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Undergraduate Nursing

A CDU nursing graduate will be:

  • a competent, caring, compassionate, reflective health professional who is a problem solver, critical thinker and who can make informed decisions in the organisation and management of health care to all members of the Australian population and her neighbours
  • a knowledgeable worker who can communicate respectfully across different cultures and within the health profession and who can access and retrieve information and use technology to inform their practice within a legal and ethical framework, and as part of a multidisciplinary team

The overall objectives of the revised Bachelor of Nursing course are as follows. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • critically discuss Primary Health Care and its role and functions within a health care system
  • demonstrate an understanding of the professional roles and responsibilities of nurses and other health professionals in a diverse range of health care settings
  • synthesise knowledge and skills relating to professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities that apply to the conduct of the nurse as a beginning practitioner
  • demonstrate the capacity to access, plan, implement and evaluate holistic patient nursing care within the registered nursing scope of practice that ensures competent practice in a variety of health care settings
  • integrate nursing and health care knowledge, skills and attitudes within a Primary Health Care framework to provide safe, effective and evidence based patient nursing care across the lifespan
  • demonstrate an awareness of own, moral, cultural and spiritual beliefs and their effects on individuals, families and communities in health care settings
  • collaborate within a multidisciplinary health care team to foster and maintain therapeutic relationships with health care professionals, patients and their families
  • utilise effective communication and interpersonal skills and respond appropriately to individuals, groups and communities using written, verbal and nonverbal techniques across culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Information for students

Enrolment conditions for prospective Bachelor of Nursing students

Thank you for applying to enter the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Bachelor of Nursing program. The program offers a unique focus on rural and remote health throughout Australia. CDU is uniquely positioned to provide our students with primary health care placements in rural and remote settings and with a strong Indigenous health focus.

As the only university in the Northern Territory (NT), CDU has developed strong partnerships with all public hospitals, the only private hospital, and a wide range of community, mental and allied health providers throughout the NT.

Students doing their placements in the NT enjoy a singular educational experience.

Before you accept this offer, CDU would like to provide you with some important information regarding the practicum components of this degree. Please read all the information in the link below about simulation blocks (formerly Clinical Teaching Blocks), placements and preclinical requirements before accepting our offer.

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Bachelor of Nursing (BNRSG)

We note that the Bachelor of Nursing Pre-registration (BNRSG) is designed to facilitate appropriate student progression (unit sequencing in the study plan builds upon the knowledge that is obtained in a previous semester/year). The Faculty advises all students to follow one of the study plans contained in the Enrolment and Clinical Information Handbook as any deviation is likely to increase the course duration (extend the completion time for the course).

If you wish to make any changes to the study plan provided please advise the ALU prior to changing your enrolment to minimise the impact of any deviation from the recommended study plan. Students seeking advanced standing are required to complete the relevant eForm. Further information can be found here.

Important information for simulation blocks

Simulation blocks (previously known as Clinical Trial Blocks) are an integral component of three clinical units: NUR125, NUR244, and NUR343. Attending placement for NUR344 and NUR346 is dependent on successful completion of the NUR343 SB. The three annual sim blocks are mandatory and must be successfully completed prior to students attending clinical placements.

A simulation block is a five-day intensive program which provides students with an opportunity to practice specific nursing interventions, integrate theory into practice and develop an understanding of the requirements of professional nursing practice according to the NMBA Standards 2016. It is also a great opportunity for students to meet each other, form friendships and study groups and get to know the lecturers who teach in the sim blocks.

All students must nominate for a placement unit and be confirmed to a simulation block prior to enrolling. To be eligible for a sim block, students must have successfully completed the pre-requisite units and have a green light for their pre-clinicals.

Students will need to activate their student email account to receive these emails and before they can log in to the nomination program.

Students that miss nominations for either semester need to email nurplac@cdu.edu.aufor assistance, however students need to ensure that they are following an approved study plan so that they do not miss any pre-requisite units.

Sim block confirmations

Eligible students will be confirmed into a sim block within 3-4 weeks of the nomination period closing. The placement office will endeavour to confirm students with as much notice of their sim block as possible, however the process of checking eligibility and assigning students to sim blocks is quite involved and can take time. Students that do not have a green light for their pre-clinical documents (or have not provided evidence of application for those that take time to obtain) will not be allocated to a sim block. If a student becomes eligible before enrolments close, they may be allocated to a sim block that has a vacancy.

Students that have previously been assigned to a sim block but withdrew or didn't enrol in the unit and can enrol without nominating must notify the placement office immediately. Students that try to nominate and see a message advising they have already nominated should contact the placement office via email at nurplaccoord@cdu.edu.au for this to be assessed. Current nominations are compulsory.

From 2015 nominations are changing

Students will nominate for a CDU campus for the sim block and will not see date ranges. To broaden the area the placement officers can look for placements, students will nominate for a region rather than a specific venue. Please see the map of the regions (PDF 1MB) for each state and territory.

Nominations are open for a short period prior to the semester of enrolment. Students will nominate for the placement unit that they are due to complete (as per the study plans) and not for the entire degree.

The placement units are NUR125, NUR244, NUR343, NUR344 and NUR346.

Nomination information

Nominations for Nursing Simulation Blocks will open (NT time) Monday 23 April at 8.00am and close Sunday 6 May 2018 at 11.59pm.

All students are required to nominate during this date period via the portal.cdu.edu.au.

How do I nominate? (PDF 323KB)

Regions to nominate - Where are they? (PDF 1MB)

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Important information for placements

The Placement Office is responsible for all administrative aspects of arranging clinical placements. The role of Placement Officers is to negotiate and arrange placements for students in their allocated states, liaise with health facilities, and act as a first point of contact for students and health facilities for administrative matters.

It is important to understand that the placement officers are the only people authorised to negotiate placements. Students must always contact the placement officer to request to arrange or modify a placement. Preceptors, academic staff, clinical supervisors and nurse unit managers organise placements through the placement office. A placement is not confirmed until the placement office provides the student and the health facility with a confirmation notice. Any change to a placement requires written confirmation by the placement office.

Please note: placement officers are not academic staff and therefore questions about assessment requirements or problems on placement must be directed to the unit coordinator.

Many resources are directed towards sourcing high quality clinical placements for students. All students are allocated placements by the placement officers who each manage specific states and territories. Each state and territory have different requirements for requesting placements that CDU must follow. This can cause delays in the placement officer confirming a placement for a student. Placement officers will not look for placements for students that are not enrolled and/or having missing pre-clinicals. Once the placement officer has a confirmed placement, this will be allocated to a student that is enrolled, is assigned to the relevant simulation block or has completed the simulation block, is placement ready for the entire placement period (nothing will expire), and the placement location is close to the student's home where possible.

Manuals and guidelines

Nomination information

Nominations for Nursing Simulation Blocks will open (NT time) Monday 23 April at 8.00am and close Sunday 6 May 2018 at 11.59pm.

All students are required to nominate during this date period via the portal.cdu.edu.au.

How do I nominate? (PDF 323KB)

Regions to nominate - Where are they? (PDF 1MB)

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Remote Placements in the NT

Gapuwiyak from the airCharles Darwin University offer remote placement and specialised placement opportunities in the Northern Territory and some interstate facilities. If you have an interest in community, rural, remote and Indigenous health, this is an opportunity you may be interested in.

Am I eligible?

Students that are interested in applying for a remote placement are required to meet set conditions. This includes the following:

  • Has nominated for and has enrolled in NUR344 or NUR346
  • Does not already have a placement for these units
  • Has written a 250 - 500 word statement that outlines interest in this area of nursing and how this type of placement will benefit your studies and future career. This statement must include your full name, student ID number, home state, unit code, CTB allocation, and where you would like to do your placement
  • Has met the pre-clinical requirements for the state of the placement. If you have applied for a Working With Children Check for a state other than your home state but have not yet received the certificate/card, please attach a copy of your receipt to your application

Students that live in remote areas do not need to apply for remote placements. The home (not semester) address on My Student Info must reflect that the remote area is their home location to be eligible.

What else do I need to know for a remote placement?

Successful students will attend a placement in a remote community in the NT for four weeks (NUR346) or four weeks (NUR344 Community).

Under the preceptor's guidance students will see, learn and experience cultural and social ways of the Central Australian and Top End Indigenous people in the context of the health care system. Depending on the placement, students may work in the clinic, attend accidents, be on call with their preceptor and assist with community health education programs. As with all placements, students will always work under a preceptor's supervision and will complete the assessment portfolios.

Placement timing depends on the health care facility's availability to host a student and whether accommodation is available. The placement will only occur after successful completion of a NUR343 CTB and after the student has enrolled in to the relevant unit. For interstate students coming to the NT we aim to have the placement commence the week following the CTB.

Accommodation may be offered without charge at the discretion of the health care facility. The accommodation is secure and clean however students may be required to share with another person and will usually need to take their linen with them. Students will be required to pay for all travel to and from the placement location, including accommodation if it is not provided without charge by the facility. There are often limited grocery stores in communities so it is recommended that students take their own food for the placement period. Phone and internet services are limited in remote areas, students may not have access to these services on a regular basis. The University will remain in regular contact with you during your placement.

Further reading

How do I apply?

Students must ensure they meet the criteria listed above before applying. If eligible, students must send the information via email to the Placement Office at nurplaccoord@cdu.edu.au attention to the Placement Team Leader. The Placement Office will provide the application to the relevant Unit Coordinator for assessment. If approved, the Placement Office will advise the student and book the placement.

Students must not contact these placement facilities to arrange their own placements or to discuss placement options. All questions must be directed to the Placement Office. Any student found to have contacted these facilities without the permission of the Placement Office will immediately have their eligibility of a remote revoked and the placement cancelled.

Clinical placement information

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course at Charles Darwin University (CDU) who are undertaking units which involve a clinical placement must meet all pre-clinical requirements set by the University.

This ensures compliance with state/territory legislation and health care facility requirements.

All mandatory documentation is to be submitted prior to the nomination period for each placement unit. Students will not be assigned to a simulation block and will not be eligible to enrol without being placement ready. Students already enrolled in a placement unit will not have placements found for them until they have met the pre-clinical requirements.

Some requirements will take longer to obtain so students are to advise the pre-clinical coordinator of what is missing and provide evidence of having commenced the process to obtain these documents. If students have concerns about obtaining their pre-clincial documents, they are encouraged to speak to the pre-clinical coordinator.


E: preclinical@cdu.edu.au
E: 08 8946 7035.

Please note: some required documents will expire during a student's studies. It is the responsibility of the student to provide updated/current documents prior to the expiry date of the documents that have previously been provided.

Find out more about Pre-clinical requirements.

All documentation needs to be submitted as certified true copies:

Via email (in pdf format) preclinical@cdu.edu.au

Or by post to the following address:

Charles Darwin University
EHSE Preclinical Coordinator, Blue 5
Darwin, NT 0909 

Or in person to Blue 5.1.50 on the Casuarina campus.

Please mention the student number and the study course on the top right corner of each preclinical document.

Bachelor of Nursing students can log in to check their own pre-clinical status by clicking on Student Pre-clinical status button.

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Director Clinical Education: Kathleen Blair
T: 08 8946 6236
E: clinicaleducation@cdu.edu.au

Clinical Coordinator: Mel Dudson
T: 08 8946 7735
E: clinicalcoordination@cdu.edu.au

Placement Office: CDU switch board 08 8946 6666
Ask for Office of Professional Experience and Placements for Bachelor of Nursing students in relevant state or territory.
E: nurplac@cdu.edu.au

Pre-Clinical Coordinator:
T: 08 8946 6744 | 08 8946 7035
E: Preclinical@cdu.edu.au

Nursing Course Coordinator - Mel Lauva
T: 08 8946 6380
E: mel.lauva@cdu.edu.au

NUR125 Unit Coordinator

NUR244 Unit Coordinator
E: nur244unitcoord@cdu.edu.au

NUR343 Unit Coordinator
E: nur343unitcoord@cdu.edu.au

NUR344 Unit Coordinator
E: nur344unitcoord@cdu.edu.au

NUR346 Unit Coordinator
E: nur346unitcoord@cdu.edu.au

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about simuation blocks and placements please refer to the FAQ documents:


If you have further questions or wish to seek clarification please email:


E: preclinical@cdu.edu.au

SBs and Placements

E: nurplaccoord@cdu.edu.au