Bachelor of Nursing

University of Newcastle

This program is the recognised pathway for people who wish to become Registered Nurses. The degree comprehensively prepares students specifically for professional nursing practice in a variety of health-care settings. During the program, students will complete 800 hours in a range of diverse clinical contexts including, but not limited to, primary health care services, community centres, residential aged care contexts, mental health services and acute care hospitals throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites. Graduates will be well prepared clinically and academically for rewarding careers in a wide variety of health settings. Nurses are an essential part of the health care system and work to promote and maintain the health of individuals and communities. Nursing provides varied career opportunities and nurses fulfill diverse roles such as clinicians, educators, researchers and managers.

Course Fee:

International: $98,160

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Assumed knowledge: Biology, and/or Chemistry, English and General Mathematics; Meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements


A total of 240 units over 3 years of full-time study, or 6 years of part-time study. The program includes 230 units of compulsory courses and 1 elective course of 10 units. Clinical experience is undertaken initially in the simulation laboratories on campus and then the knowledge is put into practice in health care settings.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Students holding a completed TAFE Diploma may be eligible for specified credit on application. An additional Honours year is available to students who achieve the required grade point average.

Further information:

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW health facilities, and as such there is a requirement to meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements. These requirements will include criminal record checks, screening and immunisations. Students are expected to comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements. The Bachelor of Nursing degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. The award of this program degree depends on the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and clinical components.


Our degree is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered, Therapy Aide,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 54.55 No Part time 6 years
Ourimbah 60.95 No Part time 6 years
Ourimbah 60.95 No Full time 3 years
Port Macquarie 56 No Full time 3 years
Port Macquarie 56 No Part time 6 years
Callaghan 54.55 No Full time 3 years

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