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Bachelor of Nursing

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1‒3 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

Last modified: 02 Feb 2017

About this course

The Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New England lets you take the first step towards a rewarding career in professional nursing. This course, delivered both online and on campus, will equip you with the qualifications, knowledge base and practical skills necessary for the practice of nursing.

You'll develop a solid foundation of knowledge in a wide array of areas related to nursing. You'll also gain valuable hands-on experience with a mandatory clinical placement. When you graduate, you'll be eligible to pursue professional nursing in both Australia and New Zealand by attaining Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

This course has flexible entry options and delivery modes. Units are offered in all three trimesters, so students can complete the course in two years. Beginner students may commence studies in trimester one of the first year; enrolled nurses may enter in trimester one or two of the second year. Students may also exit the course after the first year and seek Advanced Standing into the TAFE Diploma of Nursing and Endorsed Enrolled Nurse status with the NMBA.

The second and third years of the course are delivered via a combination of on-campus and online learning plus clinical practice, allowing you to fit your study alongside your other commitments.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing with Honours.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 880 hours of placement, in consultation with the School.

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  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements: 

    For the three-year course option

    • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies, and have achieved a pass in English and a science subject (other than mathematics) in that school-leaving qualification; OR
    • Have completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; OR
    • Have completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; OR
    • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
    • Have satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
    • Have satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses; OR
    • Have obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
    • Have satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; AND
    • Successfully undertake an interview conducted by a panel of UNE academic registered nurses.

    For the two-year course option

    • Hold an unrestricted Enrolled Nurse qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or equivalent under the Australian Quality Framework.

    For the one-year course option

    • Hold the University of New England Advanced Diploma in Nursing.
  • Subjects

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    In this nursing course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core subject:

    • Science for nursing: principles
    • Science for nursing: foundations         
    • Professional communication practice
    • Foundations for mental health practice
    • Evidence in health and social care practice
    • Health promotion in practice
    • Perspectives on ageing
    • Foundations of nursing: integrated care concepts
    • Foundations of nursing: application to practice
    • Foundations of nursing: medications and fluids
    • Foundations of nursing: theory of practice
    • Foundations of nursing: developing practice
    • Foundations of nursing: principles of practice
    • Nursing practice: building integrated care
    • Nursing practice: focus on integrated care
    • Nursing practice: developing integrated care
    • Nursing practice: models of integrated care
    • Nursing practice: complex integrated care
    • Professional practice: application of integrated care therapies
    • Professional practice: application of integrated care
    • Professional practice: preparation for practice
    • Professional practice: transition to practice                   
    • Professional practice: contexts of integrated care
    • Working with Aboriginal people
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New England.

Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). They will be equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to practise in various healthcare settings, and/or to pursue further nursing study at a postgraduate level.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Therapy Aide
  • Home Economist


Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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