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This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse.
Enrolled nurses provide nursing care for people across the health care continuum and at all stages of life.
To be eligible to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse and to practice in Australia, individuals must 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. To confirm the education provider holds the necessary accreditation check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) at www.ahpra.gov.au.
The scope of practice for enrolled nurses is determined by legislative requirements and the policies and procedures of the employing organisation.
This qualification may contribute to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) registration requirements to practice as an enrolled nurse.
Anyone interested in studying the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) next year at Federation TAFE Ballarat, is invited to attend one of our upcoming information sessions:
Mt Helen Info Session - 3 October 2023 | 5:30 - 6:30pm
Virtual Info Session - 10 October 2023 | 5:30 - 6:30pm
Mt Helen Info Session - 17 October 2023 | 5:30 - 6:30pm
The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.
This course is delivered on campus 3 days/week, 6 hours per day, 64 weeks face to face learning. There is no online option.
Additional study time is required to complete assessments, reading, and activities. We recommend that approximately 10 hours per week should be put aside for these activities.
Please note there is a Work Placement component to this program - further details below.
Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.
Minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement. These placements take place in a variety of settings, predominantly in regional and rural centres. Placements are scheduled in accordance with the health care industry and include public holidays, weekends and both early and late shifts. Due to placement availability, placements may need to be scheduled during school term breaks. Whilst 400 hours is required for registration as an enrolled nurse, we schedule 440 hours to provide students with experience in a broad range of settings. This better prepares you for the workforce upon graduation.
Be a minimum of 17 years old, with the requirement of turning 18 prior to commencing placement.
Working with Childrens Check
Undertake a VETASSESS and achieve the following results:
Literacy – Level 3 or above
Numeracy – Level 3 or above
English Writing Skills – Level 3 or above
Meet the NMBA English Language Requirements
Mandatory COVID-19 and Fluvax immunisations
A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check, cost to student $121.10 (as at 15/12/2021) valid for 5 years
Direct / VTAC
Standard requirements: interview, PTR, LLN
Additional requirements: Successful working with children check, immunisation, police check. Achieve the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the program: English is primary language and attended 6 years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English or completed 3 years of full-time equivalent combination of secondary and vocational/tertiary level education taught and assessed in English in recognised countries. OR: 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).
For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.
Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.
Direct application: Yes
Federation University code: LBQ
National course code: HLT54121
The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.
Government Subsidised Place
Government Subsidised Place
|Full Fee Place|
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.
Visit our fees and charges page for more information.
A VET Student Loan from the Australian Government can cover all or part of your tuition fees for some Diploma/Advanced Diploma programs (subject to availability).
A VET Student Loan is available for this program – up to a maximum of $18,097
For more information visit our VET Student Loan page.
Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.
The estimated material fees for this program are $500
Students will be required to purchase: text books, uniform, name badge.
Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).
Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.
Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student. Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.
Further information on fees, payments and refunds is available here.
Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs. Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.
If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.
Pathways to this course:
Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:
HLT23215 - Certificate II in Health Support Services
CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Release 4) – potential for a credit for 3 units
HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing (Release 1) potential for a credit for 9 units
Credit transfer / advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.
Pathways from this course:
Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to:
Higher Education program
Articulate into Higher Education studies .Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply to entry into these programs:
HN5 Bachelor of Nursing | credit for 120 credit points*
* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.
Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA)
On successful completion of this qualification you will be eligible for registration with Australian Health Professional Registration Authority (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse. Please note eligibility requirements for registration as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia are determined by (AHPRA).
Please note: Currently, AHPRA requires that all applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level of 7.0 in all categories on the same day of testing, to be eligible for registration. Please refer to AHPRA website for full details - www.ahpra.gov.au
Federation University will, under the National Law, register students with the NMBA and notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency if a student undertaking clinical training has an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.
All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.
CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909