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|Study Mode||Full-time, On Campus|
|Timetable||Three days on-campus per week with additional self-directed learning|
The Diploma of Nursing provides the skills and knowledge to work as a safe and competent Enrolled Nurse providing quality nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. Successful completion of this course will enable the graduate to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
This course recognises that the holistic care of a person is based on the uniqueness of individuals physiological, psychological, social/cultural, spiritual and developmental health care needs throughout the life span. The impact of chronic and complex conditions is recognised and that nursing care encompasses self-management and the emphasis on wellness through purposeful interventions.
Health is recognised as holistic, dynamic in nature, and culturally driven. Nursing focuses on the provision of care that meets a person’s multidimensional holistic health care needs over the life span.
This comprehensive course has a strong practical and applicable focus preparing graduates for current and safe work practices as an Enrolled Nurse. The program utilises a variety of teaching methods to address the learning needs of the student. These include problem based learning through tutorials, lectures, on line learning, practical skill simulation labs and clinical placement in a variety of healthcare environments.
The knowledge and skills gained from this program will provide the student with a pathway to various exciting career opportunities within the healthcare industry.
The Diploma of Nursing is made of 25 units that cover the broad spectrum of learning required for a medication and intravenous endorsed enrolled nurse. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a safe and competent enrolled nurse in any health care setting ranging from aged care to acute hospital settings. You will learn how to link your theory to practice, going from a classroom setting to the simulation lab and clinical placement. On completion of the Diploma of Nursing, you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which will enable you to work as an Enrolled nurse in Australia.
On completion of the Diploma of Nursing, you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which will enable you to work as an Enrolled nurse within Australia. You will be able to work across a wide range of healthcare settings including aged care, acute hospital settings, community settings, medical clinics and pathology clinics, with many more opportunities becoming available to enrolled nurses.
Please note: it is a requirement upon enrolment into the Diploma of Nursing course that you are registered with AHPRA as Diploma of Nursing students. For further information on the registration requirements view the Factsheet and FAQ for student registration.
This course offers a pathway into a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus.
Clinical placement opportunities are integrated into the course to support the development and consolidation of skills and knowledge within the nursing environment enabling the safe application of theory into practice. Four hundred and forty hours of clinical placement across various clinical areas (Aged Care, Community, Mental Health, Sub-acute and Acute) are a mandatory and essential aspect of the course. This is not only an opportunity to experience different perspectives in the nursing profession but also allows you to recognise where you believe you would like to work in the future…and an opportunity for the healthcare facilities to recruit excellent nurses.
You will have a clinical placement briefing before each placement to examine the objectives that are applicable to each specific placement. You will be assisted to set personal and professional learning objectives and are expected to maintain a reflective journal to assist the development of reflective and critical thinking skills. Throughout the clinical placement, you are "buddied" with Registered Nurses who facilitate with clinical support and supervision. The SWTAFE Clinical Placement Coordinator will also be available to discuss any concerns and will conduct placement visits throughout the year.
A clear Police Check and Working with Children Check is required to attend clinical placement. Health Facilities also require proof of a current Immunisation Record for COVID19 and influenza. Please discuss this with the Program Coordinator if you have any concerns.
Placement occurs across a wide range of locations and there is an expectation that you will travel for placement if required. Placement is unpaid work experience and you are responsible for all associated costs such as accommodation, meals etc. whilst on placement.
An information session is the first step to apply to study nursing
Applications for the February 2023 intake at our Warrnambool campus are now closed. Our next intake is July 2023 at our Warrnambool campus.
Applications for the February 2023 intake at our Hamilton campus are still open. If you are interested in studying nursing in Hamilton in February please register your interest on our website and we will be in contact with you shortly to discuss next steps.
Interested in starting to study nursing in July 2023?
If you are interested in applying to study the Diploma of Nursing to start July 2023, you’ll need to attend one of our upcoming information sessions in May. These information sessions cover everything you need to know about nursing studies, and are a mandatory first step to applying for this course.
You will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and have all your questions answered. You’ll gain an insight into nursing and specific details of the course, along with hours of study, placement and pathway opportunities and how to start your application to study with SWTAFE.
Register below for an information session
Hamilton campus - Tuesday 9 May at 12.30pm or 5.30pm
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Warrnambool campus - Wednesday 10 May at 12.30pm or 5.30pm
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Virtual via Zoom - Thursday 11 May at 12.30pm or 5.30pm
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Entry Requirements for this course include;
Applicants must be able to provide the following as part of their enrolment into the Diploma of Nursing.
Please note: South West TAFE will only grant credit for HLTENN units from ANMAC approved Diploma of Nursing courses.
This course is currently in transition.
The course code, title, units and content may change. Further information will be provided upon enrolment or during your studies.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40||$0.00|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||25||$0.00|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||120||$0.00|
|HLTAAP002||Confirm physical health status||90||$0.00|
|HLTAAP003||Analyse and respond to client health information||60||$0.00|
|HLTENN035||Practise nursing within the Australian health care system||75||$0.00|
|HLTENN036||Apply communication skills in nursing practice||50||$0.00|
|HLTENN037||Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care||50||$0.00|
|HLTENN038||Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care||110||$0.00|
|HLTENN039||Apply principles of wound management||60||$0.00|
|HLTENN040||Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy||275||$0.00|
|HLTENN041||Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice||30||$0.00|
|HLTENN042||Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions||60||$0.00|
|HLTENN043||Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions||150||$0.00|
|HLTENN044||Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions||60||$0.00|
|HLTENN045||Implement and monitor care of the older person||75||$0.00|
|HLTENN047||Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting||80||$0.00|
|HLTENN068||Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice||70||$0.00|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures||25||$0.00|
|HLTINF006||Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control||25||$0.00|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care||25||$0.00|
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately||60||$0.00|
|CHCPOL003||Research and apply evidence to practice||65||$0.00|
|HLTAHA023||Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education||55||$0.00|
|HLTAID011||Provide First Aid||18||$50.00|
|HLTENN057||Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes||80||$0.00|
|HLTWHS006||Manage personal stressors in the work environment||25||$0.00|
This course involves accredited units. You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes. A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment.
Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms. Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance. You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.
Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.
Complete a Pre-Training Review
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Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
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If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.
Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.
Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements. Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :
There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances).
The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.
|Course fees by student type||Indicative Course Fee|
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)||$11,600.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$26,880.00|
Students who are eligible for Free TAFE place will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more about Free TAFE courses and eligibility or contact our Customer Service team.
A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.
|Additional course fees||Indicative Course Fee|
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)||$955.00|
Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books (eg uniform, stationery, textbooks). Some of these items are optional and some are mandatory. You can purchase these items from Campion Education, second-hand or via another supplier. Click here to find out more.
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Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.
Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.
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