Professional Certificate in Allergy Nursing

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

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Course overview

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

Course weighting

Equivalent to 9.0 units

Course duration

Completed over one study period (i.e.: 15 weeks of study)

Course delivery mode

External Online


Tarnya Eggleton

“The pace of learning was flexible and extremely interesting, and it increased my knowledge and understanding of allergies and intolerances. I feel confident educating my clients about their babies’ skin care, and allaying fears about when to offer solids. I also have a greater understanding of the allergy referral process for my clients.”

Tarnya Eggleton
Nurse Consultant, Child and Family Health Service

Entry requirements

Domestic students:

  • Evidence of current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) 
  • Have current experience with or access to clients with allergic conditions

International Students:

  • certified evidence of registration with the relevant Nurse Registration Authority in country or place of residence;
  • Have current experience with or access to clients with allergic conditions


Aims, outcomes and content


This course enables registered nurses to 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:

  • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of Allergy Nurses )
  • Allergy and the allergic response
  • Allergy testing
  • Eczema
  • Food allergy
  • 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. Assignment 
  3. Assignment 


Course dates and fees


Study Period 5 (2nd half of the year)


  • Australian students - $2,195.00 AUD
  • International students - $2,195.00 AUD


Application form

Applications should be sent to:

Academic Services Officer - Professional Development Courses

Via email:


Via Post: 

School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of South Australia
City East Campus
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Application Closing Date

  • Applications for Study Period 5 admissions close on 15th of June

Withdrawal Policy

Please Note - Students must also agree to the conditions of the Withdrawal Policy (121KB PDF)

To withdraw from this course, please complete the Withdrawal Form (30KB PDF) and forward it to the address above.


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