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Develop skills to assist clients with acute and chronic health issues, implement and evaluate nursing plans, administer and monitor medications and prepare for medical and surgical procedures. Gain high-level skills to pursue a career as an Enrolled Nurse. Successful graduates can apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to gain registration. AHPRA registration enables graduates to practice in a variety of health care environments including, acute, medical, surgical, palliative care, paediatric or aged care settings. Subject to accreditation by ANMAC and approval by the NMBA. Course details

University Pathways

Payment options

$15000 VET Student Loan available


Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Blended: 18 months / Residential blocks
Full time: 18 months / 2 days on campus, 3 days self study

Course details


  • Full Fee $16,465 - $19,000
  • Subsidised $12,495 - $14,995
  • Concession $11,325 - $13,793

Cost details

1300 656 959

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Melissa Davies

Let's celebrate the lifesavers

Studying showed me there is so much more to being a nurse than taking blood pressure. The teachers were an inspiration.
More about this course.

Melissa Davies
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Key dates

Cairns 10 Jul 2017 Full time / 2 days on campus, 3 days self study Classroom
Residential blocks Blended
Townsville (Pimlico) 10 Jul 2017 Full time / 2 days on campus, 3 days self study Classroom
Residential blocks Blended

Entry requirements

Students must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the day of the course commencement

Candidates are more likely to succeed if they hold a Year 12 certificate in Queensland or its equivalent with a sound result in English, Maths and Science.
Mature age students, where age, experience and/or other qualifications are indicative of success are encouraged to apply.

Students must obtain a Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card), a current National Police Check (Name Check only) and have Hepatitis B immunisation before commencing Clinical Placements. It is recommended potential students begin Hepatitis B vaccination if required, as soon as possible to ensure timely completion. Whilst Hepatitis B vaccination is a condition of being a student, vaccination against the following diseases is highly recommended:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Influenza
- Tuberculosis (Mantoux test and chest x-ray)
- Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)

Students must successfully apply to enter the program through QTAC. Once accepted teachers will work with you to establish any RPL opportunities.

Students studying flexible mode must have access to a computer with reliable ISP internet.  All students are required to create word documents, send emails with attachments and communicate with teachers through the dedicated online portal.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Students will have access to library resources, computers and the Internet. Students will need to purchase stationery items such as paper, pens and a USB drive.  Students are subscribed to an extensive online research database to assist learning.


Face-to-face (class room) Delivery: This program requires full-time study over 18 months study including mandatory attendance at TAFE North - two days per week plus self study for the duration of the program.  This includes theory, clinical, practical and simulated clinical practice as well as laboratory work.  Students are also required to undertake a minimum of 400 hours vocational placement across the 18 months. These occur in blocks of two or four weeks, 40 hours/week.

Flexible (blended) Delivery: The program via flexible delivery is full-time and requires students to be self-motivated in their approach to study, undertaking approximately 25 to 30 hours per week of study at home, with the aid of study guides and online materials. This program is conducted over 18 months and requires the student to attend a TAFE North campus for six weeks of timetabled residential study blocks spread over the duration of the program, usually two weeks per semester.  Students are also required to undertake a minimum of 400 hours of vocational placement across the 18 months.  These occur in blocks of two or four weeks, 40 hours/week.


All students must complete a minimum of 400 hours (10 weeks) of vocational placement in order to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an enrolled nurse.  This is spread across the 18 months.  TAFE North will procure placements on behalf of students, but it is the student's responsibility to provide their own transport and accommodation if required.  Students should expect to attend placement away from home at least once. TAFE North endeavours to give students as much notice as possible for clinical placement dates, although this is determined by industry.  On occasion students may only receive two weeks notice.

Important Information

Link to TAFE Queensland Student Policies:


To obtain this qualification students must successfully complete 25 units; 20 core and 5 elective units plus all vocational placement subjects listed.

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Core
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information Core
HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice Core
HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care Core
HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans Core
HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice Core
HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person Core
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system Core
HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs Core
HLTENN007 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy Core
HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems Core
HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment Core
HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions Core
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting Core
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities Elective
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice Elective
HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid Elective
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice Elective
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes Elective
VPC080 Vocational placement Mandatory x2
VPC120 Vocational placement Mandatory


Not all electives available at all campuses

Please note that if students are wishing to access VET Student Loans to pay for their fees, they must meet the ‘Student entry procedure’ requirements; namely:

  • obtains a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to the student by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the student’s completion of year 12; or

  • the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy; and that the VET provider reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.

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$16,465 - $19,000


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$12,495 - $14,995


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$11,325 - $13,793


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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.

Graduates of a TAFE Queensland Diploma of Nursing may be eligible to receive up to one year credit in a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing Science at James Cook University, Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Sunshine Coast, University of Southern Queensland and the University of Queensland.

The Diploma of Nursing program is a medically endorsed program designed by the nursing profession to prepare graduates for employment as Enrolled Nurses, and as professional development for people already employed in the industry.

Job prospects

  • Enrolled Nurse

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Melissa Davies

Let's celebrate the lifesavers

Studying showed me there is so much more to being a nurse than taking blood pressure. The teachers were an inspiration.
More about this course.

Melissa Davies
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code: CNS: 520772/520775(Online); TSV: 503778/503775(Online)

Making TAFE one of your top QTAC preferences is a great way to maximise your career choices and gain the hands-on skills you need to operate in the real world.

If you miss the application deadline you are welcome to register your interest with TAFE Queensland North by calling 1300 656 959. Please be aware that first preference in this course must be given to QTAC applicants. Non-QTAC applicants will be offered places subject to availability and entry requirements.

Read the student rules and refund policy.

More about applying through QTAC.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

Find out more about RPL

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Last updated on 4 May 2017

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1300 656 959

University Pathways

Payment options

$15000 VET Student Loan available