Nursing

Nursing is a respected and growing industry that is essential for the health of the community. Our Diploma course prepares you to work in various health settings; including mental health, aged care, and hospitals.

CIT’s Diploma of Nursing is fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). This means, when you complete your studies at CIT, you will be eligible to apply for your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration to become an Enrolled Nurse right away!

Industry Placement

Mandatory clinical industry placement experience (minimum 400 unpaid 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 3 semesters.

Why study nursing at cit?

  • State-of-the-art, on-campus training hospital facility
  • Clinical industry placement fully coordinated by CIT
  • Fully accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
  • Be eligible to apply for your Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration to become an Enrolled Nurse right away!
  • Many job opportunities in Canberra and throughout Australia

Use your mouse on the video below to get a 360` look at CIT's Nursing Lab.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Nursing | HLT54115
    CRICOS: 094478F

  • Course Duration
    Duration

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

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    2020: February, April, July, October

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2020-2021: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Diploma:
    Material fees: $5,431
    Textbooks: $800
    First Aid Training: $150 - $250
    Police check (Code 13 Disabled Care provider/worker or Hospital Employment) from the Australian Federal Police*: $45 approx.
    Nursing Kit: $150 approx.
    Uniform: $150 approx.
    Working With Vulnerable People Check: $135 approx.

    *Please note a police check with a disclosure may prevent Industry Placement and therefore affect your entry and/or progress in the course

  • *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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2020 and 2021 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent) with at least a “C” grade average in English and Maths (completed within the last 10 years)
    • Numeracy test - the college will email the Numeracy test information to you after you submit your application with CIT International.
    • 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) - please use letter from this link GP letter (MS WORD 381Kb)
    • 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 $400 approx)
    • A current Senior First Aid Certificate (achieves National Unit of Competency First Aid HLTAID003) ($150-$250 approx)
    • An ACT Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Card

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

    • IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band score less than 7.0)
    • TOEFL iBT - 94 (minimum scores in each section: listening - 24, reading - 24, writing - 27, speaking - 23)
    • PTE Academic - 65 (minimum of 65 in each band)
    • Occupational English Test (OET): minimum score of B across all components

    Students who achieve an IELTS 6.5 (Academic) can apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) which may provide a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing.

    Students who achieve an IELTS 6.0 (Academic) can apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support which may provide a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing.

    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 | HLT54115 - 25 subjects

    Complete all subjects in each stage before moving to the next stage. This course has a mandatory industry placement. Studies cannot be undertaken without concurrent professional placement experience.

    Core Stage 1: Foundation – complete all 9 subjects

    • HLTENN013 Implement and monitor care of the older person
    • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    • HLTENN001 Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
    • HLTENN003 Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
    • HLTENN004 Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
    • HLTENN002 Apply communication skills in nursing practice
    • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

    Core Stage 2: Intermediate – complete all 8 subjects

    • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
    • HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
    • HLTENN077 Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
    • HLTENN005 Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
    • HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
    • HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
    • HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
    • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

    Stage 3: Final – complete all 3 subjects

    • HLTENN012 Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
    • HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

    Electives Stage 1: complete 2

    • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

    Electives Stage 2: complete 1

    • Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice

    Electives Stage 3: complete

    • HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
    • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • Likely Job Outcome

    This program prepares you to work in a variety of health settings, including mental health, aged care, and hospitals. On 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

    CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university. If you successfully complete your CIT qualification and gain entry into the university below, you will receive the following:

    University of Canberra (UC)

    • Diploma of Nursing (SIT50416) = 24 credit points (1 year) towards UC’s Bachelor of Nursing (364JA.1)
    • Diploma of Nursing (SIT50416) = 24 credit points (1 year) towards UC’s Bachelor of Nursing Advanced (365JA.1)
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    • We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.
    Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled - Division 2 Nursing) (1.5 years)
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available