Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post-registration)

James Cook University JCU

This program provides an opportunity for hospital-trained registered nurses to formalise the valuable knowledge base they have gained in practice. It focuses on the deepening of knowledge in pathophysiology; diagnostic reasoning in nursing; the organisation and implementation of health care and the critical evaluation of research.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be registered nurses (documentary evidence must be provided with QTAC application); evidence of immunity to hepatitis B; Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card); Australian Federal Police check


24 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing science

Study Pathways:

Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) is offered to students who meet the stated criteria.


Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC); Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Isa No info No Part time 2 years
Cairns No info No Full time 1 year
Mount Isa No info No Full time 1 year
Cairns No info No Part time 2 years
Townsville No info No Part time 2 years
Townsville No info No Full time 1 year
Townsville No info No 1 year
Mackay No info No Part time 2 years
Mackay No info No Full time 1 year

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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