Clinical Specialisation Program

Applications are currently open and will close 3 July 2024

The Clinical Specialisation Program offers Registered Nurses and Midwives the opportunity to undertake a new accelerated pathway into clinical specialisation.

Program delivery is tailored to the SA Health environment and provides nurses and midwives the foundational skills to fast-track their journey into post graduate clinical specialisation qualifications.

  • eligibility: Registered Nurses and Midwives employed by SA Health
  • duration: 13 weeks (+ 2-week mid-course break)
  • Mode: Online (some courses may have face-to-face components)

How to apply

Visit the Graduate Certificate degree pages linked below to complete an application for a Clinical Specialisation Program Scholarship.

Students can apply for one of the following degrees, with specialisation options:

You must have written support from your Line Manager and Director of Nursing / Midwifery (or Nursing / Midwifery Director) to apply for a scholarship in the Clinical Specialisation Program. The endorsement form can be found below. Please ensure you have received this endorsement before commencing your application.

Scholarships will be offered across a variety of clinical specialty streams:

The below resources provide course detail only, to complete an application please refer to the above ‘How to apply’ section.

Leadership and Management in Nursing and Midwifery *Now offered as a first course offering in Study period 2 (dependant on student numbers) and Study period 5.

The below courses are only available as either a self-funded option to SA Health Nurses and Midwives who have successfully completed a Clinical Specialisation Program scholarship or to those awarded a SA Health Recognising Academic Achievement scholarship:

Not ready to study in July 2024?

Complete the Expression of Interest form to be notified when scholarship applications open for study in 2025.

Important dates

While delivered online this course requires ongoing participation. If you have leave booked during the Study period, consider applying for a different intake as scholarships cannot be deferred.

Note: Where demand is low, courses may be deferred by UniSA and recipients rescheduled to the next available offering.

Study period 4

  • Applications open: Monday 29 April 2024
  • Teaching commences: Monday 24 June 2024
  • Teaching concludes: Friday 6 September 2024

Study period 5 2024

  • Applications open: Monday 29 April 2024
  • Teaching commences: Monday 22 July 2024
  • Teaching concludes: Friday 22 November 2024

Study period 2 2025

  • Applications open: to be announced
  • Teaching commences: Monday 3 March 2025
  • Teaching concludes: Friday 13 June 2025

Study Period 5 2025

  • Applications open: to be announced
  • Teaching commences: Monday 28 July 2025
  • Teaching concludes: Friday 7 November 2025

SA Health Recognising Academic Achievement Scholarship - Extension to the Clinical Specialisation Program

To build on the foundations of the Clinical Specialisation Program, SA Health is providing additional scholarship funding to nurses and midwives who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement in their studies.

The SA Health Recognising Academic Achievement Scholarships will provide additional scholarship funding for students completing a Clinical Specialisation Program Course to undertake a second 13-week, 9-unit Clinical Specialisation Program Course and be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Nursing/Midwifery.

Registered Nurses and Midwives will have the opportunity to undertake any one of the available clinical specialisation streams, offered as their second 9 unit Course as part of the Recognising Academic Achievement scholarship.


Successful applicants will receive a scholarship from SA Health to cover the cost of the tuition fees.

Any travel and/or accommodation expenses that may be incurred to facilitate experiential learning activities are not included in the scholarship.

More information

For all scholarship queries please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office

For all university related queries, including enrolment and course content queries, please contact UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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