Health Sciences

2018 new undergraduate offerings

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Counselling are two new undergraduate courses that will be available in 2018 in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Bachelor of Nutrition Science*

Campus: North Sydney, Melbourne
Professional experience: Students undertake 80 hours of community engagement as part of the course

Course description

This program will prepare graduates as a nutritionist. Nutritionists help communicate nutrition science to the lay public and advise the community about food choices for healthy eating. Studies in nutrition therefore include the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients that bodies need at different stages of development, and the role that nutrients and diet play in health promotion and disease prevention.

Nutrition links very closely with the national health priorities in Australia such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease much of which are preventable through healthy lifestyle.

ACU’s program will focus on general health care, chronic disease management, indigenous health, and other emerging areas of need in the industry and will appeal to anyone interested in careers in nutrition including nutritionists in public and private industry, hospitals and public health sectors, e-health and tele-health, in nutrition communication, and in the food science and in the Research and Development sectors.

The program will also provide the basis for postgraduate studies in dietetics. Dietitians treat disease through diet and therefore require further studies and clinical practice in health settings.


New South Wales: English (standard)
Victoria: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English

* Subject to final approval

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Counselling*

Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne
Duration: 4 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)
Professional experience: 840 hours of nursing and 200 hours of counselling placements

Course description

This course has been developed in response to industry needs to meet a recognised and increasing requirement for counselling skills in our nursing profession.

Studying counselling combined with nursing will provide nursing graduates with both the qualification of a Registered Nurse, and the additional counselling skills necessary to better support the provision of holistic care.

Given the vulnerability of the population where many nursing graduates will practice, global political instability and its resultant refugee crisis, graduates with both nursing and counselling skills will be well placed to meet existing and future graduate destinations.

Due to the synergies within the nursing and counselling programs, students will be allocated a four-week palliative care placement during one of the nursing practicums – this will facilitate student counselling experience in a practice setting.

Program graduates can pursue a range of careers as a registered nurse with counselling skills within the health care industry from clinical practice across a range of specialties, through to research, education and management. It is also envisaged that graduates might pursue employment opportunities in a range of counselling and human service careers.


This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates will be eligible for registration as practising nurses with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


Queensland: English (4, SA)
Victoria: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

* Subject to final approval