Diploma of Nursing

Diploma of Nursing

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 18 months (3 Sessions) 
Course Code: HLT54115
CRICOS - 094531F
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Course Description

Nursing is one of the most sought after and rewarding careers in healthcare today. Working as part of a professional team, Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse in a variety of healthcare environments to provide clinical care and emotional support to their patients. With the UOW College Diploma of Nursing you will learn how to communicate effectively with patients and other staff, administer and monitor medications, manage the care of wounds and prepare health assessments and care plans. You will also benefit from on-the-job clinical placements in which you will work as part of a team and under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

The program is designed to assist students to progressively develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes for practice as an Enrolled Nurse. Students will be facilitated and supported in their development through presentation of evidence-based academic content, clinical and laboratory simulations, and participation in clinical placement.

Students will be required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week.

The UOW College HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the UOW College Diploma of Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an Enrolled Nurse. Further information on registration is available at AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Entry Requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements

There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

  • Completed HSC (or equivalent Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or international equivalent, OR
  • A Certificate IV or international equivalent (deemed as equivalent to completion of Year 12).
International entry requirements
  • Completed HSC (or equivalent Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or international equivalent, OR
  • A Certificate IV or international equivalent (deemed as equivalent to completion of Year 12).
  • IELTS 7.0 Academic (minimum 7.0 in all bands) or equivalent.

All applicants meeting the above entry requirements will be further assessed before an offer is made. This is to ensure the highest possible academic standard within the student cohort in the context of high demand and limited places for this course.

If the above entry requirements are not met, students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Important: International students considering application for recognition of an overseas nursing qualification are advised to contact AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Important Pre Departure Information.

Mandatory Requirements for All Students

Important: All applicants seeking initial registration as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia, including international applicants, must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills. Further information regarding the English Language Skills Standards is available at the AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Privacy and the National Student register

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, all students enrolled in an approved nursing or midwifery course of study must be registered for the duration of study or until they are no longer enrolled in an approved course of study. This register is a closed register and is not available to the public. For further information refer to the AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Mandatory Documentation
The Healthcare Industry requires that all students going on clinical placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation.
  1. National Police Check
    Please refer to the NSW Police Force Criminal Records Section
    International applicants will require further supporting documentation from their home country. View these important video explanations.
  2. Immunisation Documentation
    All students must present evidence of full immunisation or have commenced the vaccination regime at time of enrolment. Please refer to the NSW Health Policy directive for further information about immunisation requirements.

Students will not be permitted to attend mandatory clinical placement without current police check and immunisation documents. Students will undergo NSW Health verification for clearance to be eligible to attend clinical placement in a NSW Health facility. This will occur soon after enrolment.

Please be aware that NSW Health policy may change between enrolment and clinical placement. Students will be advised about any additional documentation required.

Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and are at the students' own expense.

UOW College strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.

Units of Study

Students are required to successfully complete 25 units of competency and a minimum 400 hours clinical placement to complete this qualification.

Code Subject Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning in nursing care
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care system
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.


Students are required to attend classes at the University of Wollongong, Main Campus three days per week. The course is delivered full-time for 18 months (3 sessions) and incorporates a variety of delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face lectures and workshops.
  • Online content (please note: students require proficient computing skills to be able to access online materials and navigate around an online learning environment)
  • Practical skills development in the UOW nursing simulation laboratory.
  • Hands on experience during clinical placement. 

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.

Clinical Placements

Students are required to:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement throughout the duration of their course. During placement, students will be required to attend 5 days per week, participating in a variety of shifts (morning shifts may start as early as 6.00am and evening shifts may finish as late as 11.00pm).
  • Attend clinical placement each session to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge within a workplace setting.
  • Organise their own transport to and from the placement facilities.
  • Organise leave with their employer (if applicable) to attend clinical placement.
  • Plan financially for their unpaid clinical placement period.


A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence. These may include:

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role plays
  • Visual presentations
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks
  • Observations in the workplace

Progression To UOW

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing are invited to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing at UOW via UAC. Students are required to meet UOW entry requirements to be considered for admission. Bachelor of Nursing entry requirements can be viewed at CourseFinder. Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing and satisfying the UOW entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the Bachelor of Nursing; applications will be subject to established Faculty assessment practices. Successful applicants with a Diploma of Nursing qualification may also be eligible for credit for prior learning on the basis of their previous studies and are encouraged to apply for credit at the time of application for admission. Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing may also use this qualification to apply for a range of Bachelor degrees at UOW. See UOW Course Finder for information on eligible degrees.

Payment Options

  1. VET Student Loans*
  2. Upfront payment by course or session
  3. Pay by instalment plan
  4. Equity places available

* VET Student Loans is available to domestic students only. Eligibility criteria apply; VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who do meet eligibility requirements. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Additional Costs Not Included in Course Fee

  • Textbooks
  • Costs associated with clinical placement
  • Travel and parking
  • Nursing equipment e.g. fob watch.
  • Additional uniform requirements – long black pants/knee length skirt and appropriate footwear (UOW College branded polo shirts and badges are provided for clinical placement and laboratory sessions).
  • Mandatory documentation
  • Immunisation
Last reviewed: 30 October, 2017