Diploma of Nursing Students

The Diploma of Nursing is delivered at the following campuses:

The course is delivered over 18 months in four blocks including theory and Professional experience placements. This will enable students to progressively develop the required knowledge and skills for safe enrolled nurse practice.

Applications for the 2020 Program close 12 noon Wednesday 19 February 2020. The next application intake will commence in January 2021.

2019 Diploma of Nursing Course Guide
2020 Diploma of Nursing Program Guide

The Program Guide for the 2021 intake will be uploaded prior to the selection process.

All NSW Health RTO applicants will be treated fairly and equitably at all times, including during the application and enrolment process.

Entry Requirements and how to Apply

The recruitment of students into the Diploma of Nursing program is undertaken by NSW Health Ministry of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office (NAMO) which advertises the program. NAMO has in place a stringent application process through which students apply and have to meet certain requirements prior to referral to the next stage of recruitment which consists of attending an interview with RTO program staff and undertaking LLN testing using the LLN Robot Tool, approved by the Department of Education and Training.

The student recruitment strategy for entry into the Diploma of Nursing program includes two stages:

Stage 1 - Submit an application through the Ministry of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office (NAMO)

The eligibility criteria for this includes:

  • Be Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizens residing in Australia who hold a current Special Category Visa are considered to be permanent residents (evidence is required)
  • Reside in NSW
  • Meet the English language skill standard to gain registration as an EN in Australia, as specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent), or a Certificate III (AQF Level 3) qualification (or equivalent)
  • Be prepared to work within NSW Health as an EN on graduation, and to comply with NSW Health employment and immunisation policies.
  • Be prepared to undertake a National Criminal Record Check when progressing to enrolment
  • Not previously or currently been enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing program
  • Not previously qualified as an EN or a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Not previously received a NSW Health EN Scholarship.

The Selection Process includes:

  • Students submit an application online which requires:
    • Personal and contact information
    • Responses to the 3 selection criteria:
      • Communication skills
      • Team work
      • Time management
    • Academic qualifications
    • Schooling/education history
    • Work/industry/community experience
    • Preferred location for study and clinical placements.
  • Applications are assessed for eligibility by the Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Ministry of Health. Ineligible/incomplete applications are notified unsuccessful prior to the end February.
  • Eligible applications are referred to NSW Health RTO delivery sites for further assessment. If eligible, students will be invited to attend the RTO campuses for literacy, language, and numeracy testing (an assessment of reading, comprehension, and basic mathematical skills), conducted from late February - late March. Students will need to take all their documents to support their application for sighting by the RTO staff as evidence of their eligibility.

Stage 2 - Application process through NSW Health RTO

Successful students who pass Stage 1 will PROCEED TO AN INTERVIEW. The interview panel consists of up to 3 people and will include representatives from the RTO program staff and delivery sites.

  • During this interview students are asked questions about safety, communication, interest in nursing career and commitment to the program and aptitude questions.
  • Students undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test, if successful they are then selected for entry into the program.

Enrolment Process

NSW Health RTO delivery site staff will approve and notify successful students of their acceptance into enrolment.

You will be provided with information on how to obtain a Unique Student Identifier and how to complete your AVETMISS requirements. Students will be provided with assistance if necessary.

In most cases, students will be funded in this program under Smart and Skilled. Where applicable, students will be provided with relevant information and documentation.

VET Student Loans

Students enrolled in the Diploma of Nursing study full time. So that students in this program are able to access Centrelink benefits, where needed, NSW Health RTO is a VET Student Loans Provider.

Census Dates and Tuition Fees
Census Dates - Diploma of Nursing 2019_2020
Census Dates - Diploma of Nursing 2018_2019

Student Withdrawals
If you are considering withdrawing from this course, you must first discuss with your Program Coordinator. For information relating to student withdrawals, please refer to:

  • Withdrawal Form
  • Fees and Refunds Policy
  • Refund of Fees Procedures
  • VSL Re-crediting Balances

These can be found in Policies, Procedures and Documents

Student Management and Review
Applicants should be aware of the following Policies and Procedures found on Policies, Procedures and Documents

  • RTOEO Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedures
  • RTOEO Academic Progress Policy and Procedures