Studying Enrolled Nursing in South Australia

A popular course choice for students is Nursing. If you are interested in this career path, and in South Australia, read on to find out more.

Generally, you should expect 1.5yrs of full-time study (including at least 400hrs of clinical placement) with course fees starting from approx $17,000.

In South Australia (SA), the following courses may meet your needs:

Diploma of Nursing at ANMF (SA Branch)

Diploma of Nursing at Equals

Diploma of Nursing at Think Education

Diploma of Nursing at TAFE South Australia

Pathway to subclass 489 visa

Currently, SA only provides State nomination for subclass 489 visa (to be replaced by subclass 491 visa on 16 November 2019)

As an international graduate, after completing your study in SA and registering as Enrolled Nurse, you must be working as a paid EN or a closely-related occupation and satisfy ONE of the following requirements before you are eligible for State nomination for the purpose of subclass 489/491 visa application:

  • Working 20hrs per week in SA for the last three months;
  • Working in the last 12 months if in Greater Adelaide or the last 6 months if in regional SA
  • Have one year of skilled work experience in the last three years

Points Test

There are legislative amendments coming into effect on 17 November 2019 will increase the points that can be awarded to applicants in the following areas:

  • Studying in regional area – both Greater Adelaide and regional SA count as regional areas
  • Working in regional area (assuming you successfully find employment after becoming EN/RN)
  • Good English
  • Skilled spouse with good English, spouse with good English OR no spouse
  • State nomination

What if I am a Registered Nurse in my home country?

The professional accreditation body for Nursing only recognises RNs from a small selection of foreign countries. (see ‘Qualifications that are unlikely to meet the accreditation requirements’ here).

Eligibility for skills assessment is also limited to a small selection of foreign countries. Read more here to see how it might apply to your case.

If you are not a RN from one of the specified countries but still want to become an Australian RN, you may study a Nursing degree (either undergraduate or post-graduate). In SA, the following universities have Nursing degrees:

Course cost varies for international students but generally start from approx AUD 30,000 per year. You should also account for living expenses of approx AUD 15,000 per year.

You may significantly reduce your course duration by applying for credit for recognition of prior learning. Otherwise, a full undergraduate Nursing degree is usually around 3 years while a post-graduate degree is 2 years.

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