Bachelor of Nursing

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 6 locations

Study mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Overall score: 7.0Individual score of: 7.0 in all test sittings
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, February 2024, February 2025


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.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete at least 800 hours.

Work placement

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 .


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

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


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

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

NRSG378 Principles of Nursing: Extended Clinical Reasoning

NRSG372 Principles of Nursing: Chronic Illness and Disability

NRSG373 Integrating Practice 5

Year 3 - Semester 2

NRSG371 Building Healthy Communities data-versionlabel=3 >

NRSG374 Principles of Nursing: A Palliative Approach data-versionlabel=3 >

NRSG376 Integrating Practice 6 data-versionlabel=3 >

NRSG377 Transition to Contemporary Nursing and Clinical Leadership

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

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.

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

International applicants

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate and must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

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.

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 into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

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 suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing. Specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3876
  • Average first year fee: $31008
  • Estimate total cost: $93024

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.

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


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.  

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How to apply

International applicants

Direct application

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Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.


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 33% of the program online.

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.



“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.

Nursing student

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