Diploma of Nursing

Nurses play an essential role in the healthcare system

A career in nursing can be extremely rewarding and enable you to make a difference in the lives of others. Nurses are involved in various health care activities designed to provide care to people with acute, chronic and complex health conditions. You’ll be entering a growing industry essential to supporting individuals, families and communities.

HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Become one of the world's most employable graduates


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  • Work as an Enrolled Nurse: after completion and registration you'll be able to begin working as an Enrolled Nurse​.
  • Explore your industry options: 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.

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. A range of entry requirements are applicable to ensure academic suitability for the course. Please visit the Diploma of Nursing Course Finder page to view the entry requirements for domestic and international applicants, as applicable.

There are two intakes a year:

  • February
  • July

For a complete list of course dates, 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.​
  • 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.​

Teaching Locations

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

UOW Wollongong campus UOW South Western Sydney (Liverpool) campus

Pathways to UOW

Students who successfully complete the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing are eligible to apply for the UOW Bachelor of Nursing. If admission is approved, students will be awarded 48 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing (entry into the second year).

Package offers

Package offers are available, providing students with an opportunity to receive an offer for this course and the Bachelor of Nursing at UOW. If you receive a package offer, you will have a guaranteed* pathway to the Bachelor of Nursing. Applicants will need to successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) and provide evidence of current NMBA registration with AHPRA will be granted admission into the second year of the course. If you receive a package offer, your Bachelor of Nursing course will be subject to the conditions on outlines on your offer letter.


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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Meet Ebony

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.EbonyDiploma of Nursing student

* Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements.