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Course Number: HLT54115-01V01
Do you have strong interpersonal skills and an interest in health? Are you looking to enter a growing industry where you can help care for others? Our Diploma of Nursing may be the perfect course for you. This course will set you on the path to becoming an enrolled nurse. Through this course, you will develop a range of valuable skills including; working with diverse people, confirming physical health status, performing clinical assessment, managing wounds, implementing and monitoring care for people with mental health conditions, and responding to client health information.Studying the Diploma of Nursing through North Coast TAFE ensures you will be learning from professionals with vast industry experience. The NSW Department of Health also offers Enrolled Nursing scholarships which cover the payment of student program fees for the Diploma of Nursing. For more information about Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) scholarships, or to apply for a scholarship, please go to: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/scholarship/Pages/enrolled-nurse-scholarships.aspx. You can find information about applying for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia here: www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au
Offered on 3 campuses
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Certificate III
English language requirements for course entry
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
1. If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
2. Completion of four (4) years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above.
NOTE: the English language requirements includes that your Diploma of Nursing must be a minimum of one (1) year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study otherwise English language testing is an additional requirement.
3. English Language achievement in AHPRA approved tests including: (Please note that the results can be collected across two (2) tests within a six (6) month period)
- Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a minimum score overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the 4 components - listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting.
- Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
- PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 components in one sitting
- TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 94 with reading at a minimum of 24, listening a minimum of 24, speaking at a minimum of 23 and writing at a minimum of 27
- Other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time.
International Criminal Record Check
For professional registration an International Criminal Record Check (ICRC) may be required in some circumstances. For more information visit: www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Criminal-history-checks/International-Criminal
Credit for Prior Learning
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link
This web page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)
TAFE to University
Students who successfully complete this program may articulate into undergraduate pre-registration nursing degree programs at university as per existing agreements
Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link
Nurse, nursing assistant
A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
Choosing a TAFE to University Pathway at North Coast TAFE is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.
More information can be found on our TAFE 2 uni page on our website.
Why study something again if you already have the skills and knowledge? Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about helping you get your qualification faster and getting you to where you want to be!
Working with one of our RPL assessors we’ll review your life and work experiences as well as any previous study you may have done to confirm just what we can match up with your current course of study.
Note: Some short, licensing or compliance courses, eg Food Safety for Supervisors or First Aid are not granted RPL as demonstrated competency is required by regulatory authorities.
Find out more about RPL at North Coast TAFE
On-Campus Learning - Study at our place for all or some of your course and access the on-campus TAFE experience.
North Coast TAFE offers a wide choice of courses, some that attract government subsidies and some that do not. The fees payable will vary, depending on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course you choose.
Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
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