Health & Nursing Courses

HLT64121 Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Mental Health)


Up to 52 weeks


Domestic Students
International Students
Yes 108164E
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Ongoing intakes


This qualification equips existing Enrolled Nurses with advanced clinical skills, management and leadership competencies, research skills and additional knowledge in the area of client management, assessment, and care.

Nurses enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention is given to their individual and work needs. Training sessions for this qualification are supported by blended and online learning methods.

This course may provide university credit of 12 or more months (with the Diploma of Nursing HLT54121 course). Please check with the higher learning institution regarding eligibility for credits.
For more information, please read our Student Handbook. You can access it here.

Alternatively, please contact to have the handbook emailed to you.


Subsidised Training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Check your eligibility here.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is restricted to applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently working in Australia as an enrolled nurse and hold current registration as an enrolled nurse without notation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Overseas Health Insurance: International students are required to hold cover for the duration of the course.

An entry health & skills questionnaire and interview may be required prior to enrolment.

Current and valid Provide First Aid certificate, Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Check for working with vulnerable people, children, and in the Aged Care sector, plus Physical Fitness are required for this course.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of placement host facilities.

Study Units

Core Units

  • HLTENN020 Conduct clinical assessments
  • HLTENN033 Research and report on nursing trends and practice
  • HLTENN034 Contribute to the improvement of clinical practice


Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
  • HLTENN031 Apply nursing practice in contemporary mental health care settings
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSM002 Implement case management practice
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions


Please note the above units are subject to change without notice

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 $18,097 applies to this course.

Domestic Study Mode


Work Integrated Learning

All participants in the Advanced Diploma of Nursing HLT64121 are currently employed as ENs in Australia and EQUALS therefore anticipates that employers will work together with EQUALS Work Integrated Learning staff and students to facilitate on-the-job learning opportunities. EQUALS will liaise with workplaces and students to determine a facilitation program for workplace assessment as per unit of competency requirements.

Where students do not have access to an appropriate workplace context for demonstration of Advanced Nursing skills (e.g. in mental health nursing), EQUALS will liaise with the student to arrange a part time professional practice placement host to facilitate learning and assessment.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode


Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible


Domestic VET Loan Cap