Charles Darwin University

Diploma of Health Care/Bachelor of Nursing

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Bachelor of Nursing is a professionally accredited degree that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing, you are prepared to be a safe, collaborative, articulate and ethical registered nurse who is responsive to local, national and regional health care needs and aware of emerging global health care trends.The embedded Diploma of Health Care will be awarded on successful completion of requirements.The course is offered externally (online) and internally (on campus). The semester 2 intake is only available externally (online). All students are required to complete a full-time on-campus simulation block at an approved CDU venue in each year level of the course, in preparation for clinical placement. You will complete supervised clinical placements (880 hours in total) across the three years of the course in a variety of health care settings, including opportunities to participate in international study tours and exchanges that are in addition to the required 880 hours.As a nursing student, you will be required to have an inherent set of qualities. Nursing requires a degree of physical strength and mobility, endurance, communication and cognitive abilities for safe practice. If you think you may experience challenges in meeting the inherent requirements for nursing, you are encouraged to contact the Bachelor of Nursing Course Coordinator to discuss any concerns you may have before enrolling in the course.Reporting obligations: Under the national Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register nursing students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. More information available at NMBA Student Registration.Course transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing is not permitted. Students who wish to transfer into this course must follow the application process.


Twenty-one (21) compulsory core units provide students with essential knowledge that underpins a population health and person-centred approach to nursing practice when caring for people with acute and chronic health problems. The specialist elective unit provides greater depth of knowledge and allows students to study a generalised or specialty subjects in which they have a specific interest.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsDiploma of Health Care Core Units (8 units)80cp Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.NUR135 Primary Health Care (replaces NUR115 from 2021)NUR130 Introduction to Health and WellbeingNUR131 Professional PracticeNUR132 Communication for Person-centred PracticeNUR133 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthNUR134 Professional Experience Placement 1SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 Bachelor of Nursing Core Units(13 units)160cpCompulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below.NUR252 Digital Technology in HealthcareNUR255 Challenges to Health and WellbeingNUR256 Research and Evidence Based PracticeNUR257 Professional Experience Placement 2NUR258 Mental Health (20cp)SBI241 Pathophysiology for HealthcareSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical PracticeNUR366 Complex Care (20cp)NUR367 Leadership for Nursing PracticeNUR368 Global Health: Social Justice and SustainabilityNUR369 Nursing Practice ProjectNUR370 Professional Experience Placement 4NUR410 Professional Experience Placement 5 (20cp)  240cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:providing a declaration that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of continuous education that is equivalent to secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (*recognised countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America) undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.*After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.Applicants applying who are health care professionals with AHPRA registration (for example Diploma of Nursing qualifications) must apply for the WNUR01 Bachelor of Nursing, and apply using either SATAC code 104841 or UAC code 590600 for Casuarina Campus and Online, or SATAC code 164081 or UAC code 590113 for Sydney Campus.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $31,280 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
CDU Online International: $31,280 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
CDU Perth International: $31,280 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
CDU Sydney International: $31,280 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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