Diploma Of Nursing

Course Code: HLT54115
Study Area:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of online/face-to-face practical assessment. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our combination model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement. Due to the current environment and circumstances outside our control, placements may be delayed. This may then impact the completion dates for this course and deferment of graduation.

In just 24 months, our nationally accredited course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to practice as an enrolled nurse. You will gain hands-on learning experience in our Health and Community Centre of Excellence simulation wards as well as four course placement rotations.

You will be required to undertake eleven weeks of approved clinical placement. It is mandatory that all students undertaking clinical placement.

A venue may refuse to accept a student for placement, based on the police check and or their immunization status.

Upcoming intakes:

Bendigo City campus

Start date: February 2021

End Date: December 2022.

Days of attendance: Monday, Tuesday , Wednesday 9 am-3.30 pm

This course is also delivered and assessed by the Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS)-days of attendance TBC

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Classroom- 2 - Year/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Chronic care nurse
  • Community services worker
  • Mental health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Palliative care nurse
  • Perioperative worker
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • Aged care worker
  • Nursing assistant

  • Vetassess Test
  • Police Check and WWC
  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • English Language Skills Requirements

Course overview

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 provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A life span approach underpins this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units. A graduate from the 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 www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Governments FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Logbook/Diary
  • Demonstration
  • Case Study
  • Role Play
  • Field Work
  • Presentation
  • Assignment
  • Project
  • Written test
  • Practical

Learning options
  • Online
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas
  • Nursing as a profession
  • Legal & ethical considerations
  • Communication skills
  • Infection control & work health safety
  • Cultural safety
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Pathophysiology (disease process)
  • Medication Administration

Further study opportunities
  • Bachelor of Nursing


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$7,500.00
Concession - average total course fee*$1,500.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,357.50
B.   Materials average fee**$481.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$193.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 20/10/2020 12:10 PM

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