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Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under supervision of a registered nurse. This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing course enables students’ eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in accordance with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

The Diploma of Nursing has mandatory on and off the job training components. The off the job training is conducted as the theoretical component of the course. The on-the-job training is known as Clinical Placement and is unpaid work experience that is undertaken at a set time at the end of each term at a relevant health facility.

VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units. 

For more information or to check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan, please visit our VET Student Loans webpage or contact us.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC)
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To be eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, students will need to provide evidence of the completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of secondary, vocational or higher education that has been taught and assessed in English in the following countries - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.

OR
 

To be eligible for entry into this course you will be required to have completed Year 12 or be able to provide evidence that you meet the minimum five years (full time) of secondary, vocational or higher education required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia upon completion of this course. If you do not meet this entry requirement, you will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency in accordance with board-approved English language tests.


If you were not educated in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to provide the English Language test results to the required standard of:

  • an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 across all bands and overall.   OR
  • the Occupational English Test with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OR
  • the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OR
  • the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 for listening, 24 for reading,27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

Mandatory Clinical Placement Requirements

As per the CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, the previously recommended checks are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards. Refer to the Clinical Placement Guidelines and Mandatory Checks Requirements for Clinical Placement for more details.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

After successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency to become an Enrolled Nurse.  You may find employment in health care settings in roles such as enrolled nurse, personal care worker and aged care supervisor.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Summary
To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 25 units, consisting of:
20 core units and 5 elective units.
Core Units
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
Elective Units
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Project
RPL

Course Intakes

Mixed Mode

Timing
There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
18 months full-time


Summary

February 2018 intake
This course intake is available full-time Mixed Mode with compulsory residential schools held at CQUniversity Mackay City, Bundaberg and Cairns. 

July 2018 intake
This course intake is available full-time Mixed Mode with compulsory residential schools held at CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Noosa, Townsville and Mackay City.

A one (1) day on-campus orientation will be scheduled for each intake.
February intake: 6 February 2018

The course commences with an initial residential block of two weeks (4 days each week) followed by 3 day residential blocks scheduled monthly (totalling 5 blocks per stage). All residential school blocks are compulsory to attend. Students must have approximately 28 hours per week available for study in addition to attending residential blocks. Students will be supported through the VET Moodle platform, phone and email.


On-campus

Timing
There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
18 months full-time


Summary

February 2018 intake
This course intake is available at CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Noosa and Townsville campus.
Classes commence from January 2018, and students are required to attend on-campus three (3) days per week. 

July 2018 intake
This course intake is available at CQUniversity Bundaberg and Cairns campus.
Classes commence from July 2018, and students are required to attend on-campus three (3) days per week.

A one (1) day on-campus orientation will be scheduled for each intake.
February intake: 6 February 2018

Classes commence week of 5 February 2018, and students are expected to attend on-campus three days per week (18 hours). All classes are compulsory to attend. Students must have approximately 20 hours per week available for study in addition to attending classes. Students will be supported through the VET Moodle platform, phone and email.


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support No
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support No
CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability No
CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health No
HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services No
HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance No

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To be eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, students will need to provide evidence of the completion of five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of secondary, vocational or higher education that has been taught and assessed in English in the following countries - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.

OR

To be eligible for entry into this course you will be required to have completed Year 12 or be able to provide evidence that you meet the minimum five years (full time) of secondary, vocational or higher education required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia upon completion of this course. If you do not meet this entry requirement, you will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency in accordance with board-approved English language tests. 

If you were not educated in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to provide the English Language test results to the required standard of:

  • an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 across all bands and overall.   OR
  • the Occupational English Test with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OR
  • the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OR
  • the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 for listening, 24 for reading,27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.

Required Resources - Textbooks

The following textbooks are required for this course. Textbooks can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop. Please ensure you purchase the latest Edition.

Stage 1:

TitlePublisherISBN

Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice - 7th Edition (Koutoukidis)

Essential Enrolled Nursing Skills for person-centred care (Koutoukidis) – Workbook 

(Packaged together at the CQU Bookshop)

Elsevier

9780729542272


9780729542357

Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 12th Edition (Marieb)
Pearson9781488688058
Mosby's Nurses Pocket Dictionary – 33rd Edition (Brooker)
Mosby
9780723433736

Stage 2:

TitlePublisherISBN
Lewis's medical - surgical Nursing : Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems  4rd Edition (Diane Brown)
Elsevier
9780729541770
Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs -10th Edition (Tiziani)
Elsevier
9780729542548

Wound Care Manual - 7th Edition (Kerylin Carville)

PURCHASE HERE - http://www.silverchain.org.au/about-us/our-publication/books-and-manuals/

Silverchain Found.
9780958736954
Nursing Calculations - 9th Edition (Gatford & Phillips)
Elsevier
9780702062315
Law for Nurses and Midwives- 8th Edition (Staunton & Chiarella)
Elsevier
9780729542456
Understanding the Australian Health Care System – 3rd Edition (Willis, Reynolds & Keleher)
Elsevier
9780729542326

Stage 3:

TitlePublisherISBN
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing  - 4th Edition (Evans, Nizette & Obrien)
Elsevier
9780729542319
Nursing and Midwifery RESEARCH methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice – 5th Edition (Schneider, Whitehead, LoBindo-Wood & Haber)
Elsevier
9780729542302

2018 Residential School information

Throughout the duration of this course, students studying by Mixed Mode will be required to attend compulsory Residential Schools.  

The Mixed Mode offering commences with an initial residential block of two weeks (4 days each week), followed by 3 day residential blocks scheduled monthly. All residential school blocks are compulsory to attend. 

Students should check their Offer letter documentation or the online Timetable for further details.

Resource and Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that you have access to the CQUniversity website. You will be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the internet. 

It is strongly recommended that you have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online resources that would include but are not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission. 

All submissions of assessment must be uploaded electronically to the VET Moodle platform.

Online Timetable

Please refer to the online Timetable for the most up to date details for on-campus classes and mixed mode residentials. Please note that dates and locations are subject to change. 

Clinical Placement Requirements

Throughout the duration of this course, all students will undertake three placements, as follows:

  • Placement 1: Aged Care - This placement will be held in the first stage for a duration of four (4) weeks (160 hours).
  • Placement 2: Community Care - This placement will be held in the second stage for a duration of one (1) week (40 hours).
  • Placement 3: Acute Care - This placement will be held in the third stage for a duration of five (5) weeks (200 hours).

IMPORTANT: Changes to Mandatory Check Requirements

As per the CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, the previously recommended checks are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards.   

  • Please click here for full details of your requirements or access these requirements via the Moodle Site.
  • Please see Mandatory Cut-Off dates for submission dates of your mandatory checks.  You will not be eligible to proceed to placement if you fail to meet the deadline; there are no extensions or exceptions.
  • Hepatitis A: Evidence of a positive serology OR at least the 1st vaccination by the cut-off date.  If a negative serology is received, ensure you allow enough time to get your 1st vaccination by the cut-off date. Full course of vaccinations required if negative serology or no previous vaccinations.
  • Influenza: The currency of the vaccination is until the 31/3/[the following year] Eg: Obtained in November 2017: Renewal due = 31/3/18; Obtained in January 2018: Renewal due = 31/3/2019

Depending upon the capacity of the health care providers/facilities in the student’s geographical area, students will be expected to travel to an alternative location in order to complete their prescribed clinical placement. Students will only be offered one placement per student, per course, per term. 

Any enquiries should be directed to the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Team via nursingclinical@cqu.edu.au or call (07) 4930 9124.

Uniform Standards

The following uniform standards are required IN CLASS and ON PLACEMENT to meet industry standards: 

Men:

  • Navy Blue/Black Trousers/Shorts
  • CQU Diploma of Nursing Shirt
  • CQU Navy or White Polo Shirt
  • Navy or Black socks with trousers
  • Long White socks with shorts
  • Jeans are not acceptable

Women:

  • Navy Blue/ Black Culottes/Trousers
  • CQU Diploma of Nursing Shirt
  • CQU Navy or White polo shirt
  • Stockings, sockets with skirt
  • Navy or Black socks with trousers
  • Jeans are not acceptable

Footwear:

  • Navy blue or black enclosed shoes; rubber non-slip soles preferred.
  • NO CANVAS OR RUNNING SHOES

Hair:

  • Clean, neat and tied up off the neck or cut to collar length.

Jewellery:

  • Plain rings only; no stones or claw settings
  • Earring: minimum one stud or small sleepers
  • Watch with second hand: Fob Watch
  • Facial piercings are an Occupational Health and Safety Hazard in the workplace and must NOT be worn
  • Neck chains must not be visible, or not worn

ID:

  • Student ID must be worn at all times; NO LANYARDS
  • No nurses pouches

Academic Pathways

CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing (articulation pathway – total of 8 credits)

https://handbook.cqu.edu.au/programs/index?programCode=CQ23