HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Study HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing at HERC with ANMEC!

The Diploma of Nursing 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 competently and professionally undertake your role within a variety of health care settings.

Once qualified you will be eligible to apply to AHPRA for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

The below information outlines all you need to know to get started on the track for your new career. It covers study dates, fees, course outlines, information on how to apply and any necessary entry requirements you may need

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander &; culturally, socially and linguistically diverse background applicants are encouraged to apply.

Expressions of interest for our February 2023 course are now closed. Expressions of interest for our August/September 2023 course will re-open early 2023.

The next Diploma of Nursing course will commence in August/September 2023 (subject to change).

Expressions of interest for this course will open in early 2023. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on our enquiries register.

The HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing is delivered over 18 months in our training rooms at 182 Macquarie Street, Hobart.

The 18 months is comprised of face to face, online learning, and structured work placement of 12 weeks in total. This course requires Full Time Study – 2 days per week of face to face learning (9am to 3pm), plus the equivalent of 3 days per week self-directed learning.

There are 25 units in this course - 20 compulsory units and 5 electives. To achieve this qualification, students must have also completed a minimum of 400 hours of successful clinical placement in the aged care, acute care and mental health settings. If you have previous work experience and underpinning knowledge in this industry, you may wish to apply for Recognised Prior Learning.

Students are welcome to use our library facilities during business hours Monday to Friday.

The Diploma of Nursing has the following entry requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or above
  • Applicants are required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment with HERC. In addition, applicants will need to satisfy the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language entry requirement* prior to acceptance into this course.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of a valid National Police Check
  • Applicants must provide evidence of their valid working with vulnerable people registration/card
  • Applicants must provide evidence of immunisation compliance for clinical placement, including influenza vaccination yearly
  • COVID-19 vaccinations: You must have received your first, second and booster (or have evidence of booking to receive booster) of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination prior to course commencement.
  • Physical ability to demonstrate the manual handling skills that are a compulsory component of the course and employment

There are no prerequisites for this qualification. However, entry into this course will be highly competitive. Our enrolment team will be using selection activities based on:

  1. Evidence of preparation for Diploma level studies (academic background, prior studies at a Certificate III level)
  2. Evidence of interest in/preparation for working in the health field (work history, work experience, life experience)
  3. Literacy (ability to read and comprehend, summarise and express concepts)
  4. Numeracy (ability to carry out basic calculations involving addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentage and decimal points)

HERC will conduct suitability checks on all applicants prior to selection.

Please note

HERC are obligated under the training and RTO Standards to ensure students undertaking courses are fully informed of the course requirements and fees, and have the potential to be successful at completing the qualification and gaining employment. HERC therefore require applicants to complete a questionnaire and a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to commencing the course. You will be guided through this process as part of your enrolment requirements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and culturally and linguistically diverse background applicants are encouraged to apply.

As HERC is not CRICOS approved, we are unable to take international students on student visa's.

*‘Students that would be 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 commencing the program’ (Source: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Standard 6.1a)'

Click here to read: Standard 6.1A Requirements for Students (PDF)

Applicants will be required to take and pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment that will be held at HERC.

The LLN test endeavours to identify the skill level of the applicants by assessing:

  • general reading skills
  • the ability for the applicant to follow simple instructions
  • the ability for the applicant to perform mathematical tasks that require addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication
  • assessing reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension

We will advise you by email the time and date of your test once you have completed a compulsory expression of interest form located in the last tab at the end of this page. 

The group interview is a mandatory part of the application process.

On the day of the Group Interview, you will be asked to fill in and submit an enrolment form, before participating in a group interview held by two HERC staff members. The interview will consist of a series of questions regarding your interest in the course, why you have applied and your previous work/life experience. You will also be asked to partake in group activities to show your effective communication skills and problem solving abilities.

The Diploma of Nursing is subsidised under Skills Tasmania's Job Trainer initiative and is available at the subsidised rate of no cost for eligible students.

The following learners are eligible* for funding:

  1. job seekers, who, for the purposes of the JobTrainer Fund, are:
    • individuals out of work
    • individuals who are in receipt of income support payments
    • individuals expected to become unemployed as agreed bilaterally between the Commonwealth and the relevant State.
    • individuals who are underemployed, which is defined as employed people who would prefer and are available for more hours of work than they currently have, including part-time workers.
  2. young people aged 17 to 24 (including school leavers), regardless of their employment status.
  3. people enrolling in an aged care, childcare, or disability care qualification, regardless of age or employment status.
  4. people enrolling in digital skills qualifications, regardless of age or employment status.
  • All eligible learners will be eligible for a training place regardless of their prior qualifications.
  • Eligible learners can undertake more than one JobTrainer qualification, course or skill set funded training place.
  • An individual currently enrolled at a Tasmanian school, as defined by the Education Act 2016, is not eligible.

In accordance with the Skills Tasmania Policy Statement on Learner eligibility visa status, the following Tasmanian residents are eligible for Tasmanian Government subsidised training:

  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent residents

And Tasmanian residents who have permission for work and study in Australia and:

  • are New Zealand citizens with a Special Category Visa
  • are holders of temporary humanitarian visas
  • are Tasmanian State Sponsored skilled migrant visa holders
  • are a dependent (aged over 18) or partner (spouse) visa holder of an eligible applicant.

All other visa holders are ineligible for subsidised training. This includes all bridging visa holders and Tasmanian State Sponsored business visa holders.

*As we have limited Job Trainer Funded places available, we cannot offer every eligible candidate a funded spot. Funded places will be awarded to candidates based on their application (Expression of Interest, LLN Test results & Group Interview results). 

If you are not eligible for Job Trainer funding, please contact us for more information on the full fee paying cost.

All full fee paying students accepted into the course will be required to set up a payment plan at the beginning of the course, which will direct debit the associated fees each week/fortnight/month.

Your course fees will cover the basic materials needed for your course, (including your uniform, SIM consumables, loaning of text books, online learning resources and personal protective clothing), but in order to undertake the course, you will need to pay for the following:

  • A National Police Certificate- $42.00 - $45.00
  • A working with vulnerable people card/registration - $115.50
  • Any additional vaccinations you may require, including serology to show previous immunisation history (costs will vary)

To achieve a Diploma of Nursing, 25 units must be completed. This is comprised of 20 compulsory units, and 5 elective units.

The five elective units have been chosen as fulfilling the requirements of industry and endorsed accreditation.

Additional information relating to Enrolled Nursing can be found at https://www.anmac.org.au/

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core Unit
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core Unit
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core Unit
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Core Unit
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information Core Unit
HLTENN035 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system Core Unit
HLTENN036 Apply communication skills in nursing practice Core Unit
HLTENN037 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care Core Unit
HLTENN038 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans Core Unit
HLTENN068 Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice Core Unit
HLTENN039 Apply principles of wound management Core Unit
HLTENN040 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy Core Unit
HLTENN041 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice Core Unit
HLTENN042 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions Core Unit
HLTENN043 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions Core Unit
HLTENN044 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions Core Unit
HLTENN045 Implement and monitor care of the older person Core Unit
HLTENN047 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting Core Unit
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core Unit
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core Unit
HLTAID011 Provide first aid Elective Unit
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment Elective Unit
HLTOHC008 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health Elective Unit
HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures Elective Unit
HLTENN057 Contribute to nursing care of a person with diabetes Elective Unit

For more information on the above units, please visit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLT54121

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 nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

Before submitting an Expression of Interest form, you are asked to review the comprehensive information presented on this page. Important information on the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing course includes details of entry requirements, information sessions/group interviews, LLN, fees & payments and unit requirements for qualification.

Expression of Interest

The Feburary 2023 expressions of interest for this course are now closed.

Expressions of interest for this course will open in early 2023. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on our enquiries register.

As part of the National Australian Qualifications Framework, qualifications are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure training meets the current needs of industry. The national Diploma of Nursing qualification requirements have been reviewed and updated with the release of a superseded qualification as follows:

Existing Qualification Name New Qualification Name Transition Date
HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing 31 October 2023

ANMEC/HERC intend to offer the new qualification in the later part of 2022 - early 2023 pending the required accreditation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA),the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).  Students will not be disadvantaged by commencing the qualification currently on offer.  Existing students in this program will be given the option of either completing all study requirements (theory and clinical placement requirements) of the existing  HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification by no later than 31 October 2023 or transitioning to the new qualification.  This information will be updated regularly.  For further information please email info@herc.tas.edu.au.