Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (HLT51612)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: HLT51612
Study mode: Blended
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 1.5 days per week over 18 months
Start date: Multiple start dates – enquire now!
Awarded by: YourLife Health & Learning t/a RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training (RTO 40049)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

Your nursing career starts here!


  • Learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth
  • Gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements
  • Get flexible! Some of your learning (30%) will be delivered online, so you can study anywhere, anytime
  • Receive guaranteed credit equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate nursing degree at a range of Australian universities

Build a career that's meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities with this Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (HLT51612) course.

Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning by Open Colleges through RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training, the course is the ideal starting point for SA or WA residents looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

Through a mixture of lab skills training, clinical placements and online study, you will learn everything you need to know to work as an Enrolled Nurse in a range of settings: from busy emergency rooms through to GP clinics.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to confirm the health status of patients, work within the legal and ethical parameters of the nursing profession, and provide nursing care to a range of patients including older clients, culturally diverse patients, and those requiring complex care due to acute or chronic health issues.

Beyond the practical and theoretical training, you will also develop your bedside manner and learn to provide nursing care that respects and maintains the dignity of your clients.

If you've always wanted to be a nurse, this is where to start!


Clinical placements

As a part of this enrolled nursing qualification, you will be required to complete three clinical placements (totalling 440 hours) in some or all of the following settings:

  • Acute care
  • Aged care
  • Community care

The placements will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in a real-world setting, and to gain valuable on-the-job experience. Placements are fully facilitated and supported by RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training.

Please note that placements are full-time and unpaid.


To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be a resident of South Australia or Western Australia; AND
  • Be at least 18 years old; AND
  • Be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent humanitarian visa, or a visa with study rights; AND
  • Have successfully completed Year 12, or its equivalent, in Australia OR apply based on your work/life experience; AND
  • Complete a literacy and numeracy skills test

Areas of study

In this nursing course, you will study the following units of competency:

  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • HLTAP401B - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAP501C - Analyse health information
  • HLTEN401B - Work in the nursing profession
  • HLTEN502B - Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice
  • HLTEN503B - Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans
  • HLTEN504C - Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care
  • HLTEN505C - Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients
  • HLTEN506B - Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
  • HLTEN507C - Administer and monitor medications in the work environment
  • HLTEN508B - Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health
  • HLTEN509B - Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
  • HLTEN510B - Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions
  • HLTEN512B - Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with acute health problems
  • HLTEN513B - Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems
  • HLTEN515B - Implement and monitor nursing care for older clients
  • HLTEN516B - Apply understanding of the Australian health care system
  • HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • HLTIN301C - Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS300A - Contribute to WHS processes
  • BSBWOR402A - Promote team effectiveness
  • HLTEN511B - Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care
  • HLTEN608B - Practise in the domiciliary health care environment
  • HLTEN611B - Apply principles of diabetic nursing care
  • HLTRAH302C - Undertake home visits

Note: The Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (HLT51612) has been superseded by Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) effective 7 December 2015. As this course is 18 months in duration, it will not be accepting any new enrolments into HLT51612 after 30 November 2016, as no arrangements for transition into the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) will be available for learners unable to complete by 30 June 2018. You will still be eligible to apply to AHPRA for registration as an Enrolled Nurse provided you successfully complete Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612) prior to 1 July 2018. Subject to accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training intends commencing delivery of the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing in early 2017. Enquire now for more information.

Believe you can with Open Colleges!

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (HLT51612) from RDNS Training and Silver Chain Training.

With this qualification under your belt, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a qualified Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and kick-start your career as a nurse!

Once you've successfully registered with AHPRA, a number of doors will be open to you as a health care professional, enabling you to apply for jobs in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • GP practices
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Disability support agencies
  • Aged care facilities

The nursing diploma is also the perfect stepping-stone should you wish to advance your career. You may choose to progress to an Advanced Diploma of Nursing (HLT64115), or fast-track your training to become a Registered Nurse - completion of this course guarantees you a year of credit towards an undergraduate degree in nursing at a number of Australian universities.

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for this diploma, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

This qualification is subsidised by the Department of Training and Workforce through Future Skills WA*. If you are a WA resident, you may be eligible to receive a subsidy for this course which may significantly reduce your training costs.

Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible payment plan or pay your course fees in full upfront.

*Eligibility criteria and limited places are available, so enquire now for more information.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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