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What will I learn?

Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to provide caring, compassionate and effective nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This course focuses on integrating theory with practice, giving you the skills to problem solve and work in a collaborative team environment.

Course Notes

Applicants with only Year 10 or overseas equivalent will need to complete both the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and the Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies to gain entry into the Diploma of Nursing.

During classes and placement students will need to wear the TAFE SA T-shirt and adhere to uniform requirements, including non-slip waterproof enclosed shoes.

This qualification satisfies the academic requirements to be eligible to apply for registration through AHPRA.

*University Packaged offers at the University of South Australia are available for July intake only.

#University Packaged offers at University of Adelaide are available both the January and July intake.

For the UniSA Packaged course -

Provision of evidence to UniSA of registration as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). International students who complete the Diploma of Nursing must be registered as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to be eligible for 36 units credit into the Bachelor of Nursing. If you do not intend to get registration with the NMBA on completion of your Diploma, please advise UniSA International so you can be provided with a new offer including reduced credit of 18 units.

Work Placement Duration: 400 hours

Professional Placement Experience for a total of 400 hours minimum will be required to complete the qualification. This will occur across a range of clinical setting including but not limited to: residential aged care, primary health and acute medical and surgical areas. Prior to work placement, international students will be required to apply for and successfully receive a National Police Clearance and the following South Australian Department of Human Services Screenings: working with children, disability, aged and vulnerable persons. Students will also need to show evidence for up to 7 Vaccinations or proven history of immunity and have a current First Aid Certificate (which is a unit within this qualification). More details will be made available after commencement.

Employment Outcomes

Career opportunities include working as an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled Nurses are employed across a variety of health care contexts including acute, community, aged care, and residential, rural and remote settings.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)

Knowledge and skills will be developed in areas including communication, cultural diversity, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, acute and chronic health disorders, clinical nursing skills and medication management.

To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 20 core units and 5 elective units.

Which department am I in?

Health and Lifestyle

CRICOS

093597G

Study options

Full Time (78 weeks)

Tuition fees
A$16,266.60 (8,85,016) per year
Fee Totals: AUD $24,400; Semester 1: AUD $8,134; Semester 2: AUD $8,133; Semester 3: AUD $8,133; Incidental Fees: AUD $1,500; International students will be required to pay for their own screenings, checks, vaccinations, First Aid Certificate (if it expires during your TAFE SA studies), site uniforms and shoes at approximately AUD $1,000-AUD $1,500. For studies on campus students will need to purchase a TAFE SA T-shirt at a cost of AUD $30 each
Start date

Expected July 2022

Venue

TAFE SA

Adelaide City Campus,

120 Currie Street,

ADELAIDE,

South Australia,

5000, ADELAIDE, Australia

Full Time (78 weeks)

Tuition fees
A$16,266.60 (8,85,016) per year
Fee Totals: AUD $24,400; Semester 1: AUD $8,134; Semester 2: AUD $8,133; Semester 3: AUD $8,133; Incidental Fees: AUD $1,500; International students will be required to pay for their own screenings, checks, vaccinations, First Aid Certificate (if it expires during your TAFE SA studies), site uniforms and shoes at approximately AUD $1,000-AUD $1,500. For studies on campus students will need to purchase a TAFE SA T-shirt at a cost of AUD $30 each
Start date

Expected July 2022

Venue

Gilles Plains Campus

33 Blacks Road,

GILLES PLAINS,

South Australia,

5086, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum academic entry is completion of Year 12 or equivalent. IELTS Academic 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in all bands; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – iBT: Score of 46, with reading: 4-7, listening: 4-6, speaking: 14-15, and writing: 14-17; Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum 42 with 36 in all for communicative skills ((listening, reading, writing and speaking); Occupational English Test OET: Pass; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE): Overall score of 162 with a minimum of 154 in all bands; Intensive English Language Institute (IELI): English for Academic Purposes 2 (C grade); GCE O Levels English/1119 English: C6.

For international students

An academic IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum of 7.0 in all bands or equivalent test to enter the standalone Diploma of Nursing. Ability to meet the physical demands of nursing work, particularly the requirements of manual handling. Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent. Students with Year 12 plus Year 12 Maths will be required to undertake Maths test within the first two weeks of their Diploma course. In case, students fail the test, they need to complete the Maths unit PERMHA404A (Use mathematics in a nursing and health context). This Maths unit is taught concurrently during the 1st semester of Diploma of Nursing for half day a week for 9 weeks at the Port Adelaide Campus. Students with Year 12 but without Year 12 Maths will be required to undertake the Maths unit PERMHA404A (Use mathematics in a nursing and health context). This Maths unit is taught concurrently during the 1st semester of Diploma of Nursing for half day a week for 9 weeks at the Port Adelaide Campus. The cost of this unit is AUD $450. Student without Year 12 will be required to undertake Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies which includes the required Maths unit PERMHA404A (Use mathematics in a nursing and health context). Students with this option will pay the usual tuition fee for Certificate IV and are not required to do the Maths test for Diploma entry. The Certificate IV does not meet the English entry criteria for Diploma of Nursing, it only meets the academic entry.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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