Introduction to Professional Experience Placements (PEP)

In this section students will find information about professional experience placements (PEP) that is relevant for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Additional information that is appropriate to your course of study is located within the Midwifery, Nursing and Postgraduate sections.

If your questions remain unanswered, email the PEP Unit for advice.


Placement principles

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences aims to provide students with the best available clinical education opportunities.

While the School would like to accommodate every student's individual needs (for example: work commitments, childcare, holidays, and preferences for some placement locations and venues) this is not possible due to the large numbers of students who require placement.

Placements within clinical venues are guided by the following principles:



  • Placements will be in metropolitan, rural or remote locations.
  • Undergraduate students can expect to attend at least one rural or remote placement location during their course.
  • Placements may not be available close to your home or accessible by public transport. You will be required to organise your own travel arrangements to the venue and, if required, your accommodation while on placement.



  • may occur at any time of the year including mid- or end-of-semester and end-of-year breaks.
  • require attendance across a range of shifts - early, late, night or day shifts, as rostered.
  • may be on any day of the week.
  • may occur on public holidays.
  • will require you to attend all shifts as rostered by the venue to meet the minimum required hours for placement.

Special note:

Do not make holiday, or other arrangements, until your clinical placements have been confirmed by the PEP Unit. Placements will be confirmed as soon as possible; however, arrangements are dependent on external organisations. Placements are sometimes cancelled at short notice by a venue and this is outside the control of the PEP Unit.


Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia student registration

Under the requirements of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) students enrolled in an approved program of study are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Flinders University arranges this, and your details are passed directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration. No fees are required and the registration is in place for the duration of your study, or until you are no longer enrolled in an approved program of study