In a nutshell
The Diploma of Nursing from Open Colleges is the premier qualification for nursing in Australia. It is the perfect starting point for anyone in South Australia or Western Australia wishing to become an Enrolled Nurse.
Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of practising nursing within the Australian healthcare system. From assessing the health status of clients and planning necessary care to applying legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice, students will receive a rounded introduction into the world of nursing. There is a keen focus on practical skills, covering everything from managing wounds in a clinical environment to administering and monitoring medicines and intravenous therapy.
Students attend campus two days per week for facilitated learning and practical skills sessions. Face-to-face attendance is supplemented through online self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights; AND
- You must reside in South Australia or Western Australia; AND
- You must complete the Core Skills Test; AND
- You will also need to:
- Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, OR
- Apply based on your work and/or life experience.
In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:
- 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
- BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information
- BSBWOR404 - Develop work priorities
- HLTAID006 - Provide advanced first aid
- HLTENN010 - Apply a palliative approach in nursing practice
- HLTENN025 - Implement and monitor care for a person with diabetes
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: