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Diploma Of Nursing

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The course will prepare you for employment as an enrolled nurse, working under the supervision of a registered nurse. You will learn to deliver nursing care for people across the health sector, gaining relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified in the units you will study.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course will mean you are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an enrolled nurse.

Course in Transition - Diploma of Nursing

The Diploma of Nursing HLT54115 qualification has been superseded by Diploma of Nursing HLT54121. Alpine Health is transitioning to the new qualification and course and unit codes will change for our next intake. We will update our website and all course information when the new qualification is available for application. All expressions of interest will be for the new qualification, and you will be notified when the application process is open for our next intake.

Expressions of Interest for 2023

We are currently taking expressions of interest for a March 2023 intake (course dates to be confirmed and minimum numbers apply).

Career Opportunities

As an Enrolled Nurse, you have the opportunity to work across the health sector. 

The Diploma of Nursing covers the nursing skills and knowledge required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled nurse.


At the successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised HLT54115 – Diploma of Nursing under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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Training Pathways


  • HLT64121 - Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)

Bachelor of Nursing

  • Enrolled Nurse entry - Bachelor of Nursing (Registered Nurse) 

Course Content

There are 25 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. There are 20 core units and 5 elective units:

Core Units:

HLTENN001         Practise Nursing within the Australian Health Care System

HLTENN002         Apply communication skills in Nursing practice

HLTENN003         Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care

HLTENN004         Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans

HLTENN005         Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs

HLTENN006         Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment

HLTENN007         Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy

HLTENN008         Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

HLTENN009         Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions

HLTENN011         Implement and monitor care of a person with acute health problems

HLTENN012         Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems

HLTENN013         Implement and monitor care of the older person

HLTENN015         Apply nursing practice in the primary health setting

HLTINF001           Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

HLTWHS002        Follow safe work practices for direct client care

HLTAAP003         Analyse and respond to client health information

CHCPRP003       Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCDIV002         Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCDIV001         Work with diverse people

HLTAAP002         Confirm physical health status


Elective Units:

HLTENN068        Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice

HLTENN025        Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

HLTWHS006       Manage personal stressors in the work environment

CHCAGE005       Provide support to people living with dementia 

CHCPOL003        Research and apply evidence to practice


  • The program will be delivered in 4 Sessions - over 18 months as a full-time program.
  • Students will attend classes 4 days a week between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm
    • 3 days face-to-face and the 4th day as an online tutorial
    • They are also expected to undertake approximately 4 hours per week of self-directed learning.
  • The program includes a total of 11 weeks of Professional Experience Placement (PEP).

Delivery Method

This course is delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching workshops, self-study learning materials, and ongoing tutor support and mentoring. Students are required to undertake workbook and online activities and self-paced learning.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

  • You will be required to complete 440 hours (11 weeks) of Professional Experience Placement (PEP) in a health service environment during the Diploma program. This professional experience placement is unpaid. Alpine Institute will organise placement within Alpine Health or other Health Services.
  • Placement will be in block mode, linked to the content covered in each semester.
    • Session 1 placement is 2 weeks
    • Session 2 placement is 2 weeks
    • Session 3 placement is 4 weeks
    • Session 4 placement is 3 weeks
  • Students are required to provide a Police Check, Working with Children check and Immunisation evidence prior to undertaking professional experience placement.


To achieve the qualification, the student will need to:

  • Successfully complete all assessments associated with unit content throughout the program
  • Successfully complete compulsory professional experience placement in the workplace for a minimum of 440 hours.

Registration standard: English language skills

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Board) requires all applicants for initial registration to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration.

This registration standard sets out how an applicant for registration can demonstrate to the Board that their competency in speaking and communicating in English is sufficient to practise nursing and/or midwifery.

This English language requirement must be confirmed prior to entry into the Diploma of Nursing.

 You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

  1. you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, including at least two years between years 7 and 12, and
  2. your tertiary qualification in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country and:
  1. in the case of an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence of having successfully completed at least a one year full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in a recognised country.

For applicants of non-English speaking background or for further information, please refer to NMBA English Language skill registration standard at:

As the qualification leads to registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), applicants are expected to comply with all the requirements set by AHPRA upon graduation. For further information access the following website for:   



Entry Requirements

Students are expected to be aged 18 years or above with a VCE Year 12 Certificate, Senior VCAL Certificate or other post-secondary school certificate at Certificate III level or higher.

Legislation requires all staff and volunteers (including Students) who work in the aged care sector and with children to undergo a police check and assessment (National Criminal History Record Check) and a recognised Working with Children Check. 

Before commencing the Diploma of Nursing students must provide:

  • A certified National Criminal History Record within 36 months currency, or
  • A receipt indicating that application for a National Criminal History Record has been made by way of a statutory declaration.
  • Evidence of a current Working with Children Check.
  • As part of a standardised assessment process, Alpine Institute will be conducting entry tests for the Diploma of Nursing to ensure that requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are met. During this test applicants will be assessed on Literacy, Numeracy, and English Writing Skills. Students must be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard as a mandatory requirement for enrolment in this program.
  • Evidence of immunisation in accordance with the Department of Health - Immunisation for Health Care Workers guidelines. Evidence of Immunisation status is required to be provided to Alpine Institute prior to  Professional Experience Placement commencement. Current COVID-19 Vaccination is required. 
  • LLN Testing: Attain at least Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3 in reading, writing, learning, and oral communication and ACSF Level 3 in numeracy for program entry. Course applicants must complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of nursing work, particularly the requirements of patient handling.
  • The ability to meet the requirements of training delivery over 4 days a week, plus an additional 4 hours of self-directed learning a week; and full-time PEP for a total of 11 weeks.
  • A current First Aid/CPR certificate must be provided before the commencement of each placement.
  • Evidence of the ability to access online learning via a personal laptop with current software programs. 

Process to Apply

Contact Alpine Institute to register your interest

Please call (03) 5751 9400 or click on the 'Register your Interest' button at the top of the page.

Alpine Institute will send an Application Pack which includes:

  • Pre Training Review Form
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing to determine additional support needs and suitability to complete the course
  • Student Information Handbook
  • Course Information

Complete the Pre Training Review Form.

This form includes candidate details and self-assessment information and will be discussed in the Pre Training Interview.

Schedule and confirm a PreTraining Interview

Make an appointment with Alpine Institute on (03) 5751 9400 or [email protected]

The Pre Training Interview will consist of the following:

  • Pre Training Review Form discussion
  • Assessments for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), National Recognition (NL), or Credit Transfer (CT) if applicable
  • Eligibility for Government Subsidised Training

Applicants will be informed in writing and email of the outcome of their application. Successful applicants will be issued with an Enrolment Form which must be completed and returned with a non-refundable $100 administration fee. Upon receipt, confirmation of enrolment will be issued.

Credit Transfer

The establishment of credit transfer is based on the student providing evidence of completion of the relevant units of competency.

Australian Qualifications and Statements of Attainment that have been issued by any other Registered Training Organisations will be recognised by Alpine Institute.

To apply for a Credit Transfer, Students must be able to present their original Qualification or Statement of Attainment with National codes and titles that match the current course in which they are enrolled.

The Institute will offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), National Recognition, and Credit Transfer (CT) to all students through the enrolment process. The enrolment process provides Students details of how to apply for RPL, National Recognition, or / CT and has documented policies and procedures for these processes.

There is no credit transfer for students who have previously competently completed units in the HLT51612 and are transitioning to HLT54115, as there are no equivalence in the units.

Students who have passed units in the previous HLT51612 and are transitioning to HLT54115 the BluePrint Project HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing Mapping Package© will be used to ascertain Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience. The purpose of this process is to identify and assess previously acquired skills and knowledge against the required competency standards.

Students wishing to apply for RPL must complete the RPL application form. Course participants applying for RPL must provide evidence to the satisfaction of Alpine Institute. This evidence must clearly indicate that the applicant is able to demonstrate all the required skills and knowledge.

Course Fees


Job Trainer Subsidised Concession: $1012.50

Subsidised Standard: $3462.50

Full Rate: $18,687.50

  • Please refer to Fee Schedule for Fee Type and Course Fee breakdowns.
  • Course fees include all materials and resources required including:
    • 2 x Polo Shirts, 1 X Tabbner’s textbook and 1 x stethoscope.
  • A non-refundable tuition deposit payment of $100 is required upon acceptance.
  • You may be eligible for Government funding through the *Skills First Program incentives.
  •  This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
  • VET Student Loans may be available to eligible individuals.
    • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements; and
    • VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid
    • For more information visit 

Course Enquiries

For further information please contact Alpine Institute, Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

03 5751 9400

[email protected]

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