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Diploma of Nursing


Gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for employment in the health care sector as an Enrolled Nurse, working under supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Course Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Enrolled 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:


Practise Nursing within the Australian Health Care System


Apply communication skills in Nursing practice


Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care


Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans


Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs


Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment


Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy


Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions


Implement and monitor care of a person with acute health problems


Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems


Implement and monitor care of the older person


Apply nursing practice in the primary health setting


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Analyse and respond to client health information


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Work with diverse people


Elective Units:


Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice 


Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes


Provide First Aid


Develop Work Priorities


Research and apply evidence to practice


Course Fees

Concession - $0.00

Government Subsidised - $0.00

Full Rate - $0.00

Please refer to Fee Schedule for Fee Type and Course Fee breakdowns.

  • Course fees include all materials and resources required. Please note, there is a non-refundable administration fee of $100.00 required to secure enrolment.
  • You may be eligible for state funding through the *Skills First Program incentives if this course is completed via a traineeship.
*Skills First Program Eligibility

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

For further information regarding funding under the Skill First program visit:

Your eligibility will be assessed on an individual basis during pre-training interview.

Training Pathways


HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse

Advanced Diploma

HLT64115 - Advanced Diploma of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse

Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse entry) 

Bachelor of Nursing - Registered Nurse


The program will be delivered in three Semesters - over 18 months as a full-time program.

Students will attend face-to-face classes 3 days per week between 9 am and 4 pm and be expected to undertake an additional 8 hours per week of unstructured, self-study.

The program includes 11 weeks of Professional Experience Placement (PEP) totalling 440 hours completed over each of the three semesters.

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 activities, online activities and self-paced learning.

Professional Experience Placement

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.

  • Semester 1 placement is 3 weeks duration
  • Semester 2 placement is 4 weeks duration
  • Semester 3 placement is 4 weeks duration


Students are required to provide the following documentation prior to undertaking professional experience placement.

  • Police Check 
  • Working with Children Check 
  • Immunisation evidence  


To achieve qualification, the student will need to:

  • Successfully complete compulsory practical training and observation in the workplace for a minimum of 440 hours.
  • Successfully complete all assessment activities associated with unit content throughout the program.


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

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Application Requirements

This course is open to candidates 18 years of age and over.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) have introduced an admission requirement that assesses a student’s English language skills. View the requirements for the English language skills registration standard

This English language requirement must be demonstrated prior to entry into the Diploma of Nursing and you will be asked to complete documentation during the application process. 

As the qualification also leads to registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), applicants are also expected to comply with all the requirements set by AHPRA upon graduation View the AHPRA English Language Skills Registration Standards and the AHPRA Criminal History Registration Standards.

Process to Apply

Contact Alpine Institute to register your interest

Please call (03) 5751 9400 or click on the Apply Now button below regarding an expression of interest in this course.

Alpine Institute will send an Application Pack which includes:

  • Pre Training Review Form
  • 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 Pre Training Interview

Make an appointment with Alpine Institute on (03) 5751 9400 or

The Pre Training Interview will consist of the following:

  • Pre Training Review Form discussion
  • Completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) via VETASSESS to review and determine additional support needs and suitability to complete the course
  • 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, a 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 Credit Transfer 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.

For more information please refer to the RPL Procedure

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 certificates 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 either:

  • A certified National Criminal History Record, or
  • A receipt indicating that application for a National Criminal History Record has been made within a six months currency.
  • 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 course commencement.
  • VETASSESS Testing: Attain at least Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 4 in reading, writing, learning, and oral communication and ACSF Level 3 in numeracy for program entry.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of nursing work, particularly the requirements of manual handling.

Next Training Dates

All 2019 Certificate Courses III start in February 2019, with ongoing intakes throughout the year. More information on First Aid & CPR, Short Courses and other Community Education can be found at Training Dates.

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