HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)

The 18-month HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing program is AMA Colleges premium clinical qualification, giving graduates the opportunity to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as Enrolled Nurses.

Enrolled Nurses perform a critical role within the Australian healthcare industry, working in a variety of settings including aged care, hospitals, disability care and primary health. Enrolled Nurses have the opportunity to undertake further studies at university to become Registered Nurses. Overall, the career development opportunities for nurses is diverse and rewarding.

Employment opportunities for Enrolled Nurses are very strong, with demand expected to grow further in the coming years.

AMA College offers prospective students the ability to study this sought-after qualification in a state-of-the-art learning environment where class sizes are kept small, practical placements are completed with leading healthcare providers and trainers share their wealth of knowledge in a friendly and supportive manner.

Study Options

  • The Diploma of Nursing can be completed either as a stand-alone course or as a packaged course option, which includes a Bachelor of Nursing completed at Edith Cowan University (see more below).
  • When completed on its own, the Diploma requires 18 months of full-time study (20 hours of face-to-face delivery per week).
  • When combined with a Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University the total duration of study will be three and a half years full-time.
  • International Students that are accepted into the AMA College / ECU packaged course will receive two letters of offer and acceptance and be able to apply for a three and a half year student visa.

Diploma Summary

Course: HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing


Entry Requirement:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of course commencement
  • Must have completed Australian Year 12 or equivalent level of schooling overseas or AQF 3 or higher qualification.
  • Must be able to exhibit competency at Exit Level 3 from the BKSB LLN assessment.
  • Applicants are also required to provide evidence of the following prior to being eligible for participating in the Professional Experience Placement.
    • National Police Clearance
    • Working with Children Check
    • Immunisation record that meets immunisation requirements for nurses, as stipulated by the Western Australian Department of Health at time of enrolment. Which may include:
      • Current COVID-19 Vaccination
      • Annual Influenza Vaccination
      • Hepatitis B x 3 doses followed by serological confirmation of immunity.
      • dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) within last 10 years
      • MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella) x 2 doses
      • Varicella x 2 doses
    • All applicants must also meet the NMBA’s English Language Registration Standard requirements.
      • Primary Language Pathway – you need to provide either
        • a declaration to declare English as your primary language OR
        • English Language Test Pathway – Test result reports of the following test taken within 2 years of your application.
          • IELTS Academic Module 7.0 with no band less than 7.0
          • PTE Academic – minimum score of 65 across all categories and overall
          • OET – minimum score of B in each component
          • TOEFL iBT – minimum total score of 94 with minimum scores as follows – listening 24, reading 24, writing 27 and speaking 23

AMA College is an equal opportunity education provider. We welcome and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally and academic diverse backgrounds, work and life experiences to apply

Duration: 78 weeks – 60 weeks of study (including placement), over 3 semesters. 20 hours per week
Cost: For Fee-For-Service Student (including Internation Students): $250 non-refundable application fee and $1,000 deposit is required upon enrolment. The remaining $29,000 tuition fee can be paid in either three (3) or six (6) instalments. Please refer to the Course Handbook for detailed break-down of payment schedules.

For State Funded students: As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills program, through to 31 December 2025 you’ll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200 per calendar year; or $400 per calendar year if you’re aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Eligibilitiy requirements apply, for more details please visit There’s never been a better time to get into training! | Jobs and Skills WA

Intakes: February and July
Package Option: This course can be packaged with a Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University over a combined 3.5-year study period. The above fees are for the Diploma of Nursing only. Current fees for the ECU Bachelor of Commerce can be found on the ECU website (www.ecu.edu.au).

Professional Experience Placement

Students enrolled in the Diploma of Nursing have to undertake a minimum of 400 hours of supervised Professional Experience Placement.

Work placement is scheduled in three instances toward the end of each semester, and only after the student is deemed to have gained the requisite knowledge and skills, as assessed in the simulated work environment.

  • Placement 1 – at least 80 hours in an aged care setting
  • Placement 2 – at least 160 hours in a sub-acute setting
  • Placement 3 – at least 160 hours in an acute setting

Students are only eligible to attend their PEP once they have:

  • Successfully completed all assessments of that semester
  • Provided a current Police Clearance and Working with Children Check
  • Provided Department of Health Criminal Record Screening – free to apply when holding a current Police Clearance.
  • Provided an Immunisation record that meets immunisation requirements for nurses, as stipulated by the Western Australian Department of Health at time of enrolment. Which may include:
    • Current COVID-19 Vaccination
    • Annual Influenza Vaccination
    • Hepatitis B x 3 doses followed by serological confirmation of immunity.
    • dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) within last 10 years
    • MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella) x 2 doses
    • Varicella x 2 doses
  • Successfully passed the OccuMed Pre-employment Medical test.
  • Successfully completed HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid either with AMA College or any other Provider within 3 years of currency, *HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid is not equivalent or accepted

Our Partnership with Edith Cowan University

The AMA has a close partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU), whose school of Business and Law claimed the number one ranking for public universities in the categories of Business and Management and Law and Paralegal Studies for overall quality of educational experience and teaching quality. The school also achieved the top public university ranking in Business and Management for skills development and student support.

Students that complete the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing and meet ECU’s minimum English requirements can continue to complete a Bachelor of Nursing with ECU with a one-year advance standing.

Furthermore, while completing your studies at AMA College, which is located only 1.3km away from ECU’s Joondalup campus, students have access to ECU’s state-of-the-art library and online databases.

Find out where ECU’s Bachelor of Nursing could take you today.

Visit Bachelor of Science (Nursing) | ECU for more information.

Course Content

Units of Competency
Unit CodeUnit NameCore /Elective
Core Units (20 units)
CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleC
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyC
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceC
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health statusC
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health informationC
HLTENN035Practise nursing within the Australian health care systemC
HLTENN036Apply communication skills in nursing practiceC
HLTENN037Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care*C
HLTENN038Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care*C
HLTENN039Apply principles of wound management*C
HLTENN040Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy*C
HLTENN041Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice*C
HLTENN042Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions*C
HLTENN043Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions*C
HLTENN044Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions*C
HLTENN045Implement and monitor care of the older person*C
HLTENN047Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting*C
HLTENN068Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice*C
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures*C
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care*C
Elective units (5 units)
HLTAID011Provide First AidE
HLTENN057Contribute to nursing care of a person with diabetesE
HLTWHS006Manage personal stressors in the work environmentE
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextE
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practiceE
Total 25 units

Student Registration and Mandatory Reporting Requirement

Under the National Law, AMA College must ensure that all students enrolled in the Diploma of Nursing program are registered with AHPRA for the duration of their study.

You do not need to apply for student registration as this is our responsibility. We are required to update your details with AHPRA in March and August each year.

Under the National Law, AMA College must ensure to notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency if a student undertaking clinical training has an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. For more information, visit https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/mandatorynotifications/Mandatory-notifications.aspx

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration as Enrolled Nurses. For NMBA’s registration standards, visit https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/registration-standards.aspx

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