Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode

Blended Learning, predominately Face-to-Face, simulation labs and workplace placement

Duration

18 months Full Time: 3 semesters (limited breaks between semesters), 27 months Part Time

Course Code

HLT54115

Start dates

Melbourne - Full time - 2 X intake 1st February 2021 & 2 X intakes 1st March 2021, Part time - 1 X intake 1st March 2021

Ballarat - Full time - 1st March 2021

North Sydney - Full time - 1st February 2021

Blacktown - Full time - 1st March 2021 (pending ANMAC approval)

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under supervision of a registered nurse and covers the application of skills and  knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) College have collaborated with industry to promote and educate students as enrolled nurses through an 18-month full-time Diploma of Nursing or 27 month Part time program. Industry-supported collaboration combines excellent learning facilities with extensive practical experience with our industry partners and other stakeholders in the Healthcare sector. ACU College will also provide a high-quality teaching and learning environment for all theory and simulation learning at each of the ACU Campuses.

Exclusive to ACU College, our industry-partnership programs invite successful applicants to complete major components of practical clinical placement at their facilities and benefiting from customised learning opportunities before progressing to being eligible to interview for graduate programs offered by our partners. Students are also well supported in other work experience opportunities outside the industry-supported partnerships with a superior list of health networks.

A graduate from this Diploma of Nursing program with be equipped with the essential nursing skills and knowledge that are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and able to apply for registration with the NMBA through AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) as an enrolled nurse. 

Why study at ACU college?

ACU College is in a select position of operating as a Registered Training Organisation based in a University where all enrolled students benefit from the services offered by the university and can access the exclusive pathways to further their educational opportunities should prospective students seek a further studies pathway choice.

Furthermore, ACU College has relationships with industry partners to facilitate employment pathways. Industry partners can offer students induction, study, placement and additional learning opportunities which guarantees a student an interview in their Graduate Program.

The Industry-supported programs are ideal for those looking to return to work or re-skill to be work-ready in a known environment on the day you graduate giving you an advantage over other candidates. 

Class Structure

In summary the teaching and learning structure follows

  • 3 stages
  • Face to face didactic learning in classrooms 4 days per week
  • Flipped classroom delivery – workshop focused
  • Nursing laboratory (Simulation) skills development on campus
  • Supervised workplace experience (400 hours)
  • 25 units of competency
  • 17 of these units are linked to Supervised workplace experience
  • Total of 4 Clinical placements - 2-3 weeks in duration


STAGE ONE

  • Foundation skills
  • Clinical placement (120 hours)


STAGE TWO

  • Analytical skills
  • Clinical placements x 2 (120 & 80 hours)


STAGE THREE

  • Complex skills
  • Clinical placement (80 hours)

Professional Placement Requirement

Professional experience placement or supervised workplace experience is an essential component of units offered within the Diploma of Nursing program. Successful completion of all scheduled Professional Experience Placements (PEP) is necessary to gain a ‘Satisfactory’ result in each unit in order to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA. Students undertake 400 hours of PEP in a range of settings: Aged, Subacute, Mental Health and Acute Medical/Surgical Care as detailed in above table.

There are a number of specified requirements needed prior to placement including a Police Check (National Police certificate) and Working with Children (WWC) check. It is also imperative that a student completes an immunisation program prior to placement and is aged 18 years prior to the first placement. The schedule of vaccinations includes:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (dTpa) – not ADT
  • Varicella
  • Tuberculosis - Quantiferon Gold
  • Polio
  • Influenza (annually)

Professional recognition

Professional experience placement or supervised workplace experience is an essential component of units offered within the Diploma of Nursing program. Successful completion of all scheduled Professional Experience Placements (PEP) is necessary to gain a ‘Satisfactory’ result in each unit in order to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with AHPRA. Students undertake 400 hours of PEP in a range of settings: Aged, Subacute, Mental Health and Acute Medical/Surgical Care as detailed in above table.

There are a number of specified requirements needed prior to placement including a Police Check (National Police certificate) and Working with Children (WWC) check. It is also imperative that a student completes an immunisation program prior to placement and is aged 18 years prior to the first placement. The schedule of vaccinations includes:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (dTpa) – not ADT
  • Varicella
  • Tuberculosis - Quantiferon Gold
  • Polio
  • Influenza (annually)

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Career and Industry Partnership

Graduating as an Enrolled nurses with a nationally accredited qualification, individuals are job ready to work under the direction and supervision of registered nurses, assist with the provision of acute, preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing care in hospitals, aged-care facilities, the community and other healthcare settings.

ACU College has also collaborated with industry to create industry-partnership programs to create employment pathways as a viable induction into an entry level role. Our partners include:

  • Cabrini
  • St Vincents Health Australia
  • Mercy Health

Course details

How will you learn

ACU College provides a blended learning environment that includes face-to-face classes, practical simulated lab sessions, and professional placement with our large network of industry partners. There is some online delivery.

What you will study/key features

To be successfully awarded HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing student must be deemed competent in all 25 units of competency

  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units

Units of study

Unit codeUnit nameNominal hoursCoreElective

HLTENN002

Apply communication skills in nursing practice

50

YES

HLTENN001

Practice nursing within the Australian health care system

100

YES

HLTINF001

Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

25

YES

HLTAAP002

Confirm Physical Health Status

90

YES

HLTWHS002

Follow safe work practices for direct client care

25

YES

HLTENN008

Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

30

YES

HLTAID003

Provide first aid

18

YES

HLTENN004

Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans

110

YES

HLTENN003

Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care

50

YES

HLTENN013

Implement and monitor care of the older person

75

YES

HLTENN009

Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions

60

YES

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

120

YES

HLTENN006

Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment

45

YES

HLTENN012

Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems

50

YES

HLTAAP003

Analyse and respond to client health information

60

YES

HLTENN010

Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice

50

YES

YES

HLTENN015

Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting

80

YES

HLTENN007

Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy

250

YES

HLTENN005

Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs

90

YES

HLTENN025

Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes

80

YES

HLTENN011

Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems

70

YES

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

40

YES

HLTWHS006

Manage personal stressors in the work environment

25

YES

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

25

YES

BSBWOR404

Develop work priorities

40

YES

TOTAL HOURS

This includes 400 hours of professional experience placement

1658

RPL and credit transfers

ACU College recognizes your acquired relevant competencies and capabilities. If you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), please request the RPL/CT policy at during the information sessions

  • You must provide certified and validated evidence for a Credit Transfer; and,
  • Applicants applying for RPL must complete a detailed application and undergo an assessment only process. Applicants will need to provide references of workplace application of skills and knowledge.

AQF framework

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5

How to apply

How to apply

Direct application to ACU College - not through your state-based Tertiary Admissions Centre such as VTAC or UAC. Please submit your expression of interest through the ‘Apply’ menu tab.

Once your expression of interest is received, ACUC will distribute information regarding the enrolment process and eligibility requirements for government funding and/or VET Student Loan (VSL)

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Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment

Each applicant must undertake a Pre-Training review (PTR) which consists of an online (Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment, a short questionnaire and interview. The objective of the PTR is to establish if the course and the proposed learning strategies and materials are suitable for the learner, and if the learner is suitable for the course and demonstrates motivation and ability.

The objective of LLN assessment is to determine whether the applicant meets the ACSF requirements set by ANMAC of exit level 3 in (as a minimum) the numeracy core skill; it will also establish:

  • If the applicant requires LLN support throughout the training program or workplace tasks, or
  • should an applicant complete a lower level qualification before commencing the training.

Interview

Each applicant identified as meeting the ACSF requirement or demonstrates sound Literacies and numeracy skills is invited to interview and completes a pre-training review questionnaire. The interview is a behavioural-type group interview.

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