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 TAFE SA plays a pivotal role in training and professional development of Nurses in South Australia. In 2013, TAFE SA provided the state’s health industry with over 250 nursing graduates, and provided Professional Development training to those currently in the workforce.

TAFE SA offers Nurses, and those aspiring to a career in this field, a range of opportunities including:

If you want to find out more about the services we offer, please email the TAFE SA’s Nursing Program.





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Employment Opportunities

TAFE SA's nursing qualifications cover the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in line with some state/territory nursing and midwifery regulatory authorities.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications for a Nursing Career

Nurses are important members of the health care team and their primary role is providing patient care. Nurses need to develop skills to communicate with people, have knowledge of contemporary nursing practice, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, acute and chronic health disorders, clinical nursing skills and medication management.

TAFE SA provides the following qualifications which cover the application of nursing skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in line with some state/territory nursing and midwifery regulatory authorities. A full list of TAFE SA's nursing award courses can be found at the top of this page.

Professional Development Workshops

TAFE SA’s Nursing Program has an extensive and proven experience in professional development training for both individuals and groups.

The professional development courses listed below are designed to upskill current Enrolled and Registered Nurses. These courses present an opportunity for individuals to gain specific skills and knowledge in a short workshop. A full list of TAFE SA's nursing short courses can be found at the top of this page.

Professional Development Online

TAFE SA also offers a range of Professional Development training online, making it easier to achieve your study goals amongst work and life commitments. Our online courses include:

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Confirm Physical Health HLTAP401B
  • Analyse Health information HLTAP501B*
  • Use Advanced Health Terminology in a Professional Context HLTAN510B

Care planning

  • Contribute to client assessment and developing nursing care plans HLTEN503B
  • Implement & Monitor Nursing Care for Clients with Chronic Health Problems HLTEN513B


  • Apply Legal & Ethical Parameters to Nursing Practice HLTEN509B
  • Contribute to WHS Processes HLTWHS300A
  • Work Effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People HLTHIR404D
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co workers HLTHIR403C
  • Comply with Infection Control Policies & Procedures HLTIN301C 
  • Apply understanding of the Australian Health Care System HLTEN516B
  • Provide mentoring support to colleagues CHCORG627B

Aged Care/Community

  • Practice in the domiciliary health care environment HLTEN608B
  • Implement & Monitor Nursing Care for Older Clients HLTEN515B
  • Undertake home visits HLTRAH302C
  • Practice in the domiciliary health care environment HLTEN608B
  • Practice in the contemporary aged care environment HLTEN615B


  • Administer & Monitor Medications in the Work Environment HLTEN507C*
  • Maths for Enrolled Nurses


  • Provide sexual and reproductive health care for clients HLTEN603B
  • Provide Nursing Care for Clients Requiring Palliative Care HLTEN511B
  • Implement & Monitor Nursing Care for Consumers with Mental Health Conditions HLTEN510B
  • Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment HLTEN506B
  • Practice in first line emergency nursing HLTEN620B
  • Apply research skills within a contemporary health environment HLTEN514B
  • Assess clients and manage client care HLTEN606B
  • Practice in the cardiovascular nursing environment HLTEN610B
  • Apply principles of diabetic nursing care HLTEN611B
  • Practice in contemporary rural/remote health care HLTEN618C*
  • Provide sexual and reproductive health care for clients HLTEN603B

 *pre requisites apply

Customised Training for Industry


Training your staff through TAFE SA will make a significant difference to your business by adding value and building profit, giving you the edge you need over your competitors.

TAFE SA can work with you to identify your workforce training requirements. This ensures that any training is tailored to benefit the business by focusing on the exact skills and knowledge needed in the workplace. It also means employees can get training at a convenient time and place to suit their workplace.

Through our customised training options, TAFE SA can offer your business the following services:

  • Group and individual training, either on-site or at another location
  • Modification of existing courses and adapting materials to incorporate your organisation’s culture
  • Design and development of enterprise based training programs
  • Recognition of prior learning from work (paid or unpaid) and life experiences


Pathways from Enrolled to Registered Nursing

Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer formally recognises the equivalence of certain elements of a TAFE SA course to some University courses.

Completion of TAFE SA’s Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) provides credit transfer points into:

For more information about Credit Transfer arrangements, click here


Nursing Courses enquiries
Email: Enrolled Nursing Studies
Phone: 08 8648 8854

General TAFE SA enquiries
Email: Enquire online
Phone: 1800 882 661 (freecall)
TTY for deaf: 8226 4413

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Nursing News

Simulation program expands into TAFE SA

Oct 03, 2014

TAFE SA Diploma of Nursing StudentAn innovative simulation education program using real people to train health students is being extended to TAFE SA.

For the first time the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH) simulation workshops have been delivered to TAFE SA Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2) students at the Mount Gambier campus.
The simulation training uses real people who have been trained to portray patients in life-like scenarios and was such a hit with students that it is now being extended to other TAFE SA campuses across rural South Australia.
The first simulation workshop gave students the opportunity to practice essential nursing skills in areas such as client assessment, wound care, aseptic techniques, patient transfers, pressure injury prevention, vital signs, medication management, and communication.
The simulation training, funded by the Australian Government, is being offered to undergraduate students throughout regional SA and south west Victoria.
Ten students were involved in the inaugural training session in Mount Gambier and according to TAFE SA Enrolled Nursing lecturer Karen Gould, it was well received and beneficial. 

“The opportunity offered through the use of simulated patients allows the students to undertake their skills-based training in an environment that replicates the working environment,” Ms Gould said.

“Being able to talk to the patient and get feedback is an invaluable learning tool,” she said.
“It gave them the feeling of actually being nurses and working in a realistic situation.”
Ms Gould said this type of training helped students to identify what they need to work on to improve their skills.
“It’s totally different to working on your fellow students. To train with people you don’t know and who are from the relevant age helped them to relate to the situation,” she said.
Ms Gould said it was expected the simulated patient training would continue in Mount Gambier and other locations.
“We’re very excited about the huge potential this has across the state,” she said.
TAFE SA has campuses across SA including at Mt Barker, Whyalla, Renmark, Port Pirie, Victor Harbour and the Barossa Valley.
“The trainers from the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health were superb and I think it will be a wonderful relationship going forward for nursing in general,” Ms Gould said.
There are currently four groups of students at different stages of the course in Mount Gambier with the next intake in February 2015.
The GGT UDRH is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is a partnership between Flinders and Deakin universities.

Find out more information about Nursing courses at TAFE SA.