Welcome to the Clinical Placement Unit website!

Professional, clinical and field placements in metropolitan and rural areas are a core element of many health degrees at UniSA. The learning from your placements will give you a wide range of experience to take with you into your chosen profession.


For more information on the role of the CPUclick here

Information for industry partners can be found here

COVID-19 Changes to CPU Services

In line with the current advice re: COVID-19 we have suspended all CPU on-campus drop-in services.

Our CPU team is still available during office hours via email: CPUOffice@unisa.edu.au and phone: 08 8302 2214 (leave a message and one of the team will get back to you).

CPU Drop-in Zoom Sessions (CPU Zoom Room)

From Monday 4th May you will be able to drop-in to our “CPU Zoom Room” and ask a team member your placement or conditional evidence questions between 2pm-3pm, Monday to Friday, instead.

Ask your placement questions here Monday to Friday 2pm-3pm

Note: When you log into the CPU Zoom Room session you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until a team member is available to speak with you.

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Key requirements prior to undertaking placement:

All students must meet the pre-placement conditional evidence requirements outlined in their Student Checklist to proceed to placement. If you do not meet the full requirements listed, you WILL NOT be able to proceed to placement and progress through your program may be delayed.

Passport to Placement Folder

Students can obtain a Passport to Placement (PTP) Folder from the office of each relevant academic unit.

Students should refer to their Student Checklist for a comprehensive list of pre-placement conditional requirements and place original documents in their PTP folder.

It is your responsibility to maintain, submit, and present conditional evidence documents to venue staff on the first day and/or as requested.

Student Checklists

Checklists have been developed to assist you with obtaining and safekeeping compulsory conditional evidence documentation and is to be used in combination with the Passport to Placement (PTP) folder.

Conditional Evidence is required to be current for the duration of your placement unless otherwise specified.

For details about how to submit/upload conditional evidence documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

Student Checklists

Clinical Placement Policy

Students are strongly advised to read the following:

Information for students

For a full list of your responsibilities, click here. Students should refer to their Student Checklist for a comprehensive list of mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements.

All clinical/field placements are arranged by the Course Coordinator and the Clinical Placement Unit (CPU). Students are not to negotiate their own clinical placements, except in very specific circumstances. Please check with your Clinical Coordinator or the CPU.

Students should refer to the teaching schedule provided at the time of their enrolment or re-enrolment for details of their clinical placement dates and times throughout the year. These dates and times are set in advance and are not negotiable.

Students are notified of placement details well in advance and are expected to be able to organise personal life commitments and travel arrangements to undertake these as scheduled.

Please note, the Clinical Placement Policy criteria for requesting a variation to placement allocation.

Student requests for variation to placement allocation must be submitted on the Variation to Placement Form. The completed form and attachments must be lodged with the CPU no later than 5 working days following initial notification to you of your placement allocation unless otherwise advised by the CPU. For details about how to submit/upload documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

Each request for variation to a placement will be considered by the Course Coordinator. A student may appeal a Course Coordinator's decision by making a written submission. Please contact CPU for information if you wish to make an appeal.

The Academic Unit reserves the right to change clinical dates to suit clinical practice sites' availability if necessary. Students will be notified as soon as possible should such a circumstance eventuate.

All documents must be submitted via InPlace.

For details about how to submit/upload completed documents to the CPU, please refer to your student checklist.

For assistance with InPlace, please see our InPlace Help page.

Students are strongly advised to read the Clinical Placement Policy (PDF 311KB) prior to placement.

All students must adhere strictly to the requirements around clinical placement practice for their program. The requirements are outlined in the Course Information Booklet and other course documentation.

Students should also refer to the Practicum, Field and Clinical Placements clauses in the current year's Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual, available on the Policy and Procedures website, for further information on their rights and responsibilities while on placement.

UniSA Students on placements are covered under the University of South Australia's insurance policy provided certain criteria are met.

Information on uniform policy can be found here.

A student may request a variation to the assessment tasks required within a practicum, field or clinical placement on medical, compassionate or religious observance grounds, or community service eg elite athletes, jury duty, Defence Forces leave. Such requests must be supported by documentary evidence. (Ref: Moderation and Variation clauses in the UniSA Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual).  

Some programs will require students to undertake a rural or interstate clinical placement. As of 2013 all nursing students will be required to undertake a rural placement at least once during their program.

Further information can be found on the Rural Placements page