Clinical placements are an opportunity to develop practical skills in healthcare workplaces. Every session, students have the opportunity to complete a clinical placement in an area relevant to their academic study. Each placement must be completed in a single workplace. The faculty allocates several weeks each session to Clinical Placement completion and no classes are held during this period.
The placement blocks below are indicative of how a full-time student may experience the course. This can vary with part time study or enrolment in a combined degree.
Bachelor of Nursing
- Year one: 15 days (120 hours), usually one week placement in Autumn session and two weeks in Spring session.
- Year two: 35 days (280 hours), usually 3 x two week placements completed per session and 1 x one week placement across Autumn and Spring sessions
- Year three: 50 days (400 hours), 2 x two week placements in Autumn session or Summer session (undertaken at the end of 2nd year - subject to availability) and 1 x two week and 1 x 4 week placement in Spring session.
Students undertaking a combined Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies complete placements in accordance with the course structure, at times approved by their course coordinator.
For study days and Clinical Placements, see the Nursing clinical ladder in the UTS: Handbook.
Bachelor of Midwifery
- Year one: 48 hours over a two week period towards the end of each of each Autumn session. 128 hours over a three week period towards the end of Spring session.
- Year two: 128 hours in Autumn session and 160 hours in Spring session
- Year three: three to five eight-hour shifts per week for ten weeks per session (232 hours).
During third year, students spend the majority of their time in a clinical environment and are required to work shifts. By the end of the course, students will have followed a minimum of 10 women through their pregnancy and birth. Throughout the duration of the course there may also be the possibility of some on-call work.
For study days and clinical placement blocks, see the Midwifery clinical ladder in the UTS:Handbook.
Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
During this one-year, full-time course, each session students complete 32 hours of Clinical Practice per week. Prior to the first session students complete a two week subject, Preparation for Midwifery Practice. Theoretical course components are completed on campus one day per week during both Autumn and Spring sessions.
Placements are allocated through NSW Ministry of Health. For more information on the program and application process, see the Midwifery Student Applications for Recruitment and Training (MidStART) website.
Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health
Students have the opportunity to complete up to 120 hours in a practical work environment.
This typically includes:
- Autumn Session – 40 consecutive hours (one week block) in a child and family health setting.
- Spring Session – 80 consecutive hours (two week block) in a Tresillian facility.
Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management
Students are required to complete 40 consecutive hours (one week block) in an observational placement in Spring Session. A credentialed diabetes educator should be in attendance as your supervisor during the placement.
For study days and Clinical Placement blocks, see the clinical ladder in the UTS: Handbook.
Location of placements
Placements are available in over 100 health care facilities across Sydney. Students are matched with a healthcare organisation relevant to their subject of study. Where possible, placements are arranged that are close to a student’s home.
Arranging a placement
The faculty allocates placements to undergraduate students through a system called MyPlacement. Students have the ability to preference health facilities that they wish to undertake a clinical placement in. The UTS Clinical Placement Unit (CPU) will then allocate students to available placements that match the learning objectives for the subject they are enrolled inStaff in the CPU will do their best to answer questions about placements.