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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.

The Diploma of Nursing HLT54121 has superceeded the Diploma of Nursing HLT54115.

Course Dates

  • Enrolments Close: 17 February 2023
  • Course Start: March 2023.    Course dates to be confirmed. Minimum numbers apply.


At the successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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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.

Training Pathways


  • HLT64121 - Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)

Bachelor of Nursing

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

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.


  • The program will be delivered in 4 Sessions - over 19 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 4.5 hours per week of self-directed learning.
  • The program includes a total of 11 weeks of Professional Experience Placement (PEP).

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

  • Alpine Institute will facilitate and coordinate Professional Experience Placement (PEP).
  • You will be required to complete 440 hours (11 weeks) of 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.
  • Placement is divided into sessions and students are required to
    attend Mon - Sun as per rostered staff work hours.
    • Session 1 placement is 1 week
    • Session 2 placement is 2 weeks
    • Session 3 placement is 5 weeks
    • Session 4 placement is 3 weeks
  • Students are required to provide a Police Check, Working with
    Children Check, Immunisation evidence and NDIS worker screening
    prior to undertaking professional experience placement.
  • Some travel will be required which may incur travel and
    accommodation costs to the student if PEP is in areas outside of the
    local region.
  • Course dates may be extended to allow for the completion of


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.

Course Content

There are 25 units of competency that must be successfully completed to achieve the qualification HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. There are 20 core units and 5 elective units:

Core Units:

  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTENN035  - Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
  • HLTENN036 - Apply communication skills in nursing practice
  • HLTENN037 - Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
  • HLTENN038 - Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care
  • HLTENN039 - Apply principles of wound management
  • HLTENN040  - Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
  • HLTENN041 - Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
  • HLTENN042 - Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
  • HLTENN043 - Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions
  • HLTENN044 - Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions
  • HLTENN045 - Implement and monitor care of the older person
  • HLTENN047 - Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
  • HLTENN068 - Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units:

  • CHCAGE005  - Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
  • HLTENN057 - Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes
  • HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • HLTENN061 - Apply nursing practice in the contemporary aged care setting

Course Fees


Job Trainer Subsidised Concession: $2,795.55

Subsidised Standard: $3,828.75

Full Rate: $19,880.25

  • 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 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.

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

First Nations people, people with a disability, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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 & Assessment (National Criminal History Record Check),a recognised Working With Children Check and NDIS Worker Screening Check.

Before commencing the Diploma of Nursing students must provide:

  • A certified National Criminal History Record, 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 and NDIS Worker Screening Check.
  • As part of a standardised assessment process, Alpine Institute will be conducting entry tests for the Diploma of Nursing to ensure that the 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 including 3rd dose / booster is a requirement.
  • CSPA 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.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of nursing work, particularly the requirements of manual patient handling.
  • The ability to meet the requirements of training delivery over 4 days a week, plus an additional 4-6 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 placement.
  • Evidence of the ability to access online learning via a personal laptop with current software programs.
  • Uniform requirements.

Credit Transfers

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.

Alpine Institute will only grant credit for HLTENN units from ANMAC approved Diploma of Nursing courses.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Process to Apply

Alpine Institute will send an Application Pack which includes:

  • Pre Training Review Form
  • Student Program Handbook
  • Course information & instructions on how to apply
  • Pre-training interview dates


Students to email the Alpine Institute the following in order to confirm their interest:

  • A cover letter with a brief explanation as to why you are wanting to undertake the Diploma of Nursing course including why you are choosing to study with Alpine Institute.
  • A CV including previous work and experiences.
  • Completed the Pre -Training Review Form. This form includes candidate details and self-assessment information and will be discussed in the Pre-Training Interview.

The Pre Training Interview will consist of the following:

  • Pre-Training Review Form discussion.
  • Completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Review to 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 following the pre-training review process.

Successful applicants will be issued with an Enrolment Form which must be completed and returned with a non-refundable $100 fee. Upon receipt, a confirmation of email will be issued to the student confirming their successful enrolment.

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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