Diploma of Nursing

National Course Code
Study Area(s)
Health and Community
Course Length
2 years
Course Fees

Course structure

Incorporating a clinical work placement, this hand-on qualification provides you with the nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Australian national nursing and midwifery regulatory authority.

Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical work placements all students must obtain a Victorian Police Check, a Working with Children clearance (WWC) and prescribed vaccinations.

A list of required vaccinations will be supplied by the Institute.

Students will be responsible for the costs associated with requirements.

If placements are undertaken outside of metropolitan Melbourne any accommodation costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

This qualification covers the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Australian national nursing and midwifery regulatory authority.

In a typical week, Diploma of Nursing students will usually attend classes three days per week with approximately 60 percent theory and 40 percent coursework practical placement.

Classes will be scheduled between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Coursework practical placement is usually shift work, Monday to Friday, typically between the hours of 7am to 3:30pm and 1pm to 9:30pm, but may vary between health providers.

The teaching methods used include lectures, class discussions, flexible delivery, group work and coursework practical placement.

The assessment methods include tests, assignments, class presentations, posters, reports, skills assessment, work sheets and coursework practical placement.

Modes of Study

This course requires face to face classroom study and compulsory work placement (arranged by Kangan Institute) of 400 hours

Course Modules

Module CodeModule Title
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care system
HLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practice
HLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care
HLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans
HLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs
HLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment
HLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy
HLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
HLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems
HLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems
HLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older person
HLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Major study areas

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Infection prevention
  • Cultural diversity
  • Indigenous health
  • Law and ethics
  • Client assessment
  • Wound management
  • Medications
  • Professional nursing
  • Communications skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Mental health
  • Chronic health
  • Older clients
  • Australian healthcare system
  • First aid
  • Electrocardiography
  • Develop work priorities
  • Caring for diabetes
  • Palliative care

Books and Equipment (AUD$)

Included in the material fee, however students will need to purchase their own stationery.

Numeracy Skills:

  • Minimum 60% pass in mathematics in Australian Year 12 equivalency or higher
  • Sit the BKSB numeracy assessment with a minimum level 3 score (off-shore)
  • Sit the VETASSESS numeracy assessment with a minimum score of 21 (on-shore)

    English Language Skills:
  • Evidence of completing at least 3 years of (full time equivalent) of combined secondary and/or vocational education, and/or tertiary education taught and assessed in English, in one of the recognised countries~
  • Evidence of 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) – in one sitting.
  • Evidence of OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) – in one sitting.
  • Evidence of 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) – in one sitting.
  • 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 – in one sitting.

    Age: minimum 18 years of age

    Interview: You may be required to attend an interview in person or Skype with the teaching department.

    It is advisable to bring your medical and immunisation records with you for offshore applicants

    ~ Recognised country means one of the following: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America

February and July intake.

Term 1 4 Feb to 5 April
Holidays 6 April to 22 April
Term 2 23 April to 28 June
Holidays 29 June to 14 July
Term 3 15 July to 20 Sept
Holidays 21 Sept to 6 Oct
Term 4 7 Oct to 20 Dec

Study pathways

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Career pathways

Graduates may seek employment as a:

  • Enrolled nurse (subject to registration with AHPRA) may gain employment in aged care facilities, hospitals, general medical practice, and community nursing.
  • See NMBA for registration requirements, Click here


Apply now Or call +613 9279 2222 or email international@kangan.edu.au to apply.