Diploma of Nursing

National Code: HLT54115
TAFE SA Code: TP00919


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.

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18 months 

Full Time

Nurse (Enrolled)

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • Satisfactory evidence of meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language skills registration standards
Find out more about Nursing Entry Requirements.
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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.

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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.

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

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.

    • Orientation is a compulsory component of the program that all successful applicants are required to attend.
    • Orientation dates: Adelaide and Gilles Plains Campuses: A 3-day compulsory on-campus orientation program with attendance required Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd August 2022.
    • Orientation dates: Barossa Valley, Mt Barker, Mt Gambier, Noarlunga, Port Pirie and Whyalla Campuses: 3–part orientation program: • Online orientation week - Monday 1st to Friday 5th August • One compulsory on-campus attendance day - Monday 8th August • Online facilitated session (approx. 2hrs) - Monday 15th August
    • 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 HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing qualification from 2023. Please be aware that the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing at TAFE SA is not yet accredited by ANMAC or approved by the NMBA and will not lead to registration as a nurse or midwife in Australia under the approved qualification pathway, Nation Law Section 53a. We anticipate that students enrolling in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing in Semester 2, 2022 will transition into the new HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing in 2023.
    • 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
    • NB English language tests are to be undertaken within 12 months of the course start date. In Semester 2 2022 the course commences on Monday 1 August 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
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration)
    Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing
    Bachelor of Nursing
    Bachelor of Community Health - online
    Bachelor of Public Health - online
    Bachelor of Nursing
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