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HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Free TAFE Nursing

Next intake October 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Werribee Watton Campus
DurationFull-time: 2 Years

Course description

This popular course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to register as an enrolled nurse or create a pathway to university. 

Our experienced team of trainers will teach you about anatomy and physiology, communication skills, medical terminology, infection control, legal and ethical issues associated with nursing, nursing patients with complex needs, administering medications, and nursing patients with mental health needs. Our partnerships with Barwon Health, St John of God Hospital, and other healthcare providers also provide excellent work placement and employment opportunities. 

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Upon completing your studies, you will be eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the NMBA.

Work placement/industry experience

400 hours of work placement is required in this course, organised by The Gordon. You will complete 11 weeks of full-time placement, in 2-3 full-week blocks with a combination of both morning and afternoon shifts rostered. Placement may occur during semester break. Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. You must obtain a current police check and a Working with Children Check prior to commencing your placement. The uniform is a Gordon top; blue pants and flat non-slip shoes should be worn. *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the student. As per worker vaccination requirements all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), Varicella, Measles mumps-rubella (MMR), Tuberculosis (TB) and current year influenza vaccination. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities.

Possible career outcomes

  • Enrolled nurse in a variety of settings
  • Pathways to higher education

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

Find out more about our nursing and bridging programs and hear from teachers to see if a nursing career is for you.

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 19 Mar 2024
Close: 13 Jun 2024 
Class Day4 days, 9am-4pm, classroom and over Zoom
Full-time: 2 Years    
2024 July
Werribee Watton Campus 
Open: 19 Mar 2024
Close: 13 Jun 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2023
4 days, 9am-4pm, classroom and over Zoom
Full-time: 2 Years    
2024 October
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 4 Jun 2024
Close: 1 Oct 2024 
Class DayStart: 2 Oct 2024
4 days, 9am-4pm, classroom and over Zoom
Full-time: 2 Years  Apply  
2024 October
Werribee Watton Campus 
Open: 5 Jun 2024
Close: 1 Oct 2024 
Class DayStart: 7 Oct 2024
4 days, 9am-4pm, classroom and over Zoom
Full-time: 2 Years  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

Course Delivery

The Diploma of Nursing is predominantly delivered face-to-face in the classroom, with some theoretical classes delivered online through the Zoom platform. The course is structured in this way due to the practical nature of nursing, with online classes to support the theoretically underpinning knowledge.

  • Applicants must be 18 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • Up to date immunisation/vaccination record.
  • The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) under Standard 6.1 require that applicants are informed of the following before accepting an offer of enrolment: 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, prior to commencing the program. Find more information here.
  • When responding to application questions, please be aware that your application is scored against a set of criteria to help determine if this program is a good match for your abilities, experience and goals. Therefore, it is important that you provide detailed and clear responses to each of the application questions.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy HLTENN040 275
Analyse and respond to client health information HLTAAP003 60
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control HLTINF006 35
Apply communication skills in nursing practice HLTENN036 50
Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice HLTENN041 30
Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting HLTENN047 80
Apply principles of wound management HLTENN039 60
Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002 90
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 25
Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health conditions HLTENN043 150
Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health conditions HLTENN044 60
Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions HLTENN042 60
Implement and monitor care of the older person HLTENN045 75
Implement monitor and evaluate nursing care HLTENN038 110
Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care HLTENN037 50
Practise nursing within the Australian health care system HLTENN035 75
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002 25
Provide end of life care and a palliative approach in nursing practice HLTENN068 70
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 120
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Contribute to the nursing care of a person with diabetes HLTENN057 80
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006 25
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18
Research and apply evidence to practice CHCPOL003 65


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Individual and group presentations
  • Written tasks
  • Exams
  • Demonstration of Practical Laboratory
  • Professional workplace

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $10.47 per hour 1788 AUD $18,720.00 AUD $17,780.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.25 per hour 1788 AUD $32,631.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $845.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $268.20
Administrative fee AUD $450.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $18,097

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Deakin University

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 17/06/2024 2:01:20 PM