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HLT54121 –

Diploma of Nursing

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Launch a successful and in-demand
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July 01, 2024

September 02, 2024

November 04, 2024

Course Duration 18 Months (78 Weeks)

Number of Semesters 3

Course Fee $27,000

* Government Funding Applicable for Eligible Candidates

Course Delivery Blended and Face to Face

Amount of Training 1540 Hours

Campuses Melbourne, Sydney & Perth

AQF Level 5

On completion of the HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing course, you can apply to the Nursing
and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration as an Enrolled Nurse (EN),
to practice in Australia.

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About the course

Funding and financial assistance available through VET Student Loan and State government funding. This course will be FREE in Western Australia. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Three semesters, equal one and a half years

Continue your studies to a Bachelor of Nursing while working as an Enrolled Nurse and earn one year of academic credit.

Available nationally through blended mode and block simulation

During this course you will learn and practice how to:

  • administer medicines & intravenous therapy
  • Wound management
  • Basic to advanced nursing skills within the scope of an enrolled nurse
  • Care of the clients with acute
  • Chronic & mental health conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Care of older clients
  • Effective communication
  • Research
  • leadership
  • Telehealth

100,000estimated shortage of nurses by 2025
(Source: Health Workforce Australia (HWA)).

AUD $61,778 per year,the average salary of an enrolled nurse in
Australia (Source: autalent.com).

FlexibilityAt IHNA, we strive to provide our students with flexible learning opportunities to assist you to balance their personal, work and life needs

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Flexible blended online classes

Suitable for working students and students living in the regional area who want to study online live theory class and attend simulation blocks each semester at campus.

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Flexible blended on-campus classes

Students who want to attend two days of on-campus classes and the rest online supported learning can do so.

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Digital library

All of our students benefit from flexible online learning through IHNA’s digital library, which contains thousands of e-books, nursing journals, and articles.

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Practice will help you learn better

Access our cutting-edge simulation labs at each campus at your leisure from 8.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to learn by doing

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Resources and Tools

IHNA also provides the best resources and tools such as recorded lectures and seminars and forums which are available for students to access in their own time. 

Learning environmentIHNA makes every effort to provide our students with the best learning opportunities through state of the art learning platforms and experiences

  • The Canvas learning management system (LMS) is a fantastic resource for online learning
  • Our teachers all have current clinical experience working in healthcare organisations
  • IHNA uses Microsoft Teams to collaborate and communicate more effectively with your teachers and classmate and for students to work with others on a project
  • Guest lectures from industry will provide students with first-hand case studies and insights about the work environment
  • All our campuses are equipped with a state-of-the-art simulation laboratories
  • Access to the most up-to-date technologies, such as virtual simulation using HoloLens.

Student supportIHNA provides a superior learning experience by providing individualised support for our students through

  • For eligible students, financial assistance is available through a state government funding programs, including VET Student Loan.
  • Student success team members who are committed to meeting your needs on a timely basis
  • Student support classes every Saturday, in all locations, including Melbourne, Perth, and Parramatta
  • Friendly support staff on campus and 24-hour IT helpdesk for e-learning support
  • 24/7 student support through “Rishi,” the bot on our website

Where will this take you?

Upon successful registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an enrolled nurse you may gain employment in various healthcare facilities, which may include:

  • Medical centres
  • Training resource centres
  • Open employment services
  • Other community settings and clients’ homes
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospitals- private and government
  • Day respite centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Residential group homes
  • Aged Care

Articulation Pathways

Graduates who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing program can enrol into further vocational education in specialised areas of practice or higher education programs and progress to higher learning opportunities. IHNA has articulation agreements with universities for students to pursue higher education.

For more details about Murdoch university click Here.

For more details about Charles Darwin university click Here.

Articulation pathways


This training is delivered with Western Australian Government Funding

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Fees Type
Funding Concession Fee Not Applicable AUD $0.00 # Not Applicable
Funding Non-Concession Fee AUD $11,600.00 * AUD $0.00 # Not Applicable

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

#The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

To know more about the VET Student Loan, click here.

Attention Students!

We would like to inform you about a recent surge in cyber scams. Your security is of utmost importance to us, and we want to ensure that you stay safe from potential threats.

Scammers have been employing sophisticated tactics to deceive individuals and steal sensitive information. It’s essential to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with online communications and transactions.

For IHNA’s students, it’s good to know that IHNA’s bank account details are not shared through email. Instead, the information is accessible through the secure Student Hub under Student Invoice & Payment. This method ensures that only authorised users with secure login credentials can access and view the information.

Additionally, making payments through the IHNA website provides another secure option for transactions, ensuring that personal and financial details are handled in a safe and protected environment.

For any questions or concerns related to payments or account details, students should reach out to IHNA directly through official contact channels (accounts@ihna.edu.au) to ensure the highest level of security and privacy.

About IHNA

IHNA has been delivering the Diploma of Nursing course for 12 years and we are now pleased to offer the new Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) course.

This 18-month course is available nationally with flexible learning opportunities online or on-campus, 2-week simulation blocks on campus at IHNA’s state-of-the-art and highly advanced nursing labs and clinical placements each semester with leading healthcare providers.

IHNA is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) to deliver the newly released course.

IHNA’s online interactive learning environment brings together online and on-campus classrooms and tutorials incorporating virtual simulation experiences, a library comprising over 1million references and publications and 24/7 student support online.

The Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) prepares you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled nurse. An Enrolled Nurse (EN) works under the direct or indirect supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).

You can learn more about the strong demand and excellent job prospects and pay available for Enrolled Nurses at the Australian Government Job Outlook website.

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Industry practical placements — work in the field

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Government funding available for eligible students

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Simulation exercises that provide hands-on knowledge

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Blended mode of delivery — both online and on-campus

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Qualified and industry experienced educators

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, applicants should demonstrate the ability to perform tasks as required by the industry.

IHNA Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Australian Year 12 course or pathway through Certificate IV level qualification from Health (HLT) or Community Services (CHC) training package.
  2. 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course.
  3. NMBA specified level of English language skills.
  4. Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirement. All students are required to undergo the LLN test proffered by IHNA for their suitability to be determined for undertaking the course successfully.

** Extract of NMBA: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

Additional Requirements

Digital Literacy

  1. Basic computer skills covering the most common usages of a computer, including managing computer files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases; creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use.
  2. Having own computer (desktop or laptop) to facilitate the training and assessment. Recommended Laptop requirements: Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of RAM, Operating system; Windows 7 or later version, Screen; 10” or higher, Microsoft Office or Open Office Program, Adobe Reader and Antivirus Program.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) requirements

  1. A satisfactory National Police Clearance (NCC) or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate.
  2. Required immunisation.
  3. Working with Children Check (WWCC).
  4. A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check.
  5. Students must declare a disability or disorder (if any), or if they are on any medication which may require reasonable adjustments.

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What will I study?

25 units are required for the award for this qualification including:

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTENN035 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTENN036 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTENN037 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN041 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN045 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN068 Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice
120 hours of PEP in aged-care setting


CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTENN039 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN040 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN043 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions
HLTENN057 Contribute to nursing care of a person with diabetes
BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
120 hours of PEP in sub-acute care setting


BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness
HLTENN044 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions
HLTENN047 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTENN038 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care
HLTENN042 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTADM008 Administer and coordinate Telehealth services
160 hours of PEP in acute care setting
  • How long will it take to complete this course?

    18 months(78 Weeks)

  • How many days do I have to attend the online live class (Online -blended)?

    4 days/week and 4 Hours/ day (Only for Domestic candidates)

  • How many days do I have to attend the Face to Face class (On-campus)?

    2 days/ Week and 8 hours/day for international and Domestic students.

  • Can I do the SBA (Simulation Based Assessment) online?

    NO, SBT, OSCA and PEP face to face on campus attendance mandatory and it is on Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 16.30. Minimum 4 weeks leave is required for every semester.

  • Is the PEP (Professional Experience Placements) flexible?

    No, PEP rosters are set by the placement facility and is aligned with the shifting times of the facility. I.e. 7am to 3pm morning shift and 2 to 10pm for afternoon shift.

  • Can I fast track this course?


  • Can I get an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or Credit Transfer?

    Yes, student can get Credit Transfer

  • Is there a pre-recorded session?

    Yes, there are pre-recorded sessions and recap sessions.

  • Is it mandatory to attend a full-day class?

    Yes, 80% of attendance is mandatory for this course.

  • What I will learn in SBA?

    The student will be trained as assessed nursing skills in a laboratory simulated environment.

  • can I get any support sessions?

    Yes, there is one day support session on each week. Apart from that there will be 24*7 online live support from student support team.

  • Do you provide job placement after the course?

    No, but we will guide students to get placement and registration.

  • Can I do PEP at my own workplace?

    NO, we will organize the work placement for students. Arrangements are subject to availability.

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Academic team for Diploma of Nursing

Abins Mathews

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Boby Mariyil Chacko

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Vishali Tandon

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Monique Lauren Elliot

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Ran Zheng

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Ty Ty Sengmany

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Shali Bijo

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Suresh Varghese

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Som Varghese

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Wanda Du Plessis

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Anjanette Ulrich

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Reena Babu Thomas

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Honey Jacob

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Katrina Marie Gauci

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Molly Pinto

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Amandeep Kaur

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Ambika Devi Khanal Tiwari

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Bindu Kurian

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Christine Fiegert

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Christy Mathews

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Hazeline Joyce Hernandez

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Hima Joy

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Karen Fairweather

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Lorraine Raqueno

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Mansour Al-Soud

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Mini Saju

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Mohammed Qhayam

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Monica Agnihotri

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Nadya Jindani

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Pratibha Upreti Dhungel

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Priya Mathew

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Ritchie Verano

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Robyn McMillan

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Rose Ann Rolfe

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Samandeep Kaur Ahluwalia

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Shaffalica Shaffalica

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Shireen Rookmin Govender

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Stella Jongebreur

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Vesta Wilson

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Zhaleh Madhaji

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Judith Beard

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Danica Marie Gapunuan

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Awards and Accolades

Finalist at the
Victorian Training
Award 2016

Winner of a Victorian
Education Award 2016

Winner of the McMillan Woods Global
Award 2018 in “Nursing & Healthcare
Training Excellence”

Who is this course for?

The HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing course is ideal for students looking to start their nursing career in Australia. You must demonstrate that you have achieved the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) specified level of English language skills before commencing this course.

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