Diploma Of Nursing

Course Code: HLT54121
Study Area:

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


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

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Hand-Writing Assessment with ACSF Level 4 in all components
  • National Police Record Check must be dated within 12 months of practical placement
  • A valid Working with Children Check
  • NMBA English Language Skills Requirements
  • Up to date immunisations including Mandatory COVID-19 and Fluvax
  • A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check Cost to student $121.10 (as at 15/12/2021); valid for 5 years

English Language Requirement:

  • To meet the English Language Skills requirement you must provide evidence before enrolment of one of the following:
    • English is your primary language and you have attended and completed six years of primary and secondary education, in a recognised country, including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12.
    • If English is not your primary language you need to provide a valid ELS test (results must be valid for 2 years before enrolment). An example, if you completed an ELS test in 2019 your results will be valid or if you completed an ELS test in 2017 your results will not be valid.
  • Evidence of IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), OR
  • Evidence of OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), OR
  • Evidence of PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), OR
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

*Recognised country means one of the following: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Course overview

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Bendigo TAFE's Vaccination Policy

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.

Upcoming intake:

Bendigo City campus

Start date: 19 July 2022

End Date: July 2024

Days of attendance: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

PLEASE NOTE: This is a very popular course and places are limited.

You will be required to undertake eleven weeks of approved clinical placement.

This course is also delivered and assessed by the Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS), next intake 2023.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

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. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. 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. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement.

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 and ethical considerations
  • Communication skills
  • Infection control and work health safety
  • Cultural safety
  • Anatomy and 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
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
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*$17,335.50
Concession - average total course fee*$3,467.10
Full fee - average total course fee*$32,466.28
B.   Materials average fee**$388.40
C.   Consumables average fee**$123.00
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

This page was last updated on 1/07/2022 9:02 PM