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Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Diploma

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Units

    25

  • Start Date

    Feb, Jul,

Overview of the course

Through the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115), you will be taught the essential skills and knowledge necessary to work in a range of healthcare settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. This hands-on, practical qualification will give you the experience of working in a healthcare environment while you study areas that include nursing communication, medication delivery, infection prevention and aged care.

You will learn how to implement basic nursing care, assess clients’ health and analyse health-related information through a combination of online units, on-campus simulations of hospital environments and 400 hours of mandatory supervised clinical placements.

Swinburne’s Diploma of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), who are responsible for the regulation of nurses and midwives.

This course is not available to international students.

Skills First Funding

This course is covered by Skills First Funding, which partially subsidises your course fees. Check your eligibility for subsidised training on the Victorian Skills Gateway website.

What are the entry criteria?

Entry into this course is based on an applicant’s previous study, demonstrated knowledge and skills, and/or work history.

Some additional criteria also apply:

  • Applicants are recommended to attend a course information session
  • Satisfactory completion of VCE, with a minimum score of 20 for English or 25 in EAL and satisfactory score for Units 1 and 2 in Maths or
  • ACSF Exit Level 4, or above, in both Reading and Numeracy as determined by an online literacy and numeracy test issued by Swinburne Online.

English language requirements

The Diploma of Nursing has entry criteria set by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. All students entering this course must demonstrate they have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills, prior to commencing the course.

You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  • English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12
  • Extended education pathway – you have completed 3.5 years full-time equivalent of a combination of secondary and vocational and/or tertiary level education taught and assessed in English in any of the recognised countries*.

Test pathways – below is a list of the approved tests and the minimum scores required:

  • IELTS (academic Module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components
  • OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components
  • PTE (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and a minimum score of 24 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking.

Additional requirements

All students must maintain a current Police Check and Working with Children Check for the duration of the course.

The first unit of this course, HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, must be completed prior to your first census date. This requirement can be filled by providing evidence of your completion in an Accredited First Aid course. You can complete this through Swinburne Professional. Other options, including St. John Ambulance Australia, are also available.

This course requires up-to-date evidence of immunisations. If you are not able to provide up-to-date evidence, you will not be able to attend the clinical placement component of this course. For more information about the minimum immunisation requirements please visit the health.vic website. Additional immunisations may be required in response to any changes in Government policy or the specific requirements of the organisation you attend for your clinical placement. Further information will be provided at the commencement of the course.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply.

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  • Career opportunities
  • What you will learn
  • Acute Care Nurse

    Assist a registered nurse in the care of patients suffering from a severe injury or episode of illness.

  • Mental Health Nurse

    Provide medical and some psychological support to patients who have mental health issues or who are in distress.

  • Rehabilitation Nurse

    Assist individuals with a disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function.

  • Aged Care Nurse

    Assist in the delivery of primary health care to aged patients in a variety of settings including hospitals and home care.

  • Palliative Care Nurse

    Provide care and support to people at any age who are experiencing severe or complex symptoms due to a life-limiting or terminal condition.

  • Basics of nursing care

    Learn the basics of practising nursing within the Australian healthcare system, how to confirm a patient's physical health status and analyse client health information.

  • Administration and monitoring of medication

    Learn how to administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy and apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment.

  • Nursing communication

    Learn how to apply communication skills and respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs in nursing practice.

  • Legal and ethical parameters in nursing

    Learn how to apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice and maintain work health and safety.

Course Units

The Diploma of Nursing consists of 20 core units and 5 preferred elective units.

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