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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. 

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)
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, students will need to have evidence of a minimum of five years of secondary, vocational or higher education that has been taught and assessed in English.

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 demonstrate English language proficiency in accordance with board-approved English language tests.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to meet the English Language Prerequisite by:

  • 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 6.5 across all bands and overall;
  • OR a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.

For more information about English Language Requirements, visit our English Requirements page.

Additional requirements:

Prior to commencing your clinical placements, you will be required to have:

  • immunisations and a TB screening. Information on the immunisations required and the TB screening will be provided to you upon enrolment.
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP) Check is required to be employed in the industry. For more information visit here.

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

Core
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
Electives
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 Availabilities

Distance Education

Timing
There are two intakes per year for this course - January 2018 and July 2018.

Duration and dates
18 months

Summary

QTAC Code: 895305

January 2018 intake

This course is available by Distance Education with compulsory residential schools held at CQUniversity Mackay City, Bundaberg and Cairns. 

July 2018 intake

This course is available by Distance Education with compulsory residential schools held at CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Noosa and Townsville.

Load
Twenty-five (25) units must be successfully completed.

Notes

A one (1) day on-campus orientation will be scheduled for each intake – dates are to be confirmed.  
Clinical Placements and Residential Schools are compulsory components of this course. Please see the More Details tab for further information.

On-campus

Timing
There are two intakes per year for this course - January 2018 and July 2018.

Duration and dates
18 months

Summary

January 2018 intake

This course is available at CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Noosa and Townsville campus.

July 2018 intake

This course is available at CQUniversity Mackay City, Bundaberg and Cairns campus.

Load
Twenty-five (25) units must be successfully completed.

Notes

A one (1) day on-campus orientation will be scheduled – dates are to be confirmed.  

January 2018 intake
Classes commence from January 2018, and students are required to attend on-campus three (3) days per week. 

July 2018 intake
Classes commence from July 2018, and students are required to attend on-campus three (3) days per week.

Please be aware that days and times are subject to change.
Clinical Placements are compulsory components of this course. Please see the More Details tab for further information.

Related Courses

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

Resources Required - Textbooks

The following textbooks (available from the CQUni bookshop) are required:


Textbook Title

Publisher

ISBN

Stage 1

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

Harcourt Brace

9781488688058

Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology with Essentials of Interactive Physiology CD-ROM - 11th Edition (Marieb)

Benjamin Cummings

9780321767431

Mosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions – 7th edn

Mosby

97803230388588

Stage 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis's medical - surgical Nursing : Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems  4th Edition (Diane Brown)

Harcourt Brace

978029541770

Havard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs - 9th Edition

 Mosby

9780729541411 

Wound Care Manual - 6th Edition (Kerylin Carville)

Silverchain Found.

9780646573694

Nursing Calculations - 8th Edition (Gatford, John & Phillips)

Saunders

978070244526

Essentials of Law for Health Professionals - 4th Edition (Forrester & Griffiths)

Harcourt Brace

9780729541664

Medical Terminology for Health : An Introduction 5th Edition (Hutton)

Churchill Livingstone

9780443100758

Stage 3

Perioperative Nursing : An Introductory Text (Hamlin, Richardson-Tench & Davies)

Harcourt Brace

9780729538879

 

 ***Please be sure to purchase the latest edition*** 

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

Clinical Placement Information for all students

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).

There are Mandatory Checks that need to be met prior to commencing Clinical Placements. Detailed information is included in the Mandatory Check Requirements document.

Clinical placements will be held on the following dates: 

Study Commencement

Term 1, 2017

Term 2, 2017

Term 1, 2018

January 2017

15 May – 9 June 2017

Aged Care (4 weeks)

30 Oct - 1 Dec 2017

Community (1 week between above dates)

14 May – 15 June 2018

Acute Care (5 weeks)

July 2017

X

6 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Aged Care (4 weeks)

14 May – 15 June 2018

Community (1 week between above dates)

*Dates correct as of time of publishing and may be subject to change.

Academic Pathways

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

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

Residential School Information

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

Residential Schools are scheduled periodically throughout the duration of the 18 month course. Students should check their Offer letter documentation for further Residential School details.