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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.

Simulation blocks are a compulsory and integral component of Bachelor of Nursing course-clinical units: NUR125, NUR244, NUR343. Progression to clinical placement is dependent on successful completion of the related simulation block. NUR343 Simulation block is the pre-requisite block for NUR344 and NUR346

A simulation block is a five-day on campus intensive that 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 RN Standards for Practice (2016). It is also a great opportunity for students to meet each other, form friendships and study groups and get to know lecturers who teach in the nursing course.

Simulation block nominations

All students must nominate for a clinical unit, meet all unit pre-requisites and have a confirmed place in a unit related simulation block to be able to enrol in the unit. To be eligible for a simulation block, students must have successfully completed the pre-requisite units and have a green light for their pre-clinicals.

An active CDU Student Account and Student Email account are required to be able to nominate for a simulation block and to receive notifications from the Placement Office. 

It is a student responsibility to submit a nomination during the advertised nomination period and to regularly check their CDU Student Account email for notifications. Late nominations will not be acceptedStudents who do not respond as required to notifications may lose their allocated simulation block place.

Students will only be able to nominate a CDU venue for simulation block, specific dates will not be available. For clinical placement students will be asked to identify a region for clinical placement rather than a specific venue.   Placement nomination only applies to the unit they are enrolling in that semester, not the entire course. 

Regions to nominate – where are they?  map of the regions (PDF 1MB) for each state and territory. 

Information about the Bachelor of Nursing clinical units can be found here  NUR125, NUR244, NUR343, NUR344 and NUR346.

Students are expected to attend the simulation block and clinical placement advised by CDU. There is no guarantee CDU can meet stated preferences for simulation block or placement.    Non-acceptance of confirmed simulation block and/or placement may impact on student progression and expected course completion date.

Nomination Period

Nominations for S1 2019 Bachelor of Nursing Simulation Blocks will open  08:00 (CST/NT Time)  Monday 5th November 2018 and close 23:59 Sunday 18 November 2018.

Preclinical requirements deadline Sunday 21 October 2018

How do I nominate? (PDF 323KB)     

Simulation block confirmations

The Placement Office will confirm simulation block places with 6-8 weeks of the closing date for nominations. To minimise delays in confirming simulation block places, it is strongly recommended students ensure their pre-clinical requirements are current and as up to date as possible.    Students who do not yet meet pre-requisites and/or who do not yet meet pre-clinical requirements will not be confirmed in a simulation block until all requirements are met. 

All travel costs are a student responsibility. It is strongly recommended students do not book travel arrangements until they have a confirmed place in a simulation block.  

More information and answers to frequently asked questions

 FAQs:  Nursing Simulation Blocks and placements  

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.

Preclinical requirements

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course must meet pre-clinical requirements prior to simulation block and clinical placement allocation. These mandatory requirements ensure compliance with State/Territory legislation and Healthcare facility policy.

Semester 1 2019 students

 Preclinical document submission closes 21st October 2018

 Students must submit certified, true copies of preclinical documents, in PDF format, to preclinical@cdu.edu.au (online certificates can be sent directly via email)

  • Students are required to use their student email account for document submission with the subject line stating their name, student ID number and course title (emails from personal email accounts may get sent to the junk mailbox).
  • Students are encouraged to send documents in batches rather than sending one or two documents at a time.
  • Receipts are accepted as evidence for criminal history screening applications such as police checks, working with children checks, DCSI checks and course enrolments such as first aid, CPR, manual handling training.
  • VIC Placements – National police certificate is exempted from the above cut-off date as it must be issued in the calendar year of placement. VIC students need to apply for their police certificates in early Jan 2019 and copy of the receipt must be provided as proof of the application.

Please note: The preclinical office accepts no responsibility for the receipt of emails/documents which do not meet the above requirements.

Students must maintain ‘green’ preclinical status for all their preclinical requirements until they are allocated to a simulation block.

Please also be aware that it is a student’s professional responsibility to ensure they meet the preclinical requirements throughout the course. This includes providing updated evidence for preclinical requirement prior to expiry.

CDU accepts no responsibility for the delayed allocation/ cancellation of Simulation Block or Clinical Placements due to the expiration of preclinical documents.

Please be aware that the information provided above is of a generic nature. Students are advised to follow the below link for more information on state/territory specific preclinical requirements.

Check your Pre-clinical status online
FAQs for Preclinical Requirements

Should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Preclinical Coordinator:

CDU Placement Office
E: nurplac@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name, student number and state/territory in email subject line

Pre-Clinical Coordinator
E: Preclinical@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name, student number and state/territory in email subject line

Clinical Placement Unit Coordinators

NUR125 Unit Coordinator
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

NUR244 Unit Coordinator
E: nur244unitcoord@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

NUR343 Unit Coordinator
E: nur343unitcoord@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

NUR344 Unit Coordinator
E: nur344unitcoord@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

NUR346 Unit Coordinator
E: nur346unitcoord@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Nursing
E: ugnursingcoord@cdu.edu.au
Please include your full name and student number in email subject line

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