Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies

CRICOS Code: 096802E
National Code: 52831WA


Gain the foundation knowledge and skills you need to meet the entry requirements for the Diploma of Nursing. Whether you’re a mature age student or in high school and not looking to gain an ATAR, this course can provide you with another pathway to higher education.

Duration (incl. holidays)
Teaching Duration
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26 weeks
20 weeks

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.5 Overall with no band below 6.5 or other accepted English test.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 11 or overseas equivalent

Course Notes

  • Students intending to use this Certificate IV as a pathway to the Diploma will still need to meet the entry requirements of the Diploma of Nursing. Successful completion of this Certificate IV does not guarantee entry into the Diploma of Nursing.
  • Students may wish to undertake a package of the Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies and the Associate Degree in Primary Health & Wellbeing or the Diploma of Nursing. Note that the Certificate IV English requirement is different depending on which course you wish to package it with. The Primary Health package duration is 2.5 years and $42,200 whilst the Nursing package duration is 2 years and $31,100.


These course fees are for international students only.

Total course cost ( 26 weeks)
AUD $6700
Incidental Fees*
AUD $0*
Total Fees
AUD $6700

Note: TAFE SA course fees are currently under review. Current fees published are for 2020 and will be updated shortly. TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Graduates will have a broad factual and theoretical knowledge in health related subject areas. This is a foundation course intended as a pathway to further nursing study.

    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

    Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies (52831WA)
    This course covers skills in producing text documents, medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, fundamental principles of microbiology, mathematics in a nursing context and fundamentals of physics and chemistry in a health context. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply academic skills 40
    Design and produce digital text documents 90
    Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60
    Provide information on human anatomy and physiology 60
    Provide information on the fundamental principles of microbiology used in health settings 30
    Use fundamentals of physics and chemistry in a health context 35
    Use mathematics in a nursing and health context 45
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    Affordable living
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    A student city

    Adelaide is home to over 30,000 international students and has a strong and growing reputation as an education city. In addition to TAFE SA, Adelaide is home to six world-leading universities: The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University, Carnegie Mellon University, Torrens University Australia and CQ University Australia.


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    Beach Culture

    Adelaide’s pristine sandy beaches are just a 20 minute tram ride from the city centre. On hot summer days, you can study in the day and take the tram to have dinner at the beach and watch the sunset with friends.

    Live centrally

    Accommodation is more affordable in Adelaide than in other cities in Australia making it often possible for students to live in the heart of the city or just outside. This means more time is spent studying and less time travelling.

    Live centrally


    Adelaide is known for its cafe culture, with more cafes and restaurants by population than any other city in Australia. In recent years, Adelaide has also developed a vibrant and varied bar scene. The city is big enough that you will struggle to visit all of the places you would like to drink and eat in during in your first year of study. Our mix of cultures means there’s likely to be a supermarket that sells food from your home country too.

    Easy to get around

    Adelaide is a flat city so it is ideal for walking or cycling. Its grid layout makes it almost impossible to get lost! There are free trams and buses around the city centre. International students can show their ID to get cheaper tickets.

    Easy to get around


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    Everyone agrees – Adelaide is a great place to live and study
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    Beautiful weather

    Adelaide has four distinct seasons, with moderate winters and warm to hot summers. In winter you will need woolly jumpers and jackets and in summer, shorts and t-shirts. The heat in South Australia is dry, rather than humid.

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