Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00003G

Nursing plays a key role in health services across the world, and professional nurses work in a wide variety of settings. The Bachelor of Nursing equips graduates with the key knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of nursing. The course also aims to give graduates an appreciation of the value of life-long learning and a firm foundation for further study at a postgraduate level. A central aim is to prepare graduate nurses for registration as professional nurses with the New South Wales Nurses Registration Board. The second and third years of the course can be undertaken in 'Blended Learning' mode, which includes a combination of mandatory on-campus intensive schools, structured online learning and clinical practice blocks.


144 credit points (equivalent to 24 standard units). Students complete 880 hours of clinical practice, which is organised in block placements of 2 to 4 weeks. Clinical placements occur in most area health services of NSW. Units are offered in all three trimesters allowing students to complete the course in two calendar years if they wish. Students admitted through an articulation program follow a modified program of study.


  • Nursing-general (medical/surgical)
  • Nursing-maternal and infant
  • Nursing-children
  • Nursing-developmentally disabled people
  • Nursing-elderly people
  • Nursing-psychiatric/mental health

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent and a pass in English and a science subject (other than Mathematics)
  • Or an unrestricted Enrolled Nurse qualification with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent
  • Or the UNE Advanced Diploma in Nursing
  • Or successfully undertake an interview conducted by a panel of UNE academic registered nurses. International students must hold a minimum 2 year FTE post-secondary equivalent to an Australian Diploma in Nursing and be registered, licensed or recognised in their own country as registered or a professional nurse in the last ten years
  • And have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 91 in the Internet-based Text with not less than 22 in the written component and 20 in Listening, Speaking and Reading)
  • Or successful completion of an advanced EAP program at the University of New England English Language Centre (equivalent to IELTS 6.5).


Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) - by mutual recognition New Zealand also recognises Australian Nursing Registration

Study pathways

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies. Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible to continue to an honours year.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Armidale International: $84,000
  • ATAR: 70
    OP: 13/0
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

All students must complete a National Criminal History Check; hold a current WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate; complete a mandatory NSW Working with Children Check and be appropriately vaccinated for Category A Health Care Workers as per NSW Health Policy.

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