Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Curtin University

The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) is designed for those intending to practice as a registered nurse. This course provides a comprehensive program of study involving a diverse range of simulated practice and fieldwork, interprofessional learning, contemporary blended learning and advanced clinical skill development. During the course there is considerable emphasis on developing relevant clinical skills to meet the needs of changing healthcare. A large proportion of the course involves simulated learning and practical experience in a variety of hospital and community settings and includes the care of people of all ages across healthy to acutely unstable states. Simulated practice supports the development of competency prior to fieldwork placements in a safe learning environment. Clinical visits range from observation visits to more prolonged periods in selected health agencies where students are given increasing involvement and responsibility in nursing activities under the supervision of academic and industry staff. Students commence clinical experience in second semester, which may involve a rural placement and shift work, including night duty and weekend work. Employment is available in diverse healthcare settings including teaching hospitals; public and private hospitals; mental health facilities and allied health services (clinics, alcohol and drug centres); community health agencies; aged care; primary healthcare settings; medical practices with general and specialist practitioners; and defence services.

Course Fee:

International: $116,200

Entry Requirements:

Desirable: Human Biological Science 3A/3B and Integrated Science 3A/3B. Comprehensive Stream is available for school leavers and mature age students; the Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream is available to individuals who hold a recognised Diploma in Enrolled Nursing and who are currently enrolled with AHPRA as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2). Those applying for the Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Stream are required to meet the standard entry requirements. The Registered Nurse Conversion Non-Registered Stream is available to nurses who are currently registered within Australia wanting to upgrade their qualification. The Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Stream is available to nurses whose Australian registration has lapsed due to a lack of currency of practice (must have practiced within the last 10 years); registered general nurses from overseas wishing to gain registration in Australia.


The course contains Core Units and Streams.

Subjects you can Study:

Comprehensive nursing; Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse; Registered Nurse conversion: Australian registration; Registered Nurse conversion: non-registration.

Study Pathways:

Those with an Australian recognised Enrolled Nurse qualification and who are enrolled with AHPRA as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2) may be eligible for the Enrolled Nursing to Registered Nursing Stream and may receive exemption to the value of 200 credits. Those who are registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) may be eligible for the Registered Nurse Conversion Non-registration Stream and may receive exemption to the value of 500 credits. Those who have completed an AQF equivalent diploma in nursing, have current registration as a registered nurse in the country of qualification (or subsequent employment) and have completed a minimum of three months of fulltime employment as a registered nurse in an acute healthcare setting within the last 5 years may be eligible for the Registered Nurse Conversion Australian Registration Stream and may receive exemption to the value of 500 credits.

Further information:

Mandatory requirements for clinical practice include a Department of Health Criminal Record Screening, a National Police Screen, a Working with Children Check, Basic Life Support certificate and a manual handling certificate. It is expected that the student will maintain the currency of these requirements for the duration of the course. Certificates and screening costs are the responsibility of the student. Students must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in healthcare facilities. Clinical practice blocks can be several weeks in length and students need to be available for rotational shifts. More detailed information related to the required certificates and health and legal checks can be located on the Health Sciences' website.


Graduates, on successful completion of the course, are eligible to apply for registration as a Division 1 nurse (Registered Nurse) with the NMBA. Graduates must also meet NMBA mandatory registration standards, these include (but are not limited to) Criminal History Screening and English language Proficiency, health, conduct or performance issues.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00301J

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