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Nursing and Midwifery

Interested in Nursing and Midwifery?

The nursing profession is the largest single health profession in Australia, with demand for nurses set to significantly exceed supply by 2025¹.

The healthcare industry is constantly changing with new technologies and approaches to care, to improve the detection, diagnosis and management of chronic and acute illness, as well as an emphasis on keeping populations healthy. Our nursing and midwifery qualifications are evolving with these changes, which means you will be guaranteed an industry relevant, practical qualification that ensures you graduate career-ready.

Our Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery have a strong focus on theory and practical experience, with much of your learning taking place in our unique, authentic hospital and health service on campus. The simulated hospital environment, known as Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians) and is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then have the opportunity to further develop your skills during real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services.

As a Registered Nurse or Midwife, you may be interested in our postgraduate qualifications. You can select from a wide range of levels and specialisations to suit your needs and professional interests. Further study in your discipline not only increases your career opportunities and earning potential, but further enables a positive impact on health outcomes by advancing your leadership skills and ability to influence clinical practice and policy.

¹Commonwealth of Australia, Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Nurses, 2014

Key features

  • Study at a university that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Nursing1.

  • Learn from above world-class researchers in Nursing2, as well as from industry-experienced clinicians and academics.

  • Embark on placements from the first year of your undergraduate degree and experience what it’s like to work as a nurse or midwife in a clinical setting.

  • Be supported by learning resources available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Enjoy flexible postgraduate study options designed to suit working professionals.

  • Benefit from our commitment to practical engagement with industry and the professions.

12019 QS Subject Rankings
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

One of the benefits of our strong history is the ability to attract and retain internationally-renowned researchers. Our above world-class research in Nursing1 focuses on outcomes relevant to the clinical translation of national health priority areas, where we can demonstrate improved health outcomes, consumer satisfaction and economic savings.

We’re also home to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, a partnership between the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s South Australian branch (ANMFSA) and the University of South Australia that aims to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery profession across the health system.

We are committed to practical engagement with industry and the professions, and have clinical agreements with all local health networks, major hospitals, private health providers, rural health networks, aged care services and mental health services, including the not-for-profit sector.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

UniSA offers 22 Nursing and Midwifery degrees

Choose your level of study

Re-entry pathways

For previously registered nurses

Designed for previously registered nurses in Australia, UniSA's Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging & Re-entry) will help you develop the knowledge and skills to re-enter the workforce.

For previously registered midwives

Designed for midwives who have not practised for between five and ten years, the Bachelor of Midwifery has a pathway to fulfil the re-entry practice requirements.

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

UniSA’s nursing and midwifery qualifications prepare you to deliver the highest quality care to individuals and groups, as well as meet and respond to Australian and international health challenges and priorities.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • primary health and community support services
  • aged/rehabilitative care
  • schools
  • home care
  • drug/alcohol treatment centres
  • community health organisations

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Calvary Health Care SA
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Adelaide and Country Mental Health Services
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Disability SA

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Employment for registered nurses in Australia is projected to increase by 51,400 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


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What others are saying

The authentic simulated settings are great because you are able to put theoretical knowledge into practice in a clinical setting.

Robyn Warner-Todd

Bachelor of Nursing

Robyn Warner-Todd

Robyn Warner-Todd

Bachelor of Nursing

I loved learning from Registered Nurses who taught from experience, not just books. They demonstrated first-hand how the profession is progressing.

Ella Head

Bachelor of Nursing

Ella Head

Ella Head

Bachelor of Nursing

Being a nurse allows me to build bonds with patients and their relatives and gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction by helping improve patients’ health conditions.

Amber Jenkins

Bachelor of Nursing

Amber Jenkins

Amber Jenkins

Bachelor of Nursing

My involvement in the rural health club at university provided me with a different view into the health care system and offered great networking opportunities around Australia.

Martins Strikis, Registered Nurse, Mount Gambier Community Mental Health Service

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

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Martins Strikis, Registered Nurse, Mount Gambier Community Mental Health Service

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

I am the inaugural recipient of the Gwendoline Dinah Henderson Annual Midwifery Scholarship, named in honour of a highly decorated WW2 nurse who hoped to support regional and rural nurses to undertake midwifery training. This scholarship has helped me cover costs whilst on clinical placements, being placed in both metropolitan and regional hospitals where I gained a wonderful insight into a range of incredible experiences. 

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Employment: Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

Rosie Wallace

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
<br />Employment: Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Employment: Southern Cross Care
Role: Director of Operations

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Jo Boylans

<br />Employment: Southern Cross Care

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017