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Diploma of Nursing (SA and WA Only)

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    18 months full-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges School of Health (RTO 40049)

  • Location:


  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Enrolled Nurse (EN) | View all

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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.

Course Rundown

About this course

The Diploma of Nursing from Open Colleges is the premier qualification for nursing in Australia. It is the perfect starting point for anyone in South Australia or Western Australia wishing to become an Enrolled Nurse.

Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of practising nursing within the Australian healthcare system. From assessing the health status of clients and planning necessary care to applying legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice, students will receive a rounded introduction into the world of nursing. There is a keen focus on practical skills, covering everything from managing wounds in a clinical environment to administering and monitoring medicines and intravenous therapy.

Students attend campus two days per week for facilitated learning and practical skills sessions. Face-to-face attendance is supplemented through online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials.


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

  • You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights; AND
  • You must reside in South Australia or Western Australia; AND
  • You must complete the Core Skills Test; AND
  • You will also need to:
    • Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, OR
    • Apply based on your work and/or life experience.

Areas of study

In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:

  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTENN001 - Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
  • HLTENN002 - Apply communication skills in nursing practice
  • HLTENN003 - Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
  • HLTENN004 - Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
  • HLTENN005 - Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
  • HLTENN006 - Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
  • HLTENN007 - Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
  • HLTENN008 - Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
  • HLTENN009 - Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
  • HLTENN011 - Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
  • HLTENN012 - Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
  • HLTENN013 - Implement and monitor care of the older person
  • HLTENN015 - Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
  • HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information
  • BSBWOR404 - Develop work priorities
  • HLTAID006 - Provide advanced first aid
  • HLTENN010 - Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • HLTENN025 - Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
Open Colleges School of Health is all about putting their students first, allowing you to confidently navigate and complete your studies!

Their support systems will ensure you get the most out of your learning journey. Turn to expert trainers who will discuss course content and assessments; talk through any issues and maintain a positive mindset with their student counselling services; and get help with finicky admin and organising your further study with their student support.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • Western Australia: Perth
  • South Australia: Keswick

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Diploma of Nursing from Open Colleges.

This is a nationally recognised qualification that enables graduates to practise as Enrolled Nurses in a variety of settings within the Australian healthcare system.

Curious about where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges School of Health offers affordable payment options to help you start your studies sooner.

  • Upfront payment
  • Eligible students may be able to apply for the WorkReady SA Funding to cover part of their fees
  • Payment plans may be available for eligible Open Colleges School of Health students, depending on course selection and state funding availability

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