Professional Certificate in Allergy Nursing

This course is offered collaboratively with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Incorporated (ASCIA).

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Course overview

This course is offered collaboratively with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Incorporated (ASCIA). The course provides an understanding of the role of the allergy nurse, the allergic process and allergic disease and the varying manifestations in both children and adults. Emphasis is on providing opportunities for nurses to become effective and critical consumers of research information available in the field of allergy. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certificate and may be eligible for credit in other tertiary programs. A supervised clinical practice component enables students to integrate theory and practice.

Course weighting

Equivalent to 9.0 units

Course duration

Completed over one study period (i.e.: 16 weeks of study)

Course delivery mode

Online study materials are provided to students.


Entry requirements

Domestic students:

  • Evidence of current registration as a Registered Nurse with relevant Nurse's Registration Authority in own county or place of residence.
  • Police Check

International Students:

  • certified evidence of registration with the relevant Nurse's Registration Authority in own country or place of residence; and
  • continually employed in allergy nursing and related fields for the duration of the program


Aims, outcomes and content


This course aims to help registered nurses develop  the knowledge, skills and attitudes  to confidently and competently to manage clients with allergic conditions across the lifespan.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the allergy nurse and how it is situated within the field of immunology.
  • Explain the allergic response and how allergic conditions manifest and progress in clients across the lifespan.
  • Critically analyse the role of the nurse in the evidence-based investigations required to identify and manage allergic conditions in clients.
  • Synthesise current, best available evidence to inform clinical decision making in the management of clients presenting with allergic conditions
  • Demonstrate the problem solving skills and critical thinking skills to competently perform nursing interventions in the management of allergic condition in clients across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based client and peer teaching related to the management of allergic conditions: encompassing prevention, early recognition and intervention, treatment and management strategies and allergy care plans
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise competently as an allergy nurse in a variety of settings.


The course topics include:

  • Introduction to allergy nursing (including legal and ethical issues)
  • Allergy and the allergic response
  • Allergy testing
  • Allergy or intolerance?
  • Eczema
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Drug allergies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Prevention and early intervention 


Course delivery and assessment

This course is offered online and encourages students to be active and engaged learners through  digitalised readings, online discussion forums, virtual classrooms and multi-media resources. It is expected that students have a basic knowledge of computing and reliable access to the internet.  

There are no hardcopy materials for this online course. All the materials you require can be accessed online.


Assessments consists of:

  1. Quiz;
  2. A case study analysis and
  3. Reflective assignment on clinical placement


Course dates and fees


Study Period 3 (1st half of the year)


  • Australian students - $1,964.00 AUD
  • International students - $1,964.00 AUD


Application form

Applications should be sent to:

Academic Services Officer - Professional Development Courses
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of South Australia
City East Campus
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8302 1163
Fax: +61 8 8302 2168

Application Closing Date

  • Applications for study period 3 admissions close at the end of February.

Withdrawal Policy

Please Note - Students must also agree to the conditions of the Withdrawal Policy (79KB DOC)

To withdraw from this course, please complete the Withdrawal Form (64KB DOC) and forward it to the address above.


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