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Get on course to become an enrolled nurse

This Diploma of Nursing qualification through Chisholm TAFE is based on best practice in health care. The course will prepare you for employment as an enrolled nurse, working under the supervision of a registered nurse. You will learn to deliver nursing care for people across the health sector, gaining relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified in the units you will study.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course will mean you are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an enrolled nurse.

Successful completion of this diploma means you can pathway into second year of La Trobe’s Bachelor Of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Pathway), subject to availability. The La Trobe degree can be studied at Chisholm’s Frankston and Berwick campuses.

The Diploma of Nursing has mandatory on and off-the-job training components. The off-the-job training is the theoretical part of the course, where you will learn through a combination of on-campus learning and simulation activities in a nursing skills laboratory.

All placements will be allocated per the nursing timetable, broken up over a total of 10 weeks (400 hours) across the whole course.
- aged care (two weeks)
- mental health /rehabilitation combined (four weeks)
- acute (four weeks).

Semester 1 - Four days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.
Semester 2 - Four days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.
Semester 3 - Four days a week. 9am - 3.30pm.

Each timetabled day is divided into two sessions: lecture, tutorial or integrated clinical skills. Attendance will vary between different groups across both campuses, specific to individual timetables.

Attendance for clinical placement will mostly occur on Monday to Friday, however some facilities can schedule on weekends and public holidays. You will be allocated 10 weeks of clinical placement. You may be required to work a morning or afternoon shift, generally a combination of both shifts across the placement allocation.

Chisholm Institute is required to identify how a prospective student will meet the English Language Requirements at the time they apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The evidence requirements for registration have been recently updated by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and Chisholm enrolment processes align with those requirements. Where students are identified as requiring an English test at registration they must provide evidence of meeting that requirement prior to enrolment.

You will be asked to complete documentation during the application process to identify how you will meet the English language requirements and provide evidence as required. Full details of the English language requirements and the evidence required are contained in the Diploma of Nursing Information Pack which will be sent to you on application.

Please note: This course supersedes HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. If you have commenced HLT54115, and you require credit transfers of any units, there may be some extra assessment work required for non-equivalent units. We will provide you with the required information in order to transition to the new qualification.

Free TAFE Pathways

In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

Course code
Delivery location
Berwick, Frankston
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Full Time, 18 months.
Start dates
January, April, July, October

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.