
  • Student support classes every Saturday, in all locations, including Melbourne, Perth, and Parramatta
  • Friendly support staff on campus and 24-hour IT helpdesk for e-learning support
  • 24/7 student support through “Rishi,” the bot on our website

Where will this take you?

Upon successful registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an enrolled nurse you may gain employment in various healthcare facilities, which may include:

  • Medical centres
  • Training resource centres
  • Open employment services
  • Other community settings and clients’ homes
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospitals- private and government
  • Day respite centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Residential group homes
  • Aged Care


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

To know more about the VET Student Loan, click here.

Fees Type
Funding Concession Fee Not Applicable AUD $885.60 * Not Applicable
Funding Non-Concession Fee AUD $8,985.00 * AUD $2,988.90 * Not Applicable
Domestic Full Fee AUD $24,000.00 AUD $24,000.00 AUD $24,000.00

About IHNA

IHNA has been delivering the Diploma of Nursing course for 12 years and we are now pleased to offer the new Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) course.

This 18-month course is available nationally with flexible learning opportunities online or on-campus, 2-week simulation blocks on campus at IHNA’s state-of-the-art and highly advanced nursing labs and clinical placements each semester with leading healthcare providers.

IHNA is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver the newly released course.

IHNA’s online interactive learning environment brings together online and on-campus classrooms and tutorials incorporating virtual simulation experiences, a library comprising over 1million references and publications and 24/7 student support online.

The Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) prepares you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled nurse. An Enrolled Nurse (EN) works under the direct or indirect supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).

You can learn more about the strong demand and excellent job prospects and pay available for Enrolled Nurses at the Australian Government Job Outlook website.

Industry practical placements — work in the field

Government funding available for eligible students

Simulation exercises that provide hands-on knowledge

Blended mode of delivery — both online and on-campus

Qualified and industry experienced educators

Course detailsFrequently asked questions

  • 78 weeks full time
  • Amount of Training is 1540 Hours
  • Blended
  • Available to domestic and international students

25 units are required for the award for this qualification including:

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTENN035 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTENN036 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTENN037 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN041 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN045 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN068 Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice
120 hours of PEP in aged-care setting


CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTENN039 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN040 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN043 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions
HLTENN057 Contribute to nursing care of a person with diabetes
BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
120 hours of PEP in sub-acute care setting


BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness
HLTENN044 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions
HLTENN047 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTENN038 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care
HLTENN042 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTADM001 Administer and coordinate Telehealth services
160 hours of PEP in acute care setting


IHNA has selected blended mode of delivery for this program to support students in the development of the skills and knowledge they are expected of an enrolled nurse. Blended learning means a combination of both digital learning and in-class, face-to-face learning.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials including workshops
  • Guest lectures by industry experts, multidisciplinary teams and specialist nurses
  • Simulation Based Training (SBT)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

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

IHNA’s admission requirements for the course are as follows:

  • Successful completion of year 12 or pathway through certificate IV level qualification from the HLT or CHC training package
  • All the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as exit level 3 in reading and numeracy to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission)
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • NMBA specified level of English language skills.

The Diploma of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills before commencing the HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing course.

Refer to the AHPRA website to view the requirements in detail, including the number of test sittings you can undertake.

Students can undertake a “statutory declaration” to confirm that they meet the NMBA English language proficiency.

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
  • Basic computer skills
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid course must be completed separately prior to your first census date. This requirement can be filled by providing evidence of your completion in an Accredited First Aid course. You can complete this through IHNA or different providers

Students are given clear information regarding assessment and program progression requirements prior to commencing the program through offer letter, acceptance of agreement and by way of information provided on the Website in various forms.

Prior to enrolment, students are also informed regarding program progression and assessment requirements during the pre-training review (PTR). The requirements are further communicated to students during orientations prior to the commencement of the program.

Students are directed to Canvas LMS for unit guides that include assessment requirements and course progression. The details of the assessments are elaborated below:

  • Formative assessments
  • Summative assessment
  • Simulation Based Training (SBT) and Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA)
  • Formative assessment during PEP
  • Summative assessment during PEP
  • Summary for PEP Assessments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

IHNA has a methodical RPL process, which is outlined in detail in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.

Prospective students will be notified of the RPL policy and process prior to enrolment into the program, via orientation, discussions, Student Handbook and/or through our website. They are encouraged to apply if they believe that they may be eligible.

Students are encouraged to apply for RPL prior to or immediately after formal enrolment but prior to the facilitated delivery of units to ensure that they do not miss any class/simulated lab practice opportunities offered should they be unsuccessful in the RPL process. Students are given an RPL kit showing the units they need to complete and methods for demonstrating competency in those units.

IHNA assessors who satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors and hold current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, will assess the candidate’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

IHNA assessors who satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors and hold current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, will assess the candidate’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

The RPL process will not be applied to any HLTENN units if the prior learning was not in a related nursing discipline.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit Transfer (CT) for HLTENN units is granted only for students who complete a Diploma of Nursing program accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved as ‘an approved program of study’ by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) in accordance with the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards.

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/delegate.

The course coordinator/delegate 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 or through USI registry.

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/delegate 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.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

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Awards and Accodales

Finalist at the
Victorian Training
Award 2016

Winner of a Victorian
Education Award 2016

Winner of the McMillan Woods Global
Award 2018 in “Nursing & Healthcare
Training Excellence”

Who is this course for?

The HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing course is ideal for students looking to start their nursing career in Australia. You must demonstrate that you have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills before commencing this course.


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