Diploma of Nursing/Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) - Flinders Uni Pathway

TAFE SA Code: DP00038

Study pathway: Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)


Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to provide caring, compassionate and effective nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This course focuses on integrating theory with practice, giving you the skills to problem solve and work in a collaborative team environment. This course also provides a pathway to university, following successful completion of the Diploma.

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3 years 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

Find out more about Nursing Entry Requirements.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
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$0 - $29,376

This course also has an additional cost of $30.00 for T-shirt.

Please note that fees and funding status only apply to the initial TAFE SA qualification. Check the course page or relevant university website for details on the secondary qualification.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • You will receive an offer to both TAFE SA and University, with the University offer being conditional on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification.
    • You can rest assured you have secured your University offer, pending successful completion of the TAFE SA award.
    • No further application will be required.
    • You will receive credit for TAFE SA studies allowing you to complete two awards dependent on the pathway selected.
    • If accepted, you will receive an offer to TAFE SA and-on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification-an offer to University with no further application required.
    • Important Note: The listed awards are reviewed and changes may occur without notice. Dual Offers are available only to Australian and New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent visas.
    • View our Uni Dual Offer Courses list
    • Orientation is a compulsory component of the program that all successful applicants are required to attend.
    • Orientation dates: Adelaide and Gilles Plains Campuses: 3-day on-campus program (Monday to Wednesday) 7th, 8th and 9th February Course commences Friday 11th February (for half of the full-time cohort) and all will be from week commencing Monday 14th February
    • Orientation dates: Barossa Valley, Mt Barker, Mt Gambier, Noarlunga, Port Pirie and Whyalla Campuses: 3–part orientation program: • Online orientation week (Monday to Friday 7th – 10th February • One on-campus attendance day Monday 14th February – course commences this week • Online facilitated session (approx. 2hrs) Monday 21st February
    • Students are required to complete a 7-hour Manual Handling for Nurses course with an upfront fee of $154; a Manual Handling Update for $50 and a 1.5 hour CPR update course for $50.
    • Qualifications are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure training meets the current needs of industry. The national Diploma of Nursing has been reviewed and updated and TAFE SA aim to be commencing the new qualification from 2023 pending accreditation by ANMAC and approval by the NMBA. This means that if you are commencing studies in 2022, you will need to have completed all theory and clinical placement requirements of the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification by 30 November 2023 or you will be transitioned into the new qualification.
    • o All nursing students are required to complete a satisfactory Criminal History Assessment and have an appropriate level of immunisation prior to commencing Clinical Placement. The Immunisations that are required include: o Hepatitis B o COVID-19 – as per current Australian Federal and/or South Australian State Government directions o Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis o Measles/Mumps/Rubella o Varicella o Tuberculosis Screening o Influenza (flu) – required annually
    • English language tests are to be undertaken within 12 months of the course start date. In Semester 1 2022 the course commences on Monday 7th February 2022.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Career opportunities include working as an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled Nurses are employed across a variety of health care contexts including acute, community, aged care, residential, rural and remote settings.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)
    Knowledge and skills will be developed in areas including communication, cultural diversity, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, acute and chronic health disorders, clinical nursing skills and medication management.
    To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 20 core units and 5 elective units.

    • 400 hours of Professional Experience Placement will be required.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy 250
    Analyse and respond to client health information 60
    Apply communication skills in nursing practice 50
    Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice 30
    Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting 80
    Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment 45
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Confirm physical health status 90
    Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs 90
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems 70
    Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems 50
    Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions 60
    Implement and monitor care of the older person 75
    Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans 110
    Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care 50
    Practise nursing within the Australian health care system 100
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety 25
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice 80
    Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes 80
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Provide first aid 18
    Research and apply evidence to practice 65
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