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HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing


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Estimated completion time: 2 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

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Enrolled Nurse

This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under supervision of a registered nurse. This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units.

A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is able to apply for registration with the NMBA as an enrolled nurse. Further information on registration is available at

Placement Requirements

Students will be required to attend the Clinical Training Blocks (CTB) in Darwin.

To complete the Diploma Nursing students must successfully complete 400 hours workplace placements.

Clinical placements will be arranged by the University and may occur outside of the teaching terms.
This program will be delivered online using Learnline over a period of four teaching periods (semesters).

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Health and Community Services include:

  • Enrolled Nurse

On successful completion of the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline


Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Pathways from the qualification

On completion of this qualification credit(s) may be available into Higher Education courses.

Course information flyer(s)

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, refer to the relevant course information flyer or contact the VET team.

Course fees

Based on course nominal hours of approximately 1775 hours, approximate 2019 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $5,680.00
Domestic Full Fees: $24,850.00
Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees
This course is a full fee paying course. VET full fees will apply to all new and continuing domestic students enrolling in this course.
2019: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses is available 2019 VET Fees.
2020: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published as soon as it is available



VET tuition fees
This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
2020: Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published as soon as it available
VET student loans

VET Student Loans replaced VET FEE-HELP from 1 January, 2017.
Students commencing in 2019 should refer to VET Student Loans. The VET Student Loan schedule for 2019 can be found here.

International tuition Fees

The annual tuition fee for commencing students in 2019 is AUD $16,667.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

  • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the HLT Health Training Package.

  • Employability skills

    Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

    Location and study mode

    Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Casuarina

    Study Mode: Mixed mode
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

    Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: +61 8 8946 7356 (Casuarina)
Fax: +61 8 8946 7588

Course structure

To achieve a DIPLOMA OF NURSING a total of TWENTY-FIVE (25) units of competency must be completed comprising TWENTY (20) Core and FIVE (5) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1673- 1775.

Code Module/Unit of Competency


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status 90
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information 60
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system 100
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice 50
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care 50
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans 110
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs 90
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment 45
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy 250
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice 30
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions 60
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems 70
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems 50
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person 75
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting 80
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
  Total nominal hours for core units 1445
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice 65
HLTAID003 Provide first aid (compulsory) 18
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice 50
HLTENN014 Contribute to maternal and infant health care 80
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabeties 80
HLTRNL001 Support a person with chronic kidney disease (unnamed) 55
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40
  Total nominal hours for elective units 228 - 330
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1673 - 1775

*Note: Some electives may not always be available, depending on availability of clinical placement hours.

Everything you need to know to get started

Applying for HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

The HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing has two intakes per year in February and July.


If you’re interested in studying the Diploma of Nursing, please email us at We'll be in touch with more information about course requirements and the application process.

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