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Diploma of Nursing HLT54121


This course prepares you to work in a variety of health settings, including hospitals, aged care, primary health and mental health. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to be considered for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.


Diploma of Nursing HLT54121

Next Intake:

Semester 2 2023

Course No:



CIT Bruce 


Full time: 1.5 years, including a combination of online learning, face-to-face learning and skill development in the Simulated Laboratory (3- 4 days per week in class and simulated labs). Includes mandatory industry placement – see additional information for further details.
Part time, flexible options are available, please see additional information.

Cost Info:

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance

Likely Job Outcome:

Work as an Enrolled Nurse after registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Application Type:


Additional Information

Students are advised that COVID-19 vaccination is now mandatory for all Health care workers including students on placement. Evidence must be provided by students proving vaccination to CIT and may be requested by the Facility or Organisation on entry for placement.

All students will be registered with AHPRA for the duration of the course.

This course has three mandatory clinical industry placement blocks (400 hours over three semesters).
Stage 1: 3 weeks
Stage 2: 4 weeks
Stage 3: 4 weeks

Placements are provided in areas such as: Acute Care, Aged Care, Mental Health Rehabilitation, Community Nursing and Palliative Care. Before any clinical placements can commence, you will have to provide: a doctor's certificate (to say you are fit to undertake nursing duties); evidence of commencement of required vaccinations; a First Aid Certificate valid for the duration of the course and a completed police check. CIT teachers will arrange all placements

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Further information about English language requirements for Nursing is available here.

Note on credit transfer
Clause 3.5 of the Standards for RTOs 2015 obliges RTOs to provide credit to learners for units of competency 'unless licensing or regulatory requirements prevent this'
Credit Transfers for any HLTENN unit/subject will only be granted where the training provided is from an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) approved course of study. To check if the training has been ANMAC approved, visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APRHA) website here

The course does provide part-time study options. For more information, please contact the Course Coordinator 02 6205 1375.

Skills Recognition

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification as per the training package requirements for HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. However, for students to enrol into the Diploma of Nursing program they must meet the following CIT entry requirements:

  • Have completed Year 12 (within the last 10 years at an accredited or tertiary level) with at least a C grade average in English and Maths or successfully completed the LLN test (ACSF level 4).
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a current clear Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Have a current clear Australian Federal Police Check - Code 08 - Hospital Employment
  • Have an up-to-date immunisation/vaccination record - Vaccination Card (PDF 289Kb)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • A letter from their General Practitioner stating fitness to undertake nursing duties
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Evidence of current Influenza and Covid vaccine – all required vaccinations

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 4 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your course of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this course. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level course. Please visit Foundation Skills.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at

Subject Information

Due to technical reasons the subjects for this course are not currently available. For more information please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

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More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email