Diploma of Nursing

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Course Location
Warragul; Churchill Gippsland Education Precinct (GEP); Bairnsdale; Sale
Course Duration
Full Time: 18 months
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
Full time
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • 2014

Full Time:
Warragul - February 2014
Churchill (GEP) - April/may 2014
Warragul July 2014

Classes - 3 days per week and Online - 1 day per week
Clinical placement - 5 days per week (400 hours compulsory placement required).
Currently enrolled nurses only - Flexible

Brooke Donaldson
Phone: (03) 5622 8532
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: brooked@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC Morwell 3841

Click here to download the Federation Training Supplementary Form for VTAC Application.

Course Overview

This course prepares you to become an Enrolled Nurse and to work in the modern health care environment.

Enrolled nurses work in aged care, acute surgical and medical wards, mental health, rehabilitation and community health.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Enrolled Nurse

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or mature age entry. Applicants must achieve satisfactory results in a VETASSESS nursing entrance numeracy and literacy test to be considered for interview.

It is recommended that all potential applicants check the AHPRA website www.ahpra.gov.au for details relating to registration requirements. In order to register as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA, applicants must demonstrate 5 years of secondary schooling or higher conducted in English (Diploma of Nursing counts towards this) – or sit the IELTS test.

Application Process

Attendance at a Course Information Session is highly recommended.

Step 1    Written application
Step 2    VETASSESS Nursing Entrance Numeracy and literacy test 
Step 3    Interview with resume

All applicants are to book a Nursing entrance literacy and numeracy test by contacting VETASSESS directly via their website www.vetassess.com.au

Compliance Check
Successful applicants must undergo a police check and Working with Children’s check.  These must be obtained at the commencement of the course.  Students will also be required to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia as a nursing student – this registration will be undertaken once the course has commenced.

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Ranges of assessments include tests, assignments, class presentations, case studies, on line tests, classroom activities, and practical assessments.

For currently enrolled nurses a major component of the course will be assessed by RPL.  Where a need for gap training is identified, assessments may include tests, assignments, class presentations, case studies, on line tests, and classroom activities.

Opportunities For Further Study

  • Articulation to Bachelor of Nursing Practice at Monash Gippsland
  • Undergraduate nursing degrees at other universities
  • Post registration units in the Advanced Diploma of Nursing

Course Structure

To attain this qualification a total of 26 units must be achieved; comprising 21 core units and 5 electives. A 10 week practical placement is mandatory to gain this qualification. This placement is undertaken in blocks throughout the course in a variety of settings.

Module Code
Module Name
Core Units  
Work in the nursing profession
Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice
Comply with infection control policies and procedures
Contribute to WHS processes
Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
Confirm physical health status
Analyse health information
Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans
Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care
Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients
Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medications in the work environment
Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health
Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions
Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with acute health problems
Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems
Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients
Apply understanding of the Australian health care system
Apply first aid
Elective Units  
Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care
Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment
Maintain an effective work environment
HLTEN519C  Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment 
HLTEN611B  Apply principles of diabetic nursing care 
  • Additional units to be advised