Diploma
of Nursing

OVERVIEW

Students enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention are given to their individual needs. Credit for previous nursing/health experience may apply.

The EN works with the registered nurse (RN) as part of the health care team and demonstrates competence in the provision of person-centred care. Core practice generally requires the EN to work under the direct or indirect supervision of the RN. At all times, the EN retains responsibility for his/her actions and remains accountable in providing delegated nursing care.

(NBMA Enrolled nurse standards for practice 2016 p.2)

Graduates benefit from quality employment pathways and/or may build onto their Diploma by continuing onto undergraduate university studies at any number of Australian universities. This Diploma program will provide 12 months credit off most undergraduate nursing degrees (subject to approval).

Note: Students undertaking a Diploma of Nursing will be registered to the AHPRA student register.

For other important information, please read our Pre-admission Student Handbook. You can access it here.
Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting admissions@equals.edu.au.

NMBA REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is the regulator for Australia’s nurses and midwifes. It is a registration requirement that students are able to demonstrate and legally declare themselves to be of good character to practice in the field of nursing.  Graduates wishing to practice as Enrolled Nurses will need to satisfy regulatory authority requirements upon registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For specific registration requirements please visit the NMBA website. Prospective students should be familiar with AHPRA registration requirements if they intend to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with an Admissions Adviser to discuss their application and have any of their questions answered. The applicant interview is a good opportunity to ask questions about registration with the NMBA.

VET STUDENT LOANS

Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the difference if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course. A loan cap of $15,250 applies to this program.

WHY CHOOSE EQUALS?

For over 25 years EQUALS has built a reputation for excellence in industry. Our Nursing and Health Graduates enjoy excellent career and higher learning opportunities.

Our Institute offers a unique level of personal service and customised support. Our friendly team is committed to helping you achieve your goals.

With a strong focus on developing skills & attitudes towards excellent nursing practice, this program seeks to provide a balanced approach to learning within a supportive adult learning environment.

We deliver the Diploma of Nursing as a face to face/on-campus program. In the classroom, we focus on teaching students the practical skills and knowledge needed to work safely and effectively as Enrolled Nurses, including the development of professional competencies in provision of care; professional and collaborative practice; and reflective and analytical practice. Students also develop professional skills in verbal and non-verbal communication; cultural competence; problem-solving; and work readiness.

EQUALS also has dedicated Clinical Skills Laboratories, equipped with current workplace resources and technology. Students will participate in Clinical Laboratory sessions throughout their study and be continually assessed in the simulated environment as well as during integrated professionl practice placements.

Out of the classroom, all students have access to learning and assessment materials via our online learning platform and required textbooks. Interactive learning and self-paced study and review underpin classroom learning and we provide full and ongoing support and training to all students in order to develop their competence in engaging with information technology for learning and work. For specific IT requirements, please refer to our Pre-Admission Student Handbook.

VALUE ADDED WORKSHOPS

Programs at EQUALS also include a number of value added workshops that students can choose to participate in during their studies at EQUALS.  These  workshops are not included in the packaging rules for the qualification.  As such, they are not compulsory for students to achieve the qualification.  The workshops are voluntary and are principally delivered as they align to institutional values of equality, diversity and unity, and may offer additional skills, knowledge and attitudes that improve employability and resilience in the workplace. Workshops are offered in areas including problem solving and consultation skills, spiritual intelligence and introduction to human rights.  These workshops are meaningfully designed to reflect industry feedback and support a student’s personal growth throughout their learning journey.

DELIVERY FORMAT
The program is delivered over 18 months full time, incusive of required industry placements.

1. Classroom and simulated environment attendance: 3-4 days per week, during academic term, at EQUALS International (International students are expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study a week to meet requirements as per clause 7.3 of the ESOS National Code Section C  (20 hours of scheduled theory and practical classes and facilitated on-campus directed learning);

2. Minimum 400 hours Professional Practice Placement* comprising, typically of:

o   160 hours in a residential aged care facility (4 weeks FT or equivalent);

o   80 hours* in a mental health facility (2 weeks FT or equivalent);

o   40 hours in a primary health care service setting (flexible during your 2nd term)

o   120 hours in an acute care setting

Students who do not to complete a mental health care placement will be allocated increased hours in an acute or aged care setting.

All Professional Practice Placements must be approved by the Professional Practice Placement Team.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

As outlined in our Pre-Admissions Handbook, all students must have reliable and ongoing access to a personal computer, internet and printing facilities. Students can access the EQUALS Student Lounge with computer, internet, printing and free wi-fi access during opening hours. Student Services staff offer training and support on the use of IT equipment and applications during any stage of your program.

Students in the Diploma of Nursing are required to develop competent information technology skills as part of their training and preparation in health and nursing informatics. Healthcare environments are increasingly making use of electronic information management as well as innovative nursing equipment, and we ensure our students are competent technology users in simulated and real workplace contexts.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

EQUALS is committed to supporting all individuals to develop their human potential. As an RTO providing vocational education and training, our students reflect diverse cultural, linguistic and career and life experiences. They are people who:

  • are between 18 and 64 years of age
  • have a range of academic backgrounds
  • have experienced a wide range of work and life experiences
  • are Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander
  • are from culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • have diverse abilities

We encourage and celebrate the breadth of diversity represented in our Institute.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
400 hours of approved Professional Practice Placement. Part time available by approval.

Placement Requirements:

All students will be required to wear an EQUALS uniform or the appropriate uniform required by the workplace. Due to the close personal contact involved with client care in nursing, all students following career paths in this industry must maintain up to date immunisation against relevant disease/infection as outlined in the Guidelines for Health Care Workers in SA available from www.health.sa.gov.au/pehs/.

Professional Practice Placements are hosted through a variety of metropolitan and country health services across both private and public sectors.  Professional Practice Placements are allocated to students in advance and are not able to be changed or altered by the student once a placement is offered.  Students fortunate enough to be provided with country placements will be provided with additional information regarding travel and accomodation through their Moodle.

Other requirements for entry into Placements are outlined below.

INTAKES
January, April, July & October Intakes.

Applications are processed progressively and therefore increased demand may result in intakes closing earlier than the date listed above.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as practicable.

IMPORTANT:
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) recently sent correspondence to education providers who deliver the Diploma of Nursing program, notifying that from 1 July 2018 all 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.  The Registration standard is available at the following link:  http://www.ahpra.gov.au/registration/registration-standards/english-language-skills.aspx

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EQUALS is committed to supporting applicants into the study program that will best suit their goals, needs and abilities. For the best opportunity for success, EQUALS requires the following minimum entry requirements to be met in order to be considered for admission to the Diploma of Nursing:

– Successful completion of a minimum of Year 12 or its equivalent; and/or
– Successful completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification; and/or
– Mature Age Entry (18 years or over at the time of application)

All applicants must also demonstrate adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in the health care environments. Domestic applicants will be required to demonstrate adequate literacy and numeracy skills at pre-admission interview through formal assessment. 

Prospective students of the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing are required to demonstrate English Language Skills requirements in line with the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard and the ANMAC Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards.

Prospective students must demonstrate the English Skill Requirements of the Primary Language pathway (pathway A) or Extended Education pathway (pathway B). If the prospective student cannot demonstrate either of these requirements, evidence of testing is required as per the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard (pathway C).

Requirements of the three separate pathways are outlined below.

Pathway A:

On program admission, a formal English language test result would not be required if:

  • An applicant can demonstrate 6 years of primary and secondary education (with at least 2 years between years 7 to 12) taught and assessed in English as per the requirements in the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard

The NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard highlights the following requirements:

1. English is your primary language and:

a) You have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognized countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12, and

b) Your qualification in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under National Law was taught and assessed solely in English in one of the recognised countries*, and

2. In the case of an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence of at least a one year full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries* listed in the registration standard.

Pathway B:

On program admission, a formal English language test result would not be required if:

  • An applicant can demonstrate a sufficient number of years of education taught and assessed in English (secondary, vocational, tertiary as per combinations specified below) so that on completion of the program of study (Diploma of Nursing) the applicant has a total of five (5) years of study e.g.

EQUALS has an 18 month full time equivalent Diploma of Nursing program, therefore the applicant on entry to the program would be required to demonstrate 3 years and 6 months of full time equivalent study taught and assessed in English as per the details in the registration standard.

The NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard highlights the following requirements:

  • If you are applying for registration as an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence of the completion of five (5) years* (full-time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English, in any of the recognised countries

NOTE:

a) The Board will only accept the completion of five (5) years* (full-time equivalent) of:

i) vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
ii) tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
iii) combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
iv) tertiary education taught and assessed in English

from one or more of the recognised countries* listed in the registration standard.

b) The five (5) years referred to in paragraph 3(a) above must include evidence of a minimum of one (1) year* full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries.

Pathway C:

On program admission, when an applicant cannot demonstrate A or B they are required to submit a formal English language test result at the required level, that is:

Demonstrated achievement of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meeting the requirements for test results specified in the standard:

a) the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE: accept test results:

i) from one test sitting, or

ii) a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:

– you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and

– you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and

– no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

b) the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading writing and speaking).

NOTE: accept test results:

i) from one test sitting, or
ii) a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:

– you are tested in all four components in each sitting, and
– you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
– no score in any component of the test is below C

c) the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

NOTE: accept test results:

i) from one test sitting, or

ii) a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:

– a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
– you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
– no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58

d) the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

  • 24 for listening,
  • 24 for reading,
  • 27 for writing, and
  • 23 for speaking.

As per the NMBA ELS registration Standard, recognised country means one of the following:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

In addition, the following industry requirements must be met by students before participation in Professional Practice Placement:

1. Have appropriate DCSI clearances (x3 – Aged, Children, Vulnerable); and
2. Have a current Provide First Aid certificate; and
3. Have a current CPR certificate; and
4. Have a current Safe Handling Practices certificate; and
5. Have a record of current Immunisation; and
6. Have a current Hand Hygiene certificate; and
7. Be physically fit to meet industry requirements.

Additional requirements prior to acute care placement include:

8. Tuberculosis screening
9. Clinical transfusion practice certificate
10. Patient blood management certificate
11. SA Health online orientation
12. Clinical Deed Poll completion

Access to further information and links are available to currently enrolled students.

TYPICAL STUDY UNITS
Core Units

  • 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 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
  • 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 setting
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Elective Units

  • HLTENN010 Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
  • HLTENN025 Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness
DOMESTIC ENROLMENTS
  • Tuition Fee (AUD):
  • WorkReady Applicants: From $6000 (including $3995 Professional Experience Fee). Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply. Check your eligibility at www.skills.gov.au.
  • Fee for Service: $17995  plus $3995 Professional Experience Fee.  Total $21990.
  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Study Mode: On Campus
  • Intakes: See Brochure
  • Qual Code: HLT54115
  • RPL: Yes
  • VET Student Loans Eligible: Yes
  • Resources Required: Yes         
  • Qual Status: Current
INTERNATIONAL ENROLMENTS
  • Tuition Fee (AUD):  $2o995,plus $3995 Professional Experience Fee.  Total $24990.

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: 18 months

  • Study Mode: On Campus 

  • Qual Code: HLT54115

  • CRICOS Course Code: 093204G
  • RPL: Yes
  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current