Bachelor of Nursing

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 6 locations

Study mode
Multi-mode
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
1200112201
ATAR
62.50 for Ballarat
Fees (first year)*

$5818 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

ACU graduate nurses are held in high regard for their clinical skills, quick thinking, and compassion. We’re connected to an extensive range of hospitals and health care partners, so you will get the best opportunities for industry placements and future employment. If you’re after an overseas experience, we also work with care facilities in a number of developed and developing countries.

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete at least 800 hours. You will undertake industry placements each semester, starting in Semester 2 of your first year. Our integrating practice units are designed to help you contextualise theoretical knowledge through clinical practice.

Work placement

ACU has strong industry ties with hospitals for placements and significant stakeholder engagement with many health partners. We endeavour to place students in a variety of different locations to give you experience in various settings. Whilst you may have some flexibility in choosing where you want to do your placements,  this cannot be guaranteed.  You will have the opportunity for rural and regional locations as well as some metro based. 

Students will undertake clinical placements as part of a variety of clinical units throughout the course in hospitals and community facilities. As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements).

Professional recognition

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.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • public hospitals
  • private hospitals
  • disability services 
  • rehabilitation services
  • specialist centres
  • community health
  • residential aged care facilities
  • hospital emergency departments
  • local and state government health departments
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • mental health services
  • rural health services

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture

HLSC122 Evidence for Practice

NRSG138 Transition into Nursing

NRSG139 Integrating Practice 1: Assessment in Health

Year 1 - Semester 2

BIOL121 Human Biological Science 1

Core Curriculum

100 level unit: 

Either

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

HLSC111 The Person, Health and Wellbeing

NRSG140 Integrating Practice 2


Year 2 - Semester 1

BIOL122 Human Biological Science 2


NRSG263 Principles of Nursing Mental Health

NRSG258 Principles of Nursing: Surgical

NRSG264 Integrating Practice 3


Year 2 - Semester 2

NRSG265 Principles of Nursing: Medical

NRSG266 Principles of Nursing: Contexts of Ageing

HLSC220 Health Care Ethics

NRSG267 Integrating Practice 4


Year 3 - Semester 1

Core Curriculum

300 level unit:

Either

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society


NRSG371 Building Healthy Communities


NRSG372 Principles of Nursing: Chronic Illness and Disability


NRSG373 Integrating Practice 5


Year 3 - Semester 2

NRSG374 Principles of Nursing: a Palliative Approach


NRSG375 Clinical Leadership


NRSG367 Transition to Professional Nursing


NRSG376 Integrating Practice 6


This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information

Classes

Class sizes: In 2021 we welcomed 197 students to our new Blacktown campus, 173 to Ballarat, 392 to Brisbane, 177 to Canberra, 448 to Melbourne and 656 new students to our North Sydney campus.

Class sizes vary: In North Sydney you will be one of approximately 330 students  in nursing lectures, though currently all lectures are online due to COVID, 15 – 24 students in simulation wards and labs, and 30 in tutorials; in Melbourne we have approximately 500 students in lectures 15 – 20 in simulation wards and labs, and 30 in tutorials; in Canberra numbers are somewhat smaller with 100 students in lectures, 15–20 in simulation wards and labs, and 30 in tutorials, and in Ballarat approximately 100 students in lectures, with a maximum of 15 in simulation wards and labs, and 30 in tutorials; in Brisbane you can expect up to 300 students in lectures, approximately 25 students in simulation wards and labs, and around 30 in tutorials.

 

Sample assessments

NRSG138 Transition to Nursing

• Online quiz (20 per cent)

Fifteen multiple choice and five short answer questions convering modules 1-3.

• Written Essay (30 per cent)

Use literature to compare and contrast the differing understandings of care.

• Case Study (50 per cent)

1200 words to demonstrate developing skills of identifying health care priorities and person-centred nursing care.

Overseas study available

A number of units are offered each year at our Rome Campus, including NRSG265, NRSG266, and HLSC220 while NRSG373 Professional Practice can be studied in Cambodia, India, USA, Singapore, Timor Leste, Vanuatu or Chile.

Note: overseas study opportunities are subject to program availability and to public health restrictions in place at the planned time of travel.

To find out more, visit: www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/study-overseas/study-tours-and-short-programs/study-health-sciences-overseas/ 

Entry requirements

An applicant must also 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.

StatePrerequisites
ACT

Assumed knowledge: Nil

New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: Nil

Queensland

Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)

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.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English Language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language skills registration standards.

Applicants for Nursing courses should carefully review the details outlined in Schedule 3, Section 3b of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to check how they must demonstrate their English Language Proficiency.

** Please note that from 2021 this course requires all applicants to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency which is above the ACU minimum. More detail is available in ACU's Admission to Coursework Programs Policy, Schedule 3, Section 3b. **

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?  

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.  

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a number of postgraduate courses suitable for Bachelor of Nursing  graduates including:

·      Aged Care Management

·      Clinical Nursing (with over 20 specialisations to choose from)

·      Dietetic Practice

·      Digital Health

·      Health Administration and Leadership and Management courses

·      Public Health

You can find out more on postgraduate programs in Health Sciences here – https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-health-sciences/postgraduate-study-in-health-sciences

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5818 CSP

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Ballarat

Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200112201

Deferment

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

Staff Profile

Dr Jacqui Young

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Nursing, Brisbane campus

Dr Jacqui Young is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in clinical, education, management & research domains. She has worked as a nurse in emergency and intensive care units in major hospitals within Australia and Saudi Arabia. Jacqui has extensive education experience in the hospital sector, working as a clinical facilitator with undergraduate students; a clinical coordinator with new graduate nurses; a clinical educator for coronary/intensive care in a Saudi Arabian hospital, and a nurse re-entry program coordinator for nurses returning to the workforce in a major area health service in Sydney. She brings this extensive experience along with 16 years of tertiary academic experience to the nursing curriculum at Australian Catholic University. Jacqui’s teaching interests relate to primary health care nursing, health promotion and nursing management of chronic diseases.


Testimonial

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“Throughout my course I had the opportunity to complete my clinical placements in some of Australia’s top hospitals, specialising in lifesaving organ transplants and caring for palliative patients. Due to a very diverse number of placements throughout my time at ACU, I felt confident to enter my professional field after university.


Katie
Nursing student
 

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