Enrolled Nursing Cadetship

Applications open now – program commencing February 2020

What does the program involve?

  • 18 months of paid employment 15 hours per week as an Assistant in Nursing
  • 18 months of full time study of Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)
  • Combined employment and study providing a solid foundation for a nursing career

Who can apply?

Applications are open to anyone. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. The program is a special measure of targeted recruitment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

How do I apply?

1. Apply for employment

  • Assistant in Nursing roles are advertised on SA Health Careers website, job no.705758.
  • You need to provide a resume, cover letter and contact details for two referees.

2. Apply for study

  • You will also need to submit your SATAC application to study TAFE’s Diploma of Nursing. To apply, visit the Diploma of Nursing page.
  • Applicants must achieve course admission requirements to:
    • meet Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s English language skills registration standards and complete the evidence checklist.
    • demonstrate reading, writing and numeracy skills by undertaking the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) assessment. For more information, visit the CSPA page.

What does the study involve?

The study mode enables you to complete theory components at home, in your own time. At times you will be required to attend campus for practical learning and clinical skills assessments. This mode allows you to plan your work and home life around study commitments.

Online learning is supported through online classrooms, email, phone contact, tutorials, video-conference sessions, tele-link sessions, discussion forums, chat groups, informal study groups, and the use of 3D interactive NurseSim.

You must maintain a consistent study pace of approximately 20 hours per week, pass required units and take responsibility for keeping up to date with any study plans, as well as performing satisfactorily in the clinical environment during your employment as an Assistant in Nursing.

The following sessions are also required:

  • Orientation (3 days) at your nearest TAFE SA Campus:
    • Mount Barker, Dumas Street
    • Barossa (Nuriootpa), Old Kapunda Road
    • Mount Gambier, Wireless Road West
    • Port Pirie, Mary Elie Street
    • Whyalla, Nicholson Avenue
  • Manual Handling (1 day) training
  • First Aid training (1 day) options may also be made available

How much will it cost?

For students eligible for South Australian Subsidised Training funding the approximate cost is $9,858-$10,650. This may vary depending on concessions, electives chosen, permanent residency/citizenship and any recognition of prior learning. Costs for full fee paying students is approximately $28,933.

TAFE SA does not require full upfront payment. Students can pay for one semester at a time, or unit by unit. VET Student Loans may also be available. To your check eligibility, visit the TAFE SA website.

Students need to purchase a TAFE SA student t-shirt, valued at $30 and must be worn when attending clinical skills sessions and assessment weeks on campus. TAFE SA will also provide a list of recommended texts; these will be discussed at orientation.

Cadets are responsible their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.

Is there support available?

SA Health provides workplace supervision and support, and contributes $1850 towards course fees for the final semester.

TAFE SA allocates students individual support from a contact lecturer and the opportunity to interact with facilitating lecturers across South Australia for specialised units of competence.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Sue Sharrad
Acting Advanced Nurse Educator
Rural Support Service
Phone: 8226 6279

Jacqui Merkel
Enrolled Nursing TAFE SA
Phone: 7210 3872

^ Back to top