Course Code:


Course title:

Diploma of Nursing


Melbourne and Ballarat- February and July each year


Full time – 4 days per week (and self-directed learning)
Part time – 2 days per week (and self-directed learning )


Blended Learning that focuses on Face to face classes and with some online delivery Practical lab sessions and clinical placement

Study mode:

Face to face classes
Practical placement

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This  qualification 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.  You will develop an appreciation for evidence-based nursing practice and  will strengthen your clinical decision-making and reflective skills, your  caring behaviours, and empathy for others across a range of health care  settings and multidisciplinary teams

A  graduate from this Diploma of Nursing program with be equip with the essential  nursing skills and knowledge that are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery  Board of Australia (NMBA) and is able to apply for registration with the NMBA  as an enrolled nurse. Further information on registration is available at

Key features of the course

  • a commitment to quality in teaching for justice and equity and for the dignity of all people
  • promoting adult learning principles in a supported adult learning environment by current industry training staff
  • learn through a combination of theoretical and simulation activities
  • access to our simulated clinical environments
  • learning outcomes to focus on person-centred care and holistic nursing practice
  • assessments combine written and online, case studies, tests, practical demonstrations in a simulated environment and on professional experience placement (PEP)
  • 400 hours of PEP includes aged care, rehabilitation, sub-acute and acute care settings
  • access to a range of student activities in a university environment
  • access to free academic skills support, counselling and career advice
  • successful completion of the course leading to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration as an enrolled nurse

Further Study and Career pathways

  • Registration with AHPRA on successful completion of the qualification
  • Direct entry pathway into ACU Bachelor of Nursing to become a registered nurse (capped)
  • Employment pathway as an enrolled nurse in many settings including hospitals (acute), mental health, aged care, community setting, etc.

Entry requirements

Interested applicants must apply directly to ACU College

  • Year 12 or eqv, with English
  • Special consideration with evidence will be considered for Non-Year 12 applicants
  • Students must be over 18 years at 1st placement

All interested applicants are required to participate in a Pre-Training Review which includes an information session, an LLN assessment and interview. Applicants are required to achieve an ACSF Exit Level of 3 in the core skill areas of reading and numeracy.

English language skills entry requirements

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard as a mandatory requirement for enrolment in this course. This is a specified in the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards 2017.

These standards have been updated in July 2020. Prospective students to be admitted to ANMAC accredited Diploma of Nursing program whose primary language is English must sign a declaration confirming this. All other students must provide valid English language test results as specified in the NMBA English Language Standards 2017

Proof of this English language competency can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Primary language pathway

Your primary language is English, and you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education, including at least two years between Years 7 and 12. Countries include:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  1. English language test pathway

You have demonstrated achievement of the required minimum scores in one of the approved English language tests as specified in the NMBA’s English language skills registration standard prior to acceptance of offer.

  • IELTS the 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).
  • the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • the 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).
  • the 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.

The above test results will be accepted from one sitting only. Test results will also be accepted from a maximum of 2 sittings in six (6) months but this pathway specifies additional requirements.

Further information

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course.

Details of the inherent requirements are listed on the following linked website:

If there are any activities listed on the above link which you wish to discuss regarding the support or adjustments that may be required to demonstrate these abilities, would you kindly contact the Counselling and Disability Service.

Immunisation and compliance Requirements

Students who are successful in obtaining a place in the Diploma of Nursing Program must meet a number of immunisation and legal requirements on commencement of their program. All the information will be provided during orientation.

Students are also required to present evidence of a successful National Police Records Check and hold a valid Working with Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of the program. More information will be provided during orientation.

Tuition fees and funding

In Victoria, training is delivered with State and Commonwealth funding to eligible applicants. The payment method is a co-contribution model.

  • In NSW, there is currently no subsidies available, but applicants may apply for a VET Student Loan


HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing Fees and Charges

Enrolment Category (Funding status)


Training Hours

Total Cost

to You

Full Fee for Service Tuition Fee



Skills First Standard Tuition Fee


$10,495.00* to eligible applicants

Skills First Concession Tuition Fee



* The student fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  

Government contribution

* This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. The Government contribution to the delivery cost of this course is only applicable to individuals that are eligible under the Skills First program. Please note these funds are paid directly to the training


Maximum Training Hours Payable

Hourly Tuition Fee Rate

Total subsidised amount.
Government contribution
paid directly to ACU College




Amenities Fee $600.00


HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing Fees and Charges

Enrolment Category (Funding status)


Training Hours

Total Cost

to You

Full Fee for Service Tuition Fee



* The student fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  

Applicants applying to study at ACU College may apply for a VET Student loan which is capped at $15,793.00

Amenities Fee $600.00

  • Offered in Ballarat, Melbourne and North Sydney campuses of ACU College
  • Skills First subsidy available in Victoria only
  • VET Student Loan available to all eligible applicants capped at $15, 793.00
  • Student Services and Amenities fee is applicable to all applicants
  • Scheduled nominal hours is 1658
  • Textbooks and resources are not included in the fee and not a compulsory purchase.
  • Nursing students are required to purchase and ACU Shirt ($35) and Nursing Pack ($48)
  • A “Student Guide to Fees” is distributed at all Information Sessions
  • Each applicant must undertake a Pre-Training Review that includes an LLN assessment prior to enrolment.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) requirements

ACU College registers you as a student nurse with AHPRA for you to complete 400 hours of PEP. Other mandatory requirements for PEP include:

  • a declaration of your health and immunisation status
  • national Police Records Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • you must be at least 18 years of age.

RPL and Credit Transfer

ACU College recognises your acquired relevant competencies and capabilities. If you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Credit Transfer (CT), please refer to the RPL/CT policy on our website for further information. You must provide validated evidence with your application and students applying for RPL must also submit a documentary portfolio and participate in an assessment only process.

Refer to our Policies and Procedures page

Units of study

Unit CodeUnit NameUnit Hours
HLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practice 50
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
HLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice 30
HLTAID003Provide first aid 18
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status 90
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25
HLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans 110
HLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care50
HLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care system100
HLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older person75
HLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions60
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120
HLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs90
HLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy250
HLTENN010Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice50
HLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment45
HLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems50
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information60
HLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems70
HLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting80
HLTENN025Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes80
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
HLTWHS006Manage personal stressors in the work environment25
BSBWOR404Develop work priorities40


Students may be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Nursing at ACU in all Diploma of Nursing units. Diploma of Nursing graduates at ACU who gain entry to the Bachelor of Nursing will also receive credit points.

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