The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Nursing

The University of Adelaide

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

Nurses are highly respected members of the community who make an important and meaningful contribution to society. A career in nursing is well suited to people with high levels of compassion and empathy who desire an exciting, rewarding and flexible profession that supports people and their families and saves lives. The Bachelor of Nursing is designed to produce registered nurses with a high level of hands-on practical experience in both simulation and in the real world. The degree also offers students the chance to explore contemporary issues in the areas of health promotion, maintenance, advocacy and care. Adelaide Nursing School has a relatively small student intake each year, meaning that students will form strong relationships with their fellow students and have the opportunity to interact closely with teaching staff. Throughout the three years of the degree, students undertake compulsory placements in clinical and non-clinical settings across city and rural locations to gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge that will underpin their future careers. This degree provides a professional qualification as a registered nurse and is recognised Australia-wide.


From early in first year, students attend a combination of lectures and clinical placements, allowing the integration of theory into practice. In the second and third year of the degree students have further opportunities to blend theory and practice. University-based study and clinically based learning are central to student learning. Full-time nursing students can expect to commit up to 40 hours per week on-campus in lectures, tutorials or simulation practicals, or clinical placement. A strong commitment to the degree is required, as teaching activity can extend beyond the standard semester period. From 2017, students may be required to attend compulsory skills and simulation classes on occasional weekends during semesters. Students will attend compulsory clinical placements from their first year which involve a range of shifts (including weekends). Clinical placements require significant time commitment and may include shifts across a 24 hour roster. Part-time students can complete the Bachelor of Nursing by following the prescribed course structure which can be obtained by contacting the Adelaide Nursing School. The courses to be completed each semester are non-negotiable and students must attend the associated clinical placements


  • Nursing

Standard entry requirements

  • ATAR: 75.05
  • IB: 26. Students must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. They compete on the basis of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Assumed Knowledge: SACE Stage 2: Biology. For more information, visit:


The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council is responsible for accreditation of nursing degrees leading to registration. Just prior to completion of the degree, students apply to Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. In order to be able to register as either an enrolled or registered nurse, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. In Australia all undergraduate programs leading to registration as a nurse must be accredited every 5 years. The curriculum at the University of Adelaide is subject to (re)accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia from 2018.

Study pathways

Multiple opportunities exist after graduation for further study in a variety of nursing specialisations.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
North Terrace International: $106,500 No
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

Students undertaking clinical placements are required to obtain clearances. For more details, visit:

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