About the course

About the course

Gain the essential skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse in a variety of healthcare settings with our nursing course. In this rewarding career, enrolled nurses care for patients under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.

During this health course, you'll learn how to implement general nursing care, assess client's health and analyse health-related information. You’ll also learn how to administer and monitor medications and attend to the needs of a range of healthcare clients, including older clients, acute care clients and people with mental health conditions. The course will assist you to develop effective communication skills and understand how to work within legal and ethical parameters in nursing.

You will complete a minimum of 400 hours of mandatory clinical placement in a range of healthcare settings across metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Please note, if you choose to study at CAE City Campus you will be required to attend some practical sessions at Box Hill Institute's Elgar Road campus in Box Hill.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

January, April & October

Full time: 2 years (3 - 4 days per week)

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program may be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with some theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing (MS Teams) software rather than attend classes. 

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. In the current environment of COVID-19, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as an enrolled nurse. Please see NMBA website for information about registration requirements and how to apply.

You may wish to apply for employment opportunities as an enrolled nurse in a range of health settings such as:

  • acute care
  • chronic care
  • aged care
  • rehabilitation
  • community
  • mental health

Enrolled nurses work under the direction of a registered nurse and in collaboration with registered nurses and other members of the health care team to support the health and well being of people.

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Entry Requirements

Please read this document regarding Inherent Nursing Requirements.

You must:

  1. be at least 18 years of age (mature age students are welcome to apply)
  2. demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy skills (all applicants must sit the Box Hill Institute core skills diagnostic test. Applicants are required to achieve minimum exit level 3 for Literacy, Numeracy & Writing)
  3. be able to provide below checks prior to the first clinical placement:
    • a current clear Working with Children Check
    • a current clear National Police Record Check
    • an up-to-date immunisation/vaccination record (including flu vaccination)
  4. have complete COVID19 vaccination history
  5. have basic computer skills
  6. attend a group interview
  7. provide evidence of meeting at least one of the two English language standards listed below prior to enrolment:
    1. English as your primary spoken language OR 
    2. Valid English test using one of the following:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic module. We only accept test results:
        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if:
          • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
          • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5
      • Occupational English Test (OET). We will only accept test results:
        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if:
          • you are tested in all 4 components in each sitting, and
          • you achieve a minimum score of B in each component across the two sittings, and
          • no score in any component of the test is below
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. We will only accept test results:
        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if:
          • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
          • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the 2 sittings, and
          • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT. We will only accept test results:
        • from one test sitting, or
        • a maximum of 2 test sittings in a 6-month period only if:
          • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking across the 2 sittings, and
          • no score in any of the sections is below:
            • 20 for listening
            • 19 for reading
            • 24 for writing, and
            • 20 for speaking

For more information, please refer to the English language skills registration standard policy for nurses and midwives on the ANMAC website.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Our 2022 January and April intakes are now closed. 

When intakes open again, you'll need to:

  1. submit your expression of interest through our website or by calling us
  2. you will be sent an application form and an online core skills diagnostic test to complete
  3. watch the information session video provided on the online application 
  4. based on an assessment of your application and test results a link will be emailed to you to attend an online group interview
  5. join in the group interview link at the scheduled time and day.  Please join in 5 minutes prior to the commencement of the interview

A letter of offer will be sent to you based on the outcome of the group interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you may have the option of applying to universities and be granted up to 12 months credit towards most 3 year Bachelor of Nursing qualifications.

There are many pathways available after successful completion of this course. Box Hill Institute has specific articulation arrangements with ACU, Deakin and La Trobe Universities. All Box Hill Institute nursing graduates with HLT54115 will be required to meet ACU’s minimum admission requirements of a sound achievement in English and any other university entry criteria, and will receive agreed credit of 80 credit points on confirmation of application. ACU also guarantee the direct pathway for top 10 students towards the Bachelor of Nursing.

Bachelor of Midwifery entry is not guaranteed. However, successful candidates who have graduated from Box Hill Institute will receive credit points on confirmation of application.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply for maximum 8 credit points into the Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University, subject to meeting requirements for entry into their program.

Students will be eligible to apply through the usual tertiary admission process.

International students: You may wish to apply or package this course with a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University (CRICOS Provider: 00113B)  or Australian Catholic University (CRICOS Provider: 00004G)

Please note: articulation arrangements, credit transfers and guaranteed entry into higher education courses delivered by other training providers are subject to change.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$11,926$28,777
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$900$900$900
Retain Course Items$2,800$2,800$2,800
Total Course Estimate$3,949$15,875$32,726
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,099$7,792$15,835

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 25 units of competency (including 20 core units and 5 elective units)

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