National code: HLT54121

Diploma of Nursing

Nurses play an essential role in the healthcare system

Do you have a passion for helping others? A career in nursing can be an incredibly fulfilling experience, allowing you to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. You'll also be entering a thriving industry that plays a crucial role in supporting individuals, families, and entire communities. With nursing, you'll be a part of a growing field that is essential in ensuring the health and wellbeing of countless people. HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

Why study with us?

Studying Nursing at UOW College prepares you for a lifelong career in healthcare. Benefit from small class sizes and a range of academic and personal support services. Our dedicated trainers are here to prepare students for success in their nursing careers or further studies at the bachelor level.

Course details

The HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing is an 18 month, full time program. This includes a minimum mandatory 400 hours of clinical work placement throughout the duration of the course, across four (4) placement experiences. 

There is no ATAR requirement for this course, however there are a range of entry requirements to ensure academic suitability.

To view the full entry requirements for domestic and international students, please visit the Diploma of Nursing Course Finder page.

Session Classes start Days of attendance Applications close
February 2024 29 January 2024 Wed-Fri (Wollongong & Liverpool) 14 January 2024 
July 2024 15 July 2024

Mon-Wed (Wollongong)
Tues-Thurs (Liverpool)

30 June 2024

For a complete list of important dates for each session, check our Key Dates page.

  • Receive a nationally recognised qualification upon successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course.​
  • On completing the Diploma of Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Clinical work placements: students will undertake a minimum mandatory 400 hours of clinical work placement throughout the duration of the course, across four placement experiences. UOW College will arrange all clinical work placement experiences with healthcare facilities.​ Where clinical placement experiences are conducted at Ramsey, Healthe Care or Healthscope facilities, student assessment will be conducted by the host facility. For all other clinical placement experiences, UOW College trainers will attend the facility to provide student support and conduct student assessment.
  • Clinical simulation labs: learn in our clinical simulation laboratories to to practice your skills and knowledge in a simulated environment prior to application on real patients during clinical placement experiences.​

Choose your campus

The Diploma of Nursing can be studied at either the UOW Wollongong campus, or UOW Liverpool campus. Find out more about the campuses below:

UOW Wollongong campus UOW Liverpool campus

Career options and study pathways

Work as an Enrolled Nurse

After completion the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing and registering with NMBA, you'll be able to begin working as an Enrolled Nurse​. This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

As an Enrolled Nurse, you'll provide nursing care to patients in a variety of health, aged care, welfare and community settings, in many cases under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

A growing workforce: health care is the biggest provider of new jobs in Australia and is projected to contribute 14.9% of employment growth from 2018 to 2023.

Students who successfully complete the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing are provided guaranteed* entry into the second year of the UOW Bachelor of Nursing. Students must provide evidence of current NMBA registration with AHPRA before progressing.

Package offer

A package offer means that a student can receive an offer for the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing and the UOW Bachelor of Nursing at the same time. If you receive a package offer, you will have a guaranteed pathway to into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing subject to the successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing and provide evidence of current NMBA registration with AHPRA. Read more progression requirements to UOW on the School of Nursing page.

*Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements.

Fees and Scholarships

If you are a domestic student, you may be eligible for a government loan or subsidy. Scholarships are also available to eligible domestic and international students. There’s never been a better time to get started on your education journey.

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Nursing students working in simulation lab with patient

Our stories

Learning more about what its like to study Nursing at UOW College through the eyes of both students and trainers.

Start your nursing career

Why study with us?

I chose to study the Diploma of Nursing because I wanted to complete my studies in an small classroom environment with a close group of peers. After I graduate from UOW College, I intend on using my career ready qualification to work in a hospital, while I also study my Bachelor of Nursing, to further my knowledge in this field. Ebony Diploma of Nursing student

* Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements.