Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Entry

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Add a nursing qualification to an existing degree with this two-year graduate course. With practical experience from first year you'll graduate ready to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse. Hands-on experience begins at La Trobe's on-campus clinical learning unit. Later in this degree you'll have the opportunity to study at one of La Trobe's clinical schools in leading Victorian hospitals like The Alfred, Royal Melbourne, Austin and The Northern. Alongside this clinical experience, you'll study nursing research, contemporary health priorities and Indigenous health and learn to support patients and lead care across the lifespan. Subjects like Challenging Interactions in Nursing, Complex Care Nursing and Managing Chronic Conditions will also help prepare you for a role in the workplace. You'll also learn how to manage their time, lead teams, manage caseloads and make ethical clinical decisions with a compassionate and caring approach. To support your studies, you may be eligible for a La Trobe scholarship or a scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing. La Trobe's student exchange program also offers overseas study opportunities with partner universities around the world. You'll receive advanced standing credits for their previous degree, enabling them to complete this degree in two years instead of three. If you previous degrees didn't include studies in human physiology and anatomy, they will need to complete a bridging course before starting this course.


First-year studies develop assessment and diagnostic skills and introduce students to acute, community and mental health nursing. Second year aims to further develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Students will learn advanced nursing practice and how to deal with issues such as chronic illness, care of older people and complex acute care.


  • Anatomy, Nursing, Physiology.

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor degree preferably with studies in health, behavioural science or biological science. Applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved human anatomy and physiology bridging program. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details

Further information

This course has a clinical component. Students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please note the AHPRA standard of English language required to register as a nurse in Australia, introduced July 1, 2010. Students can study this course through La Trobe's Regional Reward.

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