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AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY – Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA – Hobart | Launceston



Diploma of Nursing (Pre-enrolment)



National Code



1.5 Years
Note: one year of study is equivalent to not less than 36 weeks of instruction.

Course Type

Accredited Course

Entry Requirements

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or completion of Certificate II or Certificate III studies in an area related to nursing. English proficiency demonstrated by an IELTS score of 5.5 is essential. Ability to meet the physical demands of nursing work, particularly the requirements of manual handling.

Commencement Details

January July


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Nursing (Diploma & Advanced Diploma)


Duration 3 years full-time

Available at Ballarat Campus VIC (Aquinas)

Brisbane Campus QLD (McAuley at Banyo)

Melbourne Campus VIC (St Patrick’s)

North Sydney Campus NSW (MacKillop)

International students
To be eligible to enter the 90 credit point program, applicants must have completed a three year post-secondary professional nurse education program and must be eligible for registration as a nurse in the country in which they qualified.
Applicants who have completed other nurse education programs will be assessed on an individual basis according to their education and experience, in order to determine an appropriate program of study within the Bachelor of Nursing course.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to undergraduate Nursing courses are:
-IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests; or
-TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 575 and TWE 5.0, or a computer-based score of 230 with an essay rating of 5.0

Professional Recognition

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing course graduates are eligible to seek registration as Registered Nurses with the relevant State Nurse’s Registration Authority.

MASTER OF NURSING (Management / Practice)

Duration 1 year full-time

Available at Ballarat Campus Vic (Aquinas)

Brisbane Campus Qld (McAuley at Banyo)

Melbourne Campus Vic (St Patrick’s)

North Sydney Campus NSW (MacKillop)


The Master of Nursing course will provide a focus on professional development as well as offering students the opportunity to major in their area of interest, specifically Nursing Management or Nursing Practice.

The aims of the course are to prepare graduates who are educationally prepared for management or advanced clinical practice in nursing and health care.

MASTER OF NURSING (Clinical Education)

Duration 1 year full-time study
Available at North Sydney Campus NSW (MacKillop)

The course aims to prepare graduates for an advanced role in clinical and health education. The course will encourage graduates to reflect on their clinical experience and further prepare them to design, implement and evaluate clinical education programs. The course will enhance the graduate’s ability to use the clinical context as a focus for their teaching.


Duration 1.5 Years full-time

Available at Ballarat Campus VIC (Aquinas)

Brisbane Campus QLD (McAuley at Banyo)

Melbourne Campus VIC (St Patrick’s)

North Sydney Campus NSW (MacKillop)


Students who complete the Master’s level course will have opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of issues that effect on their selected nursing specialty. The course will enable graduates to develop skills to structure practice environments that facilitate quality, innovation and leadership in advanced nursing specialty practice. The course is designed to provide 40 credit points of study additional to the Graduate Diploma course.
The Master of Clinical Nursing course has multiple entry and exit points at the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master levels. The courses have been arranged so that they articulate with each other to provide maximum flexibility for students. Where there is sufficient student demand nursing specialties will be offered at the campuses indicated.


Duration 1 year full-time

Available at Ballarat Campus VIC (Aquinas)

Brisbane Campus QLD (McAuley at Banyo)

Melbourne Campus VIC (St Patrick’s)

North Sydney Campus NSW (MacKillop)


The course focuses on leadership development as well as offering students the opportunity to study theory and research, issues, challenges and strategies relevant to contemporary nursing and nursing leadership.
The course will stimulate and enhance students’ inquiry into critical issues, trends, and innovations in nursing and health care, including ethical, moral and social justice dimensions, and prepare graduates for nursing leadership in varied community and institutional health care contexts.




This course provides a broad foundation for professional nursing practice and prepares students to practise as registered nurses. Graduates will be able to meet the nursing needs of people of all ages and have the ability to practise safely and with sensitivity in any area of nursing.

Clinical nursing practice is an essential component of the course, enabling students to apply knowledge and skills from the theoretical units to the nursing care of individuals, families and groups in hospitals and community settings in the ACT and surrounding districts. Only students admitted to this course will be able to undertake those units involving clinical practice.

Course Duration

7 semesters full-time

Typical Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 2


Nursing 101: Foundations of Nursing A

Nursing 103: Foundations of Nursing B

Nursing 102: The Practising Nurse

Psych Approaches to Health Care Practice

Nursing 104: Concepts in Evidence-Based

Indigenous Aust: Contemporary Issues

Bioscience in Health Care

Systemic Anatomy and Physiology


Nursing 201 – Common Alterations in Health A

Nursing 203 – Common Alterations in Health B

Nursing 202 – Research and Practice

Sociology of Health

Regional Anatomy and Physiology

Nursing 204 – Ethics in Health and Nursing


Nursing 301 – Chronic Illness/Rehabilitation

Nursing 303 – Professional Issues in Nursing

Mental Health

Nursing 304 – Acute Illness and System Failure

Pathophysiology and Drug Therapy

Nursing 305 – Management and Leadership


Nursing 401 – Analysis of Nursing Practice

Nursing 402 – Researching Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed year 12 or similar level of study and meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course. Applications are considered from Enrolled Nurses who may not have completed Year 12.

Additional requirements
All students in the Bachelor of Nursing course are required to undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in the community. All students are also required to present an immunisation history.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: English (T) major; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended; NSW: English Advanced; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.

Professional Recognition

Nurses Board of the ACT.





Taught on-campus at Flinders as a first degree or graduate-entry degree (limited first degree places offered on Riverland campus).

First degree

Course length: Three years full-time.

Combined degrees program:

  • Nursing/Health Sciences – 4 years or equivalent [not available for Riverland applicants]

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites and no knowledge is assumed.

Graduate entry

Course length: Two years. Not available as part of a combined degrees program.
Prerequisites: A recognised undergraduate degree in a discipline other than nursing.

Professional entry

Course length: One year.

Prerequisites: See below.

SATAC Codes [for Australian students]:
Registered Nurse pathway: 214291 (internal) 214295 (external)
Re-entry pathway: 214301
Registered midwife pathway: 219091


Today’s nurses play an important role in health promotion, maintenance and education, as well as in traditional patient care and the restoration of health. This course produces graduates who:

  • can function in a variety of settings and roles
  • have well developed clinical reasoning skills
  • understand that professional practice demands life-long learning
  • understand how social, environmental and economic factors affect health
  • can access and evaluate information and have good communication skills
  • are able to negotiate with people from a variety of backgrounds and understand cultural differences and their relationship to health
  • have reached the competency levels set by the Australian Nursing Council.

Through supportive studies in biophysical and psychosocial sciences, emphasis is placed on preparing students to manage rapid technological and social change and respond to ethical and legal demands.


Graduate-entry students complete an accelerated two-year program.


The course also is available to Enrolled Nurses who wish to become Registered Nurses. Some credit may be given for prior learning.


Students undertaking topics that require a clinical placement must meet the requirements of the School to demonstrate fitness for practice. They are:

  • Students make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice to the course coordinator, topic coordinator or principal academic.
  • Where there is a pre-existing illness or disability such that their ability to practice is impaired, they will advise the topic coordinator so that where possible a modified placement that will still meet the objectives of the topic can be arranged in consultation with the student.

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Nurses Board of South Australia as a Registered General Nurse. The program also is recognised interstate.

As well as traditional roles in hospitals, nurses are employed by a variety of agencies, including community health centres, aged care centres, community nursing services, local councils, industry and rural and remote settings. New graduates usually are employed in an acute care hospital setting and many go on to specialise in other areas such as mental health, midwifery, paediatrics and palliative care.


The course is highly structured and combines clinical practice with topics addressing ethics, law and the biophysical and psychosocial sciences. The full-time workload is about 40 hours per week, including classes, private study, field work and assignment preparation. Clinical experience is gained in city and country hospitals and other agencies and usually involves shift work.

The First Year of the pre-registration course aims to prepare the student for clinical practice by introducing communication, nursing and research skills, and studying the scientific basis of nursing together with the role of the nurse in the health care system.

During Second Year students continue to develop nursing skills and relate all aspects of body function with nursing practice. Students continue to gain clinical experience in the various health care settings.

The Third Year student explores more complex health issues through clinical reasoning and clinical practice. In the final semester of the course, students undertake a professional practicum and transition topic that aims to prepare the student for their role as a Registered Nurse after graduation.

Selected students may proceed to an Honours degree with the addition of an extra full-time year of study (or the part-time equivalent).


Two pathways within the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing are designed for registered nurses. Both require one year of full-time study or the part-time equivalent.

Registered Nurses pathway – internal or external mode
This pathway is for registered nurses who wish to upgrade their qualifications to a university degree. Applicants must be eligible for registration with a nurses’ registration authority in Australia or licensed to practise as a registered nurse in their own country or country of residence. Single registration Psychiatric and Mental Deficiency nurses may apply, but will not be able to gain Registered General Nurse status with the Nurses Board of South Australia as a result of completing this course.

Re-entry pathway – internal mode only
This pathway is for registered nurses required to complete a re-entry program because they have not worked as a registered general nurse for the past five years. Applicants must provide evidence that they have completed a course leading to registration as a general nurse and have practised as a registered general nurse during the past 15 years.

One pathway within the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing is designed for registered midwives. It requires one year of full-time study or the part-time equivalent.

Registered Midwife pathway – Internal mode only
This pathway is an accelerated program for gradues of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Prer-Registration). Applicants must provide a copy of their current midwifery practising certificate with their application. Applicants must not be registered as a general nurse, or be eligible for registration as a general nurse.

International Students

CRICOS Registered Provider. The Flinders University of South Australia. CRICOS Provider No. 00114A

See the international Entry, fees and scholarships section for the following information about this and other Flinders courses:

  • Tuition fees
  • Course entry requirements
  • English language requirements
  • Australian visa and health cover requirements
  • Scholarships
  • Information for AusAID applicants


University of Tasmania




The Bachelor of Nursing course is offered in the three optional modes:

  1. three years full time
  2. two and a half years with one full fee paying summer school*
  3. two years HECS/with an additional two full fee-paying summer schools.*
    Each option is equivalent to six full-time semesters.
    This on-campus full-time course is offered at Launceston, with the third year of the course available at Launceston, Hobart and Burnie. The course length is a minimum of six semesters full-time study with a maximum completion time of six years depending on academic progression. Advanced standing pathways are offered for psychiatric nurses and enrolled nurses to upgrade their qualifications to a degree and at the same time become eligible for registration as a nurse (comprehensive). Nursing diplomates and nurses who have re-entered practice also have the opportunity to undertake studies through advanced standing pathways in Launceston. Students may have an opportunity to study abroad and/or in clinical practicums offered interstate.

* Students wishing to enrol in the Summer School program may be required to attend an interview

Admission & Prerequisites

Pre-Registration: University admission. In addition, TCE subjects should include English, Science and Humanities. Applicants applying for advanced standing should have recent experience in nursing practice and may be required to attend an interview.

Course Objectives

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Nursing are:

  • to prepare students for a broad spectrum of first level practice roles in community health nursing, acute care and mental health nursing; or to enable mental health/psychiatric registered nurses to gain additional knowledge and skills to increase and/or enhance their scope of practice;
  • to foster a commitment to life-long learning, critical reflective thinking and professional growth;
  • to establish a discipline framework of knowledge in preparation for both professional life and graduate studies in nursing.

Career Outcomes

Graduates may find employment in many diverse healthcare settings including health centres, hospitals, occupational health and industry, health promotion and education, as well as rural and community settings.

Graduates may also pursue postgraduate opportunities in Nursing or other related disciplines.

Articulation to/from Course

Students may articulate from the Bachelor of Nursing to the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours.

Professional Recognition

Graduates with a Bachelor of Nursing and a current practising certificate are eligible for employment in many other countries as well as Australia.

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