Diploma of Nursing

National Code: HLT54121
TAFE SA Code: TP01261


Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to provide caring, compassionate and effective nursing care as an Enrolled Nurse working 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 across a range of health care settings.

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21 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Nurse (Enrolled)

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Course Orientation sessions are compulsory. The Diploma of Nursing can be studied at 8 different campuses. Study is blended with on-campus and online learning. The balance of each will differ between campuses. Further attendance details are in the Course Brochure.

Industry Conditions and Skills
Being an Enrolled Nurse can be physically and emotionally challenging. We recommend that you carefully read the course brochure. As a nursing student, you will need to be able to manage your career and work life, interact with others, plan and organise, problem solve, show initiative and use technology.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to pay for your National Police check, NDIS Screening, Working with Children check, Manual Handling for Nursing, CPR and immunisations. You will need to purchase a TAFE SA polo shirt (uniform).

Vocational Placements
You will need to successfully complete a vocational (clinical) placement of a minimum of 400 hours as part of this course. All placements are organised by the TAFE SA Placement unit. Placements are full time and taken as nursing shifts.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need to have a satisfactory criminal history check and required immunisations before starting your vocational placement. Required immunisations are outlined in the Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive (2017). You will need to provide evidence of a tuberculosis screening and of immune status. If you cannot meet these requirements you may not be able to complete your vocational placement and this course.

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Total Fees for the 21 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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    VET Student Loan

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Career opportunities include working as an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled Nurses work under the direction and supervision of registered nurses and are employed across a variety of health care contexts including hospital, community, residential, mental health, rehabilitation, rural and remote settings.

    To work as a nurse in Australia, you must be registered with the NMBA through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    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 (HLT54121)
    Knowledge and skills will be developed in areas including communication, cultural diversity, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, research, nursing assessment and care of people with acute and chronic health conditions, including mental health, diabetes and palliative care; wound and medication management. To successfully complete the qualification you are required to complete all 20 core units and 5 elective units, and a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement in a range of settings (this will be organised by TAFE SA).

    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 275
    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 60
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Confirm physical health status 90
    Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
    Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions 150
    Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions 60
    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 110
    Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care 50
    Practise nursing within the Australian health care system 75
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice 70
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to nursing care of a person with diabetes 80
    Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet 50
    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
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