Student Guide

Welcome to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

PLEASE NOTE: In this publication the term ‘course’ is used to represent all units of study including subjects modules programs and workshops.


This guide has been developed to answer some of the questions you may have. Remember, this is only a guide and not a substitute for personal communication with ACN staff. Please feel free to contact your nurse educators or tutors if you require further information or clarification of issues.

Quality statement

Quality is central to all ACN practices.

ACN is:

•     a registered higher education institution under Higher Education legislation

•     a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) accredited organisation

•     a registered training organisation (RTO) accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

As a customer, you are integral to our quality process and we encourage you to provide us with feedback and offer suggestions. This feedback will provide us with a mechanism to make sure that we meet your ongoing needs.

Confidentiality and privacy

ACN requires that you should be aware of your health facility’s policy relating to confidentiality. Please note the Health Records and Information (HRIP) Act 2002, effective from September 2004, limits the use of health information to the purpose for which it was collected.

When accessing a patient’s clinical records either on clinical placement or for the purpose of an assessment item, you are reminded to gain consent, or in the case of minors, gain consent from a parent or guardian. All health information must remain confidential. Maintaining confidentiality is a requirement for successful completion of your course of study.

Work health and safety

ACN abides by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.