This qualification reflects the role of an enrolled nurse working under supervision of a registered nurse. This qualification covers the application of skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector. A lifespan approach should underpin this qualification with relevant competencies that relate to the different stages of life identified within the units. 

A graduate from a Diploma of Nursing program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is able to apply for registration with the NMBA as an enrolled nurse. Further information on registration is available at

Note that the scope of practice for enrolled nurses is determined by state and territory legislative requirements and the policies and procedures of the employing organisation. Users of this qualification must refer to those instruments in the development of training and assessment strategies.

This qualification includes 25 units (20 core units and 5 elective units). 

The course is provided through classroom delivery with work placement and self-study. While the course duration will vary from student to student, this course will be delivered and assessed over 4 semesters or study periods  (8 study terms) with students completing face-to-face training for the classroom and simulation hours at the Australian Centre of Further Education and 400 hours in the workplace over four placement blocks.

Online Resources

  1. ELSEVIER online resources - Clinical Key Online
  2. Joanna Briggs Institute Database