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HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

National ID: HLT54121 State ID: BGW5
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This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse.

Enrolled nurses provide nursing care for people across the health care continuum and at all stages of life.

To be eligible to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse and to practice in Australia, individuals must complete a Diploma of Nursing program accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved as ‘an approved program of study’ by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) in accordance with the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards. To confirm the education provider holds the necessary accreditation check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) at

The scope of practice for enrolled nurses is determined by legislative requirements and the policies and procedures of the employing organisation.

This qualification may contribute to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) registration requirements to practice as an enrolled nurse.

Please note: This course replaces the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course.(opens in a new tab)


This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

^ Please note: Eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

RTO Entrance Requirements

All applicants who provide an expression of interest for the Diploma of Nursing course will need to attend a pre-enrolment interview for all campuses.

Students that are required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating they have achieved the NMBA specified level of English language skills, prior to commencement of the program.

Students are required to provide evidence of having sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake the program's academic and workplace experience requirements, prior to commencing the program.

All applicants will need to meet with nursing staff prior to enrolment. A selection process including Language, Literacy and Numeracy testing is required to be completed prior to being offered a position in the Diploma of Nursing.

Detailed information regarding this process is below:

English Language Evidence required for entry into the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing course.

All applicants for the Diploma of Nursing must meet the following requirements to be considered for an offer of place.

LLN Robot Assessment

All students will sit the LLN Robot assessment to assess students reading and numeracy levels. The test will be scheduled at each campus at dates and times to suit each location. This assessment will be conducted on campus under supervision of Central Regional TAFE staff in invigilated conditions. Students must provide photographic identification when presenting to complete assessment.

The report generated by the LLN Robot will indicate the exit level of the candidate. Candidates must achieve an ACSF exit level 3 in reading and numeracy to be eligible for enrolment.

In addition, applicants must meet Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requirements as follows:

Evidence of meeting at least one of the following English Language standards listed below:

1. Primary Language Pathway

You have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America. At least 2 years of study must be between years 7-12. 

Evidence required - send in your completed official statutory declaration form. See page 3 for information on what you need to include in statutory declaration.


2. English Language Test Pathway - Completion of a recognised English language test

Requirement (one of the following tests). Test must have been completed within 2 years of your application.

  • IELTS Academic – minimum score of 7 across all categories
  • OET – minimum score of B in each component
  • PTE Academic – minimum score of 65 across all categories and overall
  • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94 with minimum scores as follows – listening 24, reading 24, writing 27 and speaking 23
  • Evidence required – Submit an official copy of your test results.

Clearances required for Diploma of Nursing. 

A number of health and legal clearances and screenings are required for students entering the Diploma of Nursing course:

  • National Police Clearance Approximate cost $59-$69
  • Working with Children Check Approximate cost $11-$83 depending on employment
  • Health Department Clearance Approximate cost $33 (Price reduced if holding a current National Police Certificate)
  • Health Assessment by a General Practitioner Approximate cost $80-$120 depending on provider fees
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check Approximate cost $11

Immunisation (or evidence of immunisation and immunity) to the following:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Varicella
  • Rubella
  • MRSA
  • Influenza
  • Poliomyelitis
  • COVID-19

Hepatitis B - Students must produce evidence of at least two vaccinations to proceed to Stage 1 practical placement. Evidence of the third vaccination followed by a blood test which determines level of immunity must be received before Stage 2 practical placement. Failure to produce evidence will result in exclusion from practical placement. In the event of non-sero conversion students will be required to see the Coordinator to discuss options.

Approximate cost of screening for the above diseases includes a Doctor’s visit (can be combined with the health assessment above to save costs).  If a separate appointment approximately $80-$120.  If immunisation is required, a cost will be incurred for the vaccine, and this will vary depending on what is required. Approximate cost of $36‑$50 per immunisation depending on the provider.

Work placement

There is formal work placement for students in this qualification. Students must complete 400hrs Clinical placement to complete the qualification.

  • Stage 1 – 80 hours of placement
  • Stage 2 – 160 hours of placement (120 hours acute, 40 hours primary health)
  • Stage 3 – 160 hours of placement (80 hours acute, 40 hours mental health, 40 hours palliative)

This Clinical Placement will occur in acute and aged care facilities in the Midwest Regional and an additional 40hrs in Mental Health unit in Perth.


Upon successful completion you will receive a Diploma of Nursing.

For more information about job and career pathways, visit Jobs & Skills(opens in a new tab) .

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Semester 1, 2024

Duration 18 Months
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Geraldton
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Duration 18 Months
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Kalgoorlie
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Duration 18 Months
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Northam
How Classroom


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