HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

Course summary

The HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an Enrolled Nurse.

The course is designed for domestic and international students, studying in Australia.

This course has been superseded and replaced by a non-equivalent training product, following a review of the Health Training Package. Enrolments will continue to be accepted into this course in 2022. From 2023, enrolments will be accepted into the replacement Diploma of Nursing (pending ASQA approval). Information about the replacement course will be made available following ASQA approval. UOW College Australia will contact students who may need to be transitioned to the replacement qualification, as required.

Nursing is one of the most sought after and rewarding careers in healthcare today. Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse in a variety of healthcare environments to provide clinical care and emotional support to their patients.

The course can provide a pathway into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Wollongong. However, places are limited, so after you complete your Diploma, you will need to apply and be assessed for the Bachelor of Nursing.

You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with patients and other staff, administer and monitor medications, manage the care of wounds and prepare health assessments and care plans. You will also benefit from on-the-job clinical placements in which you will work as part of a team and under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

You will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification in Nursing in just 18 months with a diverse range of real, practical skills ready for a rewarding career with a world of opportunities.

Units of Study

Students are required to successfully complete 25 units of competency and a minimum 400 hours clinical placement to complete this qualification.

Code Subject Name
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 in 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
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
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 system
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Electives*
HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.

Delivery

The course comprises of academic content, clinical and laboratory simulations, and participation in clinical placement.

Throughout the course, you will attend a minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week at the University of Wollongong (UOW) campus in Wollongong.

The theory components and practical simulations of this course will be delivered at the UOW Wollongong campus. Clinical placements will be scheduled at facilities in the Illawarra and Southern Sydney regions.

This course is only offered face-to-face at the UOW Wollongong campus location.

In accordance with the stabilisation of the COVID-19 crisis in NSW, the mode of delivery for this course has resumed to 3 days face-to-face delivery at the UOW College, Wollongong campus. UOW College Australia will continue to monitor and follow any recommendations relating to COVID-19 safe practices and will make adjustments to the mode of delivery as necessary. Alternate delivery arrangements will be advised if NSW Health orders or other COVID-19 safe practices or recommendations are imposed.

Clinical Work Placement

The Diploma of Nursing includes a minimum mandatory 400 hours of clinical work placement throughout the duration of the course, across five (5) placement experiences. Students will be offered additional hours if they have not met the minimum required hours or assessment requirements. UOW College will arrange all clinical work placement experiences with healthcare facilities located in the Illawarra and Southern Sydney regions, from Gerringong to Kogarah. Where possible, a student’s residential address will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement experiences, subject to each student satisfying the full range of ward allocations in rehabilitation, sub-acute and acute areas. Clinical work placements are predominantly within NSW Health facilities but also occur in Residential Aged Care and other private health facilities.

Students are required to attend a combination of morning and afternoon shifts during weekdays in accordance with the schedule and shift times set by the healthcare facility. Students are supported during clinical work placements by a UOW College Clinical Placement Facilitator, under the direct supervision of Registered Nurses. UOW College will provide students with two polo shirts for clinical placement. Students will need to purchase their own black pants or blue scrub pants and enclosed black leather shoes.

Course fees do not include any additional uniform requirements for clinical work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs).

Mandatory Documentation
The healthcare industry in Australia requires that all students engaging in clinical work placement experiences in health care facilities hold the following documentation.

National Police Check
  • Please refer to the NSW Police Force Criminal History webpage for more information. International applicants will require further supporting documentation from their home country.
Immunisation Documentation
  • All students must present evidence of full immunisation or have commenced the vaccination regime at time of enrolment. Please refer to the NSW Health Policy directive for further information about immunisation requirements.

Students will not be permitted to attend mandatory clinical work placement without current police check and immunisation documents. Students will also undergo NSW Health verification for clearance to be eligible to attend clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility. This will be arranged by UOW College soon after enrolment.

Please be aware that NSW Health policy may change from the time of enrolment to clinical placement. Students will be advised about any additional documentation required.

Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and are at the students' own expense.

UOW College strongly recommends that students enrolling in this course consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.

This course is accredited by the University of Wollongong and delivered by UOW College Australia (CRICOS: 02723D; RTO: 91159). UOW College Australia is a registered business name of UOWC Ltd (ABN: 14 105 312 329).

Course information

Study area

Nursing, UOW College Vocational Pathways

Campus

UOW College Wollongong

Course Code

1996

Duration

3 sessions over 18 months

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

094531F

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to provide evidence of having sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to successfully undertake the program’s academic and clinical work placement experience requirements, prior to commencing the program.

There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

  • Completed Australian Year 12, or international equivalent, OR
  • Completed a Certificate IV level qualification or international equivalent, OR
  • Completed a Certificate III level qualification or international equivalent, OR,
  • Completed any UOW College Australia direct entry non-award pathway program, including, but not limited to, the University Entrance Program, AND
  • Minimum age 17 years at course commencement, AND
  • Minimum result of Exit Level 3 in online tests administered by UOW College in Numeracy and/or Reading as follows:
    • Where an applicant has successfully completed an Australian Grade 12 Certificate (eg, NSW HSC) with an English subject, only the Numeracy test is required;
    • Where an applicant has not successfully completed an Australian Grade 12 Certificate (eg, NSW HSC) with an English subject, both Reading and Numeracy tests are required; AND
  • Successfully demonstrate academic and course suitability at a panel interview. The purpose of the panel interview is to assist UOW College in determining an applicant's suitability to the demands of the course and enrolled nursing in general.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your best and most comfortable language (primary language) primarily used for reading, writing, listening, and speaking, you will need to undertake formal English language testing and provide the following additional evidence:

Students that would be required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating they have achieved the NMBA specified level of English language skills with minimum results in accordance with the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard, prior to commencing the program.


Satisfying the above entry requirements does not guarantee entry to this course as limited places are available.

The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

UOW College Wollongong

On Campus

$8,333 (2022)

$24,999 (2022)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

Academic Entry Requirements
  • Completed HSC (or equivalent Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or international equivalent, OR
  • A Certificate IV level qualification or international equivalent (deemed as equivalent to completion of Year 12), OR
  • Completed any UOW College Australia direct entry non-award pathway program, including, but not limited to, the Foundation Studies Program; AND
  • Minimum age 18 years at course commencement, AND
  • Achieve a minimum result of Exit Level 3 in an online Numeracy test administered by UOW College Australia.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

Students that would be required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide a formal English language skills test when applying for registration, must provide a formal English language test result demonstrating they have achieved the NMBA specified level of English language skills with minimum results in accordance with the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard, prior to commencing the program.

Satisfying the entry requirements does not guarantee entry to this course as limited places are available.

The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.


FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

UOW College Wollongong

On Campus

$9,060 (2022)

$27,180 (2022)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2021.

Applicant background

2021 intake

2021 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2021

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW College admission pathways, see UOW College Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2022 UOW College VET Autumn Nursing

UOW College Wollongong

Session: 31 January - 1 July

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

Applications Close

TBA

2022 UOW College VET Spring Nursing

UOW College Wollongong

Session: 18 July - 16 December

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

Applications Close

9:30am Friday, 8 July

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Why choose this course

Upon successful completion of the UOW College Diploma of Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an Enrolled Nurse. Further information on registration is available at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Progression to UOW

Domestic Students
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing are eligible to apply for the UOW Bachelor of Nursing via UAC. If admission is approved, students may be awarded 48 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing (entry into the second year). Entry into the second year is not guaranteed as spaces are limited. Students must also achieve NMBA registration as an Enrolled Nurse and successfully complete a two day Bachelor of Nursing Orientation Program prior to Bachelor commencement. Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing may also use this qualification to apply for a range of other bachelor degrees at UOW.

International Students
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing are eligible to apply to UOW for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing. Applications will be subject to UOW entry requirements including Faculty assessment. If admission is approved, applicants may be awarded 48 credit points towards the Bachelor of Nursing (entry into the second year). Entry into the second year is not guaranteed as spaces are limited. Students must also achieve NMBA registration as an Enrolled Nurse and successfully complete a three day UOW Bachelor of Nursing Orientation Program prior to Bachelor of Nursing commencement. Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Nursing may also use this qualification to apply for a range of bachelor degrees at UOW.

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