Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Business Administration

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program enables students to integrate bedside practice with middle management roles because whether they work within hospitals, aged care, general practice, private practice or the community, nurses are required to effectively manage staff and financial resources. Students can choose a clinical nursing specialty in the final semester from: aged care; high dependency nursing; maternal and infant care; medical/surgical nursing; mental health and community nursing; paediatric care; palliative care; perioperative nursing. Students also learn about business administration, which provides knowledge in all areas of business management including: accounting; business information systems; human resource management; law; marketing. This dual degree program uses learner-centered approaches including inquiry- and situation-based learning to enhance student readiness for the workplace as clinicians and managers. Graduates can apply for nursing registration and work in occupations requiring an understanding of health and business processes. Some of these include: education; government and/or private hospitals; management; research and health promotion; rural and remote retrieval services.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English; NSW Assumed knowledge: Nil. Students must also provide: proof of immunisation for placements; valid CPR certificate and relevant clearance for working with children and young people as required by the relevant state e.g. Working with Children Check in VIC or blue card in QLD.


360 credit points consisting of 210 credit points of Nursing units and 130 credit points of Business units and 20 credit points of Core Curriculum units.

Subjects you can Study:

Accounting; Business information systems; Commercial law; Finance; Human resource management; International business; Marketing; Nursing

Study Pathways:

Graduates may be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or the Master of Nursing (Practice Inquiry) for further study in research. Graduates may also progress to postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Law and Business.


Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 63.5 No Full time 4.5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 63.5 No Part time 9 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 65 No Full time 4.5 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 65 No Part time 9 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4.5 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 9 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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