Diploma of Nursing

National Course Code
Study Area(s)
Course Length
2 years 3 months
Course Fees

Course structure

Incorporating 5 clinical work placements over the 2 year course, this hands-on qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

This course includes a minimum of 400 hours of mandatory clinical placement.

Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical placements all students must obtain a National Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and prescribed immunisations. A list of required immunisations will be supplied by the Institute.

It is now a requirement that students who have been a citizen or permanent resident of any country other than Australia or reside in any other single country other than Australia for 12 months or more are required to provide the following:
- Nation-wide check of criminal history produced by the relevant national authority (certified English translation); or international criminal history check issued by an AHPRA approved supplier.

Students will be responsible for the costs associated with these requirements.

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

It is advisable to bring your medical and immunisation records with you for offshore applicants. Test results will be accepted if they were obtained within the two (2) years before the date you apply for enrolment.

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.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Kangan Institute’s Vaccination Policy

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
BSBWOR404Develop work priorities (BSBWOR404)
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice (CHCPOL003)
HLTENN010Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice (HLTENN010)
HLTENN025Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes (HLTENN025)
HLTAID011Provide First Aid (HLTAID011)
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (CHCDIV002)
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status (HLTAAP002)
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information (HLTAAP003)
HLTENN001Practise nursing within the Australian health care system (HLTENN001)
HLTENN002Apply communication skills in nursing practice (HLTENN002)
HLTENN003Perform clinical assessment and contribute to planning nursing care (HLTENN003)
HLTENN004Implement, monitor and evaluate nursing care plans (HLTENN004)
HLTENN005Contribute to nursing care of a person with complex needs (HLTENN005)
HLTENN006Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment (HLTENN006)
HLTENN007Administer and monitor medicines and intravenous therapy (HLTENN007)
HLTENN008Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice (HLTENN008)
HLTENN009Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions (HLTENN009)
HLTENN011Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems (HLTENN011)
HLTENN012Implement and monitor care for a person with chronic health problems (HLTENN012)
HLTENN013Implement and monitor care of the older person (HLTENN013)
HLTENN015Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting (HLTENN015)
HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures (HLTINF001)
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care (HLTWHS002)

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
  • Acute and complex nursing care
  • Develop work priorities
  • Primary health care
  • Palliative care

Books and Equipment (AUD$)

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

Annual Amenities Fee


Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

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


  • It is mandatory that all nursing students have the required vaccinations prior to placement including Fluvax. This information will be provided by the Institute.
  • All students must have both COVID-19 vaccination before enrolment and provide proof.


  • students may be required to be fit tested for a N95 respirator mask. This is at the cost to the student and approximately $140-$150.
  • face asks are mandatory  and must be worn by all students for all clinical placements - there are no exemptions

Numeracy Skills:

  • Minimum 60% pass in mathematics in Australian Year 12 equivalency or higher
    Sit the BKSB LLN numeracy assessment with a minimum level 4 score (off-shore)
    Sit the BKSB LLN numeracy assessment with a minimum score of 21 (on-shore)

English Language Skills:

The only two acceptable English Language Skills (ESL) include:

1. If English is the primary language evidence of attending and completing six years of primary and secondary education, in a recognised country, including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12.

Recognised countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

2. If English is not the primary language you will need to provide a valid ELS test (within 2 years of enrolment) and achieve the minimum scores in the one sitting.

Valid ELS Tests include:

  • 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).
  • the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • 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).
  • other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time and published on the Board’s website with the required minimum scores.
  • 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

7 February 2022

27 April 2022

11 July 2022


Term 1 28 January - 1 April
Holidays 2 April - 11 April
Term 2 19 April - 25 June
Holidays 26 June - 11 July
Term 3 12 July - 17 September
Holidays 18 September - 3 October
Term 4 4 October - 17 December

Classes are scheduled 3 days per week Monday to Friday between 9.00am to 4.00pm. Schedules are subject to change and timetables will be confirmed at orientation.

Study pathways

Students can undertake further studies at the university level.

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.