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Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA)

8 months
2200 AUD/full
2200 AUD/full
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Advance your knowledge and skills in the field of perioperative nursing practice with the Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA) course at La Trobe University. 


This Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA) course at La Trobe University is the only specialised course of study in Australia that prepares perioperative Registered Nurses to undertake advanced nursing practice skills in surgical assisting and collaborative patient care in pre-operative and postoperative care of the surgical patient population.

Programme Overview 

In undertaking studies in PNSA the student embarks on an advanced practice journey toward practicing as a Perioperative Nurse Surgeons Assistant PNSA. The student PNSA undertakes this Advanced Clinical Practice CPD course in the specialist area of Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA), to develop their cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the underlying principles and theoretical concepts in the role of surgical assistance.

During both subjects, all students engage in robust online discussion via blog postings with fellow students and the Course Coordinator. The student is required to develop a Clinical Practice Log and meet all aspects of credentialing and assessment requirements under the supervision of their Surgeon mentor/s.

Programme Structure

The course is based on the following:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Health Advocacy
  • Judgement and clinical decision making
  • Management and leadership
  • Nursing Expertise 
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Scholarship and teaching
  • Technical expertise

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Provider Code Number 00115M 
  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Division 1 Registered Nurse skills and knowledge, and a Master of Nursing or similar, subject to approval by Course Coordinator.
  • Students must be aware that they are required to ensure they meet all requirements of the hospitals or facilities they work with their surgeon/s and check all facility requirements and student agreements or other legal requirements that are required to practice.
  • Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  • Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2200 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2200 AUD for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    2200 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2200 AUD for the full programme during 8 months.
  • Early Bird - $2,000.00 ($1,000.00 per subject) GST exempt

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA)
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