Information to assist with a successful placement


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