Studying nursing at Adelaide Nursing School will complement your natural empathy and compassion with the professional capability to support people’s care in an exciting, flexible and highly respected role.

Nursing is an extremely hands-on profession, with a great deal of human contact and interaction. At Adelaide Nursing School, we make it a priority to provide significant practical experience, including in our undergraduate degrees.

Our outstanding teachers—all accomplished, practising clinicians—will ensure you graduate with a highly developed ability to apply the latest academic theory in a wide range of real world settings. This ensures your qualification will be held in high regard by industry, and prepare you for many attractive career options, including working in: public and private hospitals; community and regional health care; and aid organisations.

Interested in studying undergraduate nursing?

Completing a Bachelor of Nursing is the first step to becoming a registered nurse. At Adelaide Nursing School you’ll benefit from our small group discovery experiences, knowledgeable teaching staff and frequent opportunities to get hands-on experience through clinical placements—right from first-year.

The Bachelor of Nursing is a demanding degree. It will challenge your thinking, and require a strong personal commitment. For example, there are extensive compulsory clinical placements throughout, which may necessitate your attendance at times normally regarded as after-hours. We recommend you read the following information carefully before applying:

Further or change your career with a postgraduate nursing degree

We offer a wide range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. If you have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in another discipline and wish to become a registered nurse, we offer the Master of Clinical Nursing. Adelaide Nursing School has been delivering postgraduate clinical education to registered nurses around the world since 1995. Specialise in areas such as acute care, anaesthetic and recovery, emergency, cardiac, intensive care, oncology, orthopaedic, perioperative and infection control nursing.

I've found the degree really rewarding. It has given me hands-on experience in the field after only 10 weeks at university. I discovered that I really like the profession, which is something very affirming to learn at the start of a new degree.Joshua Britcher, Master of Clinical Nursing


Clinical placements – get hands-on experience from first year

Clinical placements are an important part of your study at Adelaide Nursing School. From acute-care tertiary to primary health care areas, you’ll undertake placements at a wide range of organisations, working in clinical areas as a member of health care teams, with additional clinical support from your clinical lecturers.

There have already been countless rewarding and life-changing experiences within the program. Whilst on clinical placement, I always feel so privileged to know that I have the chance to be able to care for and attend to the needs of others.Crystal Tudo, Bachelor of Nursing student

How to apply

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees

Applications to all University of Adelaide undergraduate and most postgraduate coursework programs are made online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). The specific requirements for each degree are available on Degree Finder – make sure you read these thoroughly before applying.

Are you an international student? See our step-by-step international students' application guide for more information about how to apply.

Higher degrees by research

A key component of a successful postgraduate research experience is finding the best supervisor to help you achieve your investigative goals. Depending on your area of interest, there are several avenues for you to explore potential postgraduate research topics and locate a supervisor. For an overview of all research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visit our Research website and explore our areas of research.

If you are interested in applying for a Higher Degree by Research in our faculty please visit the Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process webpage on the Adelaide Graduate Centre website.

Once you're ready to apply, visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre, which administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications. If you have any queries, contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

Study overseas

How does a few weeks’ study in Vietnam sound? Or Austria, China or Japan? How about a semester in Denmark, the US or the Netherlands? At the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences we can offer you a wide range of exciting opportunities to study overseas within your degree. Depending on your program, opportunities available to you could include short study tours, semester exchanges, clinical placements and volunteer opportunities.

As an Adelaide Nursing School student, you’ll have the opportunity to study overseas through study tours in Asia and Europe. For example, as a Level 3 nursing student you can travel to Germany and Austria, Singapore or Japan, to take part in clinical placements/observations. These programs—part of the Nursing in an International Context course—combine academic study at a partner institution with placements in local hospitals. For more information about studying overseas as a nursing student, contact

Student experiences

Our students talk about what it's like to study nursing at the University of Adelaide.

60 seconds with a nursing student

Second-year student, Dearbhla, talks about why she chose to study nursing at the University of Adelaide and what she likes about it.

Studying nursing

Bachelor of Nursing student, Nick, talks about the benefits of studying nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Clinical placements

Hannah discusses the benefits of combining academic theory with placements in the Bachelor of Nursing.

Why I chose the University of Adelaide

Laura explains why she chose to study the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Higher degrees by research

Dr Rick Wiechula explains what you can expect from higher degrees by research at the University of Adelaide.

Studying a Master of Clinical Nursing

Heather discusses her experience studying the Master of Clinical Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Postgraduate study

Janice talks about how studying a Graduate Diploma helped to advance her career.

International student experiences

International students discuss their experiences studying postgraduate nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Are you a current student with coursework queries?

We’re here to help. Come and see us at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Centre on the ground floor of Helen Mayo North on Frome Road, or make an appointment online. Alternatively, you can contact us by email or phone +61 8 8313 0273.