Bachelor of Nursing

Like all Nursing courses in Australia, ACU's Nursing courses are required to undergo external accreditation every five years. The ACU nursing programmes of study are currently undergoing accreditation and consequently the 2018 intake is subject to programme accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

For Victorian Students Only:
The Bachelor of Nursing - First Year Entry is aimed at school leavers and other students with no previous nursing qualifications.
The Bachelor of Nursing - Later Year Entry is aimed at applicants with previous nursing qualifications.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (58.75)
  • Brisbane (10/79)
  • Canberra (60.55)
  • Melbourne (83.10)
  • North Sydney (78.00)
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ACU is the largest provider of nurses in Australia. Our close links with hospitals and health care partners guarantee clinical experience in diverse settings. The Bachelor of Nursing develops caring professional nurses who are proactive and adaptable, competent and ethical clinicians, and creative and critical thinkers.

Across the course theory will be consistently embedded in clinical practice through the inclusion of one Integrating Practice unit every semester. Clinical placement areas include aged care, community nursing, high dependency nursing, medical/surgical nursing, mental health, paediatrics, palliative care, and perioperative nursing. You may also take up the opportunity to engage with communities overseas and gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

Pending meeting local registration requirements, Bachelor of Nursing graduates can pursue a range of careers as a Registered Nurse within the health care industry including:

  • aged care nursing
  • community care nursing
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • paediatric nursing

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Attendance)
  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $6909 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

All students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales and ACT

  • Assumed knowledge: Nil

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 85.00 94.00
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 69.68 74.94
Median ATAR to receive an offer 63.45 68.80
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 58.03 63.69
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.05 58.75
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 4 1
75th percentile OP to receive an offer 10 6
Median OP to receive an offer 11 8
25th percentile OP to receive an offer 13 9
Lowest OP to receive an offer 16 10
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 94 99
75th percentile Rank to receive an offer 80 90
Median Rank to receive an offer 78 86
25th percentile Rank to receive an offer 73 83
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 66 80
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.15 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 68.75 73.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.65 67.85
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 57.80 63.25
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 53.25 59.55
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.20 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 87.50 95.45
Median ATAR to receive an offer 82.00 89.50
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 78.45 85.45
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 71.60 82.50
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87.10 97.10
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 78.34 88.33
Median ATAR to receive an offer 75.18 83.33
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 71.35 79.63
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.75 60.75

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
25 17.12%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 14 9.59%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 69 47.26%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 12 8.22%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
11 7.53%
International students 15 10.27%
All students 146 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
53 14.40%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 78 21.20%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 66 17.93%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 7 1.90%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 7 1.90%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
52 14.13%
International students 105 28.53%
All students 368 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
39 22.81%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 27 15.79%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 27 15.79%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 50 29.24%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
9 5.26%
International students 19 11.11%
All students 171 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
184 35.32%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 68 13.05%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 88 16.89%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 37 7.10%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 5 0.96%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
13 2.50%
International students 126 24.18%
All students 521 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
190 31.67%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 91 15.17%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 78 13.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 82 13.67%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
14 2.33%
International students 143 23.83%
All students 600 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information

Ballarat, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Alternative/Special Entry

Adjustment Factors which may improve your entry rank

Mature-age Entry if you’re over 21 and haven’t completed prior study

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – An entry score can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have an entry rank but it’s not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to an entry score
  • Complete an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required entry rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new entry score will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note – you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year fulltime) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course

As a registered nurse graduates can pursue a career in a range of settings including medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care nursing, community care nursing, mental health nursing, and clinical education.

Students will undertake clinical placements as part of a variety of clinical units throughout the course in maternity hospitals and community facilities.

Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website.

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing. Specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education and health administration.

Immunisation

Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation prior to attending clinical placements at hospitals and other health agencies.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

Students must have a current CPR Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. A valid CPR certificate must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the respective state annually.

Blue Card (QLD only)

In Queensland, all students who work with children and young people as part of their studies will need to apply for a blue card from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Further information can be obtained from the Blue Card Services website.

Working with Children Check (NSW only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Children check prior to their clinical experience.

Working with Vulnerable People Registration (ACT only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Vulnerable People check prior to their clinical experience.

Working with Children Check (VIC only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Children check prior to their clinical experience.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student midwife uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase will be made available from the clinical office of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in each state after enrolment.

Domestic Students

ACU is the largest provider of nurses in Australia. Our close links with hospitals and health care partners guarantee clinical experience in diverse settings. The Bachelor of Nursing develops caring professional nurses who are proactive and adaptable, competent and ethical clinicians, and creative and critical thinkers.

Across the course theory will be consistently embedded in clinical practice through the inclusion of one Integrating Practice unit every semester. Clinical placement areas include aged care, community nursing, high dependency nursing, medical/surgical nursing, mental health, paediatrics, palliative care, and perioperative nursing. You may also take up the opportunity to engage with communities overseas and gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

Pending meeting local registration requirements, Bachelor of Nursing graduates can pursue a range of careers as a Registered Nurse within the health care industry including:

  • aged care nursing
  • community care nursing
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • paediatric nursing

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Ballarat
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
Brisbane
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
Canberra
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
North Sydney
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $3392.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $27136.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $81408.00 (2018)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian High School completion and an overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with an individual score of 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading).

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.
International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

As a registered nurse graduates can pursue a career in a range of settings including medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care nursing, community care nursing, mental health nursing, and clinical education.

Students will undertake clinical placements as part of a variety of clinical units throughout the course in maternity hospitals and community facilities.

Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website.

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing. Specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education and health administration.

Immunisation

Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation prior to attending clinical placements at hospitals and other health agencies.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

Students must have a current CPR Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. A valid CPR certificate must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the respective state annually.

Blue Card (QLD only)

In Queensland, all students who work with children and young people as part of their studies will need to apply for a blue card from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Further information can be obtained from the Blue Card Services website.

Working with Children Check (NSW only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Children check prior to their clinical experience.

Working with Vulnerable People Registration (ACT only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Vulnerable People check prior to their clinical experience.

Working with Children Check (VIC only)

All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Children check prior to their clinical experience.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student midwife uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase will be made available from the clinical office of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in each state after enrolment.

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