Bachelor of Nursing

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.



Domestic applications for this course for Semester 1, 2018 have closed. Please revisit this page in August 2018 for 2019 availability.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
001293G
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (58.50)
  • Brisbane (12/74)
  • Canberra (60.00)
  • Melbourne (80.55)
  • North Sydney (75.00)
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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) - (Application not available)
  • Brisbane (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Canberra (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Melbourne (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Attendance) - (Application not available)

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 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $6783 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.

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.35 90.35
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.48 66.83
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.00 58.55
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 5 1
Median OP to receive an offer 12 9
Lowest OP to receive an offer 17 13
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 92 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 75 83
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 63 72
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.40 92.15
Median ATAR to receive an offer 63.00 68.00
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 53.40 59.10
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.20 99.35
Median ATAR to receive an offer 81.68 84.80
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 70.75 79.30
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.40 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 75.40 82.15
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 64.75 74.30

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
30 19.35%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 27 17.42%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
6 3.87%
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) 62 40.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 11 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) 0 0.00%
International students 19 12.26%
All students 155 100%
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
73 13.88%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 129 24.52%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
22 4.18%
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) 129 24.52%
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) 11 2.09%
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) <5 N/P
International students 160 30.42%
All students 526 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
46 20.18%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 41 17.98%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
18 7.89%
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 30.26%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 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) 28 12.28%
International students 26 11.40%
All students 228 100%
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
207 34.05%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 70 11.51%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 1.15%
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) 148 24.34%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 43 7.07%
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) 7 1.15%
International students 126 20.72%
All students 608 100%
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
269 33.54%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 121 15.09%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
16 2.00%
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) 156 19.45%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 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) 89 11.10%
International students 149 18.58%
All students 802 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information



Domestic applications for this course for Semester 1, 2018 have closed. Please revisit this page in August 2018 for 2019 availability.

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection 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 a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank 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.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

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
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021
Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021
Canberra
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021

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: $3495.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $27960.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $83880.00 (2019)

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
(not offered)
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
(not offered)
Victoria
Apply through VTAC
(not offered)

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.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.