EQUALS was founded over 25 years ago, with the dream of promoting and developing human potential. Throughout our history we have been involved in philanthropic projects and activities and the promotion of human rights within the local and wider community.
As our capacity has grown, so has our ability to meet the needs of a changing world. Over time EQUALS has established new collaborations with government, industry and the not-for profit sector, and innovations in service delivery that have contributed towards social advancement, and act as a vehicle towards achieving our overarching vision and mission.
About the course
Students enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention are given to their individual needs. Credit for previous nursing/health experience may apply.
The EN works with the registered nurse (RN) as part of the health care team and demonstrates competence in the provision of person-centred care. Core practice generally requires the EN to work under the direct or indirect supervision of the RN. At all times, the EN retains responsibility for his/her actions and remains accountable in providing delegated nursing care.
(NBMA Enrolled nurse standards for practice 2016 p.2)
Graduates benefit from quality employment pathways and/or may build onto their Diploma by continuing onto undergraduate university studies at any number of Australian universities. This Diploma program will provide 12 months credit off most undergraduate nursing degrees (subject to approval).
The program is delivered over 18 months full time, incusive of required industry placements.
1. Classroom and simulated environment attendance: 3-4 days per week, during academic term, at EQUALS International (International students are expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study a week to meet requirements as per clause 7.3 of the ESOS National Code Section C (20 hours of scheduled theory and practical classes and facilitated on-campus directed learning);
2. Minimum 400 hours Professional Practice Placement* comprising, typically of:
o 160 hours in a residential aged care facility (4 weeks FT or equivalent);
o 80 hours* in a mental health facility (2 weeks FT or equivalent);
o 40 hours in a primary health care service setting (flexible during your 2nd term)
o 120 hours in an acute care setting
Students who do not to complete a mental health care placement will be allocated increased hours in an acute or aged care setting.
All Professional Practice Placements must be approved by the Professional Practice Placement Team.
EQUALS is committed to supporting applicants into the study program that will best suit their goals, needs and abilities. For the best opportunity for success, EQUALS requires the following minimum entry requirements to be met in order to be considered for admission to the Diploma of Nursing:
* Successful completion of a minimum of Year 12 or its equivalent; and/or
* Successful completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification; and
All applicants must also demonstrate adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in the health care environments.
Prospective students of the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing are required to demonstrate English Language Skills requirements in line with the NMBA English Language Skills Registration Standard and the ANMAC Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards.
Demonstrated achievement of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meeting the requirements for test results specified in the standard:
a) 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).
b) the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading writing and speaking).
c) 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).