ACU is the largest provider of nurses in Australia. 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. Throughout the course students will connect theory to practice and may have the opportunity to undertake a clinical nursing specialty in the final semester. Specialties linked with industry in areas of workforce include: aged care nursing; community nursing; high dependency nursing; medical/surgical nursing; mental health nursing; paediatric nursing; palliative care nursing; perioperative nursing. Students 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. 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.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English; NSW & ACT Assumed knowledge: Nil; plus requirements for clinical placements: evidence of immunisation; current CPR certificate and clearance for working with children and young people as required by relevant state e.g. Working with Children Check in VIC or blue card in QLD; Police Check. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible to apply for admission to the course, a student must have completed a Bachelor of Nursing and attained a GPA of 5.75 for Bachelor of Nursing (Honours).


240 credit points consisting of: 60 cp from Interdisciplinary Learning Units; 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units; 100 cp from Nursing Theory Units; 60 cp from Clinical Nursing Practice Units.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

An Honours year is available to meritorious students who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours). The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees and research degrees in nursing. Specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education and health administration.


Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) 58.75 No Full time 3 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 58.75 No Part time 6 years
Canberra (Signadou) 60.55 No Full time 3 years
Canberra (Signadou) 60.55 No Part time 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 83.1 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 83.1 No Part time 6 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 78 No Full time 3 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 78 No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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