Key messages

  • As an enrolled nurse, you can do courses that will help you progress your career.
  • You can do courses to give you the skills to work in areas such as acute care, palliative care and mental health.
  • You can do additional training so you can administer medicines as an enrolled nurse.
  • You can ‘convert’ your enrolled nurse training to a nursing degree to become a registered nurse.

Doing further study as an enrolled nurse

As an enrolled nurse you can do courses that will help you progress your career and give you the skills to work in areas such as acute care, palliative care and mental health, to name a few.

You can do single units or clusters of units from the diploma and the advanced diploma qualifications. If you want to study from the diploma or advanced diploma, discuss the available units and pathways with TAFE or registered training organisations.

Administering medicines course

You can do additional training so you can administer medicines as an enrolled nurse. Find out more about medicines administration on the ‘Medicines administration by enrolled nurses registered nurses’ page.

Upgrading your qualifications to become a registered nurse

You can ‘convert’ your enrolled nurse training to a nursing degree to become a registered nurse.

It’s not for everybody, but some enrolled nurses want to study further to upgrade their nursing qualifications.

Enrolled nurses can do an abridged course (generally two years) to upgrade to a bachelor degree in nursing.

You may be able to get individual or block credit towards a bachelor degree in nursing and some credit may be awarded towards a Bachelor of Midwifery – how much depends on the particular course.

More information

Look at the course details of the universities in Victoria offering the bachelor degree in nursing to find the course that suits you. Contact the course coordinator at that university for more information. They can advise you about entry requirements and credit processes.

For a full list of the approved courses, see the ‘Approved programs of study’ on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

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