Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Psychological Science

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

This combined degree helps you understand human personality, behaviour, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead people to differ in the ways they think and behave. You will graduate with solid clinical experience and the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients and their families. Nursing clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year, and continue throughout every trimester of the course, totalling 800 hours. Clinical placements support and consolidate your learning and are undertaken in various metropolitan, regional and rural health care settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. Deakin's Clinical Simulation Centres provide flexible learning spaces that simulate clinical settings with state-of-the-art equipment designed to develop your practical skills, which are further consolidated through extensive clinical work placements. A wide range of units provide you with a scientific knowledge base for mental health practice, such as psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research. With so much diversity and growth in the healthcare sector, you will be in the best position possible to follow your interests and shape your future. The nursing component of your degree provides eligibility to become a registered nurse through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Similarly, the psychology stream of your degree is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APAC). This is the first step in your journey to becoming a qualified psychologist. To progress your career in psychology, an approved fourth year of psychology study will allow you to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society. In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete a further two years of supervised practice, or a minimum of two years of postgraduate study.


The course consists of 32 credit points of study which includes the following: 19 credit points are specific to nursing 10 credit points are specific to psychology The three remaining credit points are foundation units offered by the Faculty of Health which provide you with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. You will gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies. There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility. If you are studying at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool some units may only be available in Cloud (online) in years two, three and four. If you are enrolled at the Waterfront (Geelong), you will be required to take some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong). All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).


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Standard entry requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library Entry will be based on performance in: Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent OR Certificate IV in a related discipline or OR Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or OR Successful completion of relevant study - equivalent to at least two Deakin University units - at an accredited higher education institution OR Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience. Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


On successful completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You will also have gained a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), recognised for registration purposes by the PsyBA and enabling you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration. Notes: The NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements. This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Burwood International: $141,424
  • ATAR: 75
  • Full-time : 4 years
Warrnambool International: $141,424
  • ATAR: 62
  • Full-time : 4 years
Waterfront International: $141,424
  • ATAR: 72
  • Full-time : 4 years

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