Nursing

Nursing is a respected industry that is essential for the health of the community. Our Diploma program prepares you to work in a variety of health settings, including mental health, aged care, and hospitals. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to be considered for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Mandatory clinical industry placement experience (unpaid, minimum of 400 hours in total) will be provided in areas such as acute care, aged care, mental health rehabilitation, community nursing, diabetic and wound clinics, primary health and palliative care. The hours generally are broken up in blocks of 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks throughout the three semesters.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Nursing
    CRICOS: 094478F National ID: HLT54115

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1.5 years
    Diploma of Nursing: 1.5 years

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    2018: October

    2019: February, April, July, October

    2020: February, April, July, October

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 2 - $6,850

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Diploma:
    Material fees: $5,295
    Textbooks: $800
    First Aid Training: $150 - $250
    Police check: $45
    Nursing Kit: $150 approx
    Uniform: $150 approx
    Working With Vulnerable People Check: $90 approx

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements
    • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent with at least a “C” grade average in English and Maths (completed within the last 10 years)
    • Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band score less than 7.0)
    • PTE Academic: minimum overall score of 65 (and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills)
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum of 94 (minimum scores in each section: listening - 24, reading - 24, writing - 27, speaking - 23)
    • Occupational English Test (OET): minimum score of B across all components
    • Numeracy test
    • A police check – from the Australian Federal Police for “Code 13” – Disabled Care provider/worker or Hospital Employment ($45 approx)
    • A letter from a General Practitioner confirming fitness to work as a nurse (cost of a general consultation)
    • Evidence of current immunisation status for the following: Tuberculosis (TB), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (Chicken pox), hepatitis B with titre, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus and influenza (up to $200 approx)
    • A current Senior First Aid Certificate (achieves National Unit of Competency First Aid HLTAID003) ($150-$250 approx)
    • Working with vulnerable person check

    Upon completion of the Aged Care program, students are required to sit an IELTS test and meet the Nursing entry requirement (Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0).

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing)
    CRICOS: 094478F | National ID: HLT54115
    Complete 25 Subjects (20 Core and 5 Electives)


    Stage One - complete 10 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • HLTENN013
      Implement and monitor care of the older person
      CIT Code: HESC570
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform nursing interventions to support the social and emotional wellbeing and nursing care needs of the older person in both acute care settings and residential care environments. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTINF001
      Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
      CIT Code: HESC513
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTINF003
      Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
      CIT Code: HESC543
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information about infection prevention and control procedures, integrate those procedures into work practices and monitor workplace performance. This unit applies to individuals working in health or direct client care contexts, who have a coordination, team leading or supervisory responsibility in relation to infection prevention and control.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTWHS002
      Follow safe work practices for direct client care
      CIT Code: WPHS114
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members. This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN001
      Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
      CIT Code: HESC558
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practise as a nursing professional within the Australian health care system, providing health care across the lifespan of people in a range of health and community care services or environments. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN003
      Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
      CIT Code: HESC560
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required, within the scope of practice, to perform preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems, gathering data that contributes to a person's individualised health care plan. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN004
      Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
      CIT Code: HESC561
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement nursing care as outlined in a person's plan of care, evaluate outcomes of care provided, record and report progress, and respond to an emergency situation. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN002
      Apply communication skills in nursing practice
      CIT Code: HESC559
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply effective communication skills with a person, family or carer and with other healthcare professionals in a variety of health care settings. Communication skills in nursing practice require using information technology as well as interpersonal skills applied therapeutically in nursing care and small group discussions. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTAAP002
      Confirm physical health status
      CIT Code: HESC502
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client's physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTAID003
      Provide first aid
      CIT Code: HESC497
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Stage Two - complete 7 subjects

    • HLTENN006
      Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
      CIT Code: HESC563
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of various types of wounds. It involves working with the interdisciplinary health care team to contribute to assessment, treatment and ongoing management of a person's wounds. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTAAP003
      Analyse and respond to client health information
      CIT Code: HESC503
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals who plan and provide services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN008
      Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
      CIT Code: HESC565
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to within work legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN005
      Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
      CIT Code: HESC562
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide clinical nursing skills for a person with complex needs and to contribute to complex nursing interventions using critical thinking and problem-solving. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN010
      Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
      CIT Code: HESC567
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care using a palliative approach in care environments such as hospitals, home and community care, hospices and long-term care facilities. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCPRP003
      Reflect on and improve own professional practice
      CIT Code: WELF469
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTWHS006
      Manage personal stressors in the work environment
      CIT Code: HESC522
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIV001
      Work with diverse people
      CIT Code: CLTS145
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Stage Three - complete 8 subjects

    • HLTENN011
      Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
      CIT Code: HESC568
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of the person with an acute health problem by performing clinical nursing skills and interventions that support the person's health care needs and assist them to regain optimal function and lifestyle. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN012
      Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
      CIT Code: HESC569
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of a person with chronic health problems by performing nursing interventions that support the person's needs and assist them in maintaining an optimal lifestyle. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN015
      Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
      CIT Code: HESC571
      Description: This unit describes the nursing skills and knowledge required to work in a primary health care environment including community-based, educational, occupational and informal settings, and in general practice. Primary health care involves a person-centred and holistic approach to health care. It is made accessible to people by being located as close as possible to where they live, and supporting their full participation in a spirit of self-reliance and self-determination. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN025
      Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
      CIT Code: HESC572
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care to a person with diabetes including assessing needs, planning and implementing complex nursing interventions, evaluating outcomes, and educating the person on his/her condition and available resources. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN007
      Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
      CIT Code: HESC564
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to administer and monitor medications and intravenous (IV) therapy including calculating dosage requirements, interpreting written instructions from an authorised prescriber, assessing the person for medication effectiveness and side effects, and responding to an allergic pharmacological reaction. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • HLTENN009
      Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
      CIT Code: HESC566
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care and management of a person with a mental health condition. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CHCDIV002
      Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
      CIT Code: YURA101
      Description: The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    This program prepares you to work in a variety of health settings, including mental health, aged care, and hospitals. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to be considered for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Study is conducted in the Simulated Work Environment (SLE) where students will practice skills and perform assessments prior to industry placements, for example, personal care, manual handling, performing vital signs and administering medications. Study modes also include clinical placements (work experience), self-directed learning and on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn.

    Students are assessed in various ways. Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout a course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks. Assessment outcomes may be based on demonstrating competence in various clinical skills, successfully completing theory based quizzes and assignments and projects, or a combination of all four assessment methods.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who successfully complete Diploma of Nursing and gain entry into:

    • Australian Catholic University will receive 80 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing.
    • University of Canberra will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Nursing.
    • Charles Sturt University will receive 72 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing.

    Students are advised to speak directly with each university in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled - Division 2 Nursing) (1.5 years)
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available