Diploma of Nursing/Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing

Study pathway:
Duration Up to 2.5 years Full Time or Part Time equivalent
TAFE SA CodeDT00001
Example Career ProfileNurse (Enrolled)Nurse (Enrolled)
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Course Admission Requirements


  • Any Certificate III or higher
  • or
  • SACE Completion or equivalent
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Uni Dual Offer Course

  • You will receive an offer to both TAFE SA and University, with the University offer being conditional on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification.
  • You can rest assured you have secured your University offer, pending successful completion of the TAFE SA award.
  • No further application will be required.
  • You will receive credit for TAFE SA studies allowing you to complete two awards dependant on the pathway selected.
  • If accepted, you will receive an offer to TAFE SA and-on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification-an offer to University with no further application required.
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How to Apply

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Note: You must be an Australian Resident to apply for this course. For International Students please visit International Courses.

Employment Outcomes

Your employment opportunities as a graduate are varied. You will be equipped to work in a range of areas including government, health, community, social and primary health settings. The Diploma of Nursing covers 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 & Skills Covered

Higher Education

Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)
This course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to provide effective nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
The course focuses on developing caring, reflective practitioners who are able to integrate theory with practice, problem solve and work in a collaborative team environment.
Knowledge and skills will be developed in areas including communication, cultural diversity, law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, acute and chronic health disorders, clinical nursing skills and medication management.
20 core units plus 5 electives.

  • 400 hours of Professional Experience Placement will be required.

Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing (CRS1400419)
This is a unique course offered at this level in Australia. People in health or community services-related professions or considering study in these fields will benefit from the course, which will help them introduce primary health and wellbeing principles into their everyday work and life experiences. Primary health encompasses an understanding of the social, economic, cultural and political factors related to health. It is embraced by the World Health Organisation as the first level of contact individuals, families and communities have with the health care system. The course offers excellent support in students’ transition from high school, VET qualifications or existing professional qualifications. Students will learn in a universitylike environment in small class sizes, with one-on-one support from academic staff.


This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.