Bachelor of Nursing

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (58.50)
  • Brisbane (12/74)
  • Canberra (58.50)
  • Melbourne (73.60)
  • North Sydney (58.50)

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.

Description

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

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

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).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
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
HLSC111
The Person, health and wellbeing
NRSG140
Integrating practice 2 (Pre: NRSG139)
Year 2 - Semester 1 BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
NRSG263
Principles of nursing: mental health
NRSG258
Principles of nursing: surgical
NRSG264
Integrating practice 3
(Pre: NRSG140)
Year 2 - Semester 2 NRSG265
Principles of nursing: medical
NRSG266
Principles of nursing: contexts of ageing
HLSC220
Health care ethics
NRSG267
Integrating practice 4
(Pre: NRSG140)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
NRSG371
Building healthy communities
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG372
Principles of nursing: chronic illness and disability
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG373
Integrating practice 5
(Pre: NRSG264, NRSG267)
Year 3 - Semester 2 NRSG374
Principles of nursing: a palliative approach
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG375
Clinical leadership
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 180 credit points)
NRSG367
Transition to professional nursing
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 180 credit points)
NRSG376
Integrating practice 6
(Pre: NRSG373)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
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.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

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

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7035 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.

Essential requirements for admission

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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

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 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 85.40 89.45
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.45 67.70
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 53.15 58.75
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 3 1
Median OP to receive an offer 11 10
Lowest OP to receive an offer 15 12
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 96 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 78 81
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 69 76
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.75 99.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 64.95 70.13
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.10 58.60
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.40 98.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 78.35 82.55
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 61.10 67.65
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 93.70 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 65.15 72.00
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 46.85 58.50

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
32 18.08%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 14 7.91%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 3.95%
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) 77 43.50%
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) 10 5.65%
International students 33 18.64%
All students 177 100%
  • 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 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
81 18.37%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 97 22.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
19 4.31%
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) 109 24.72%
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) 13 2.95%
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) 9 2.04%
International students 113 25.62%
All students 441 100%
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
54 21.77%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 35 14.11%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
8 3.23%
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) 95 38.31%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 10 4.03%
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) 11 4.44%
International students 35 14.11%
All students 248 100%
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
213 30.65%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 76 10.94%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
5 0.72%
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) 185 26.62%
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 5.32%
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) 23 3.31%
International students 156 22.45%
All students 695 100%
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
215 20.63%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 114 10.94%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
24 2.30%
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) 341 32.73%
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 3.55%
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) 48 4.61%
International students 263 25.24%
All students 1042 100%

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

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

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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

Career paths

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.

Professional experience

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). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

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.

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.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

**Please note that the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into this course are changing from 2021. Please check this website for updates. **

Pathways to further study

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, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

More course information

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

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

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

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Ballarat
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
Canberra
  • 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
North Sydney
  • 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

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 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
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
HLSC111
The Person, health and wellbeing
NRSG140
Integrating practice 2 (Pre: NRSG139)
Year 2 - Semester 1 BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
NRSG263
Principles of nursing: mental health
NRSG258
Principles of nursing: surgical
NRSG264
Integrating practice 3
(Pre: NRSG140)
Year 2 - Semester 2 NRSG265
Principles of nursing: medical
NRSG266
Principles of nursing: contexts of ageing
HLSC220
Health care ethics
NRSG267
Integrating practice 4
(Pre: NRSG140)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
NRSG371
Building healthy communities
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG372
Principles of nursing: chronic illness and disability
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG373
Integrating practice 5
(Pre: NRSG264, NRSG267)
Year 3 - Semester 2 NRSG374
Principles of nursing: a palliative approach
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG375
Clinical leadership
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 180 credit points)
NRSG367
Transition to professional nursing
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 180 credit points)
NRSG376
Integrating practice 6
(Pre: NRSG373)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
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.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3635.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $29080.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $87240.00 (2020)

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.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

**Please note that the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into this course are changing from 2021. Please check this website for updates.**

Applying for Admission

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

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

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.

Professional experience

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). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

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.

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.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

**Please note that the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into this course are changing from 2021. Please check this website for updates. **

Pathways to further study

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, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

More course information

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

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