Bachelor of Nursing


Program Description

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If you’re passionate about helping others and considering a future in nursing, then UC’s Bachelor of Nursing course offers an outstanding industry and globally respected platform from which to launch your nursing career.

This immersive and fully interactive course incorporates the latest national and international interactive teaching and online practice methods while using innovative technological and medical equipment to simulate real-life scenarios.

As part of you this course, you’ll also undertake multiple clinical placement opportunities and gain valuable insight and experience across a broad range of healthcare service providers.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to become a registered nurse in Australia, and upon graduation, you’ll have the necessary skills, experience, and qualifications to be recognised as a nursing professional all over the world.

This three-year full-time course can also be studied part-time and is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Study a Bachelor of Nursing at UC and you will:

  • including primary health care and health promotion, long-term and residential care, mental health, acute and critical care, rural and remote services, and policy development
  • acquire foundation knowledge and skills to provide safe, sensitive, effective and holistic nursing care to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • participate in clinical laboratories, tutorials, lectures and seminars with face-to-face and online teaching
  • learn through a concept-based teaching approach integrating the science, ethics, and aesthetics of contemporary nursing practice
  • understand and apply nursing management principles in a range of settings
  • acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.
  • develop and broaden your knowledge, skills, and attitude to work and prepare for real-world clinical practice
  • undertake professional practice to ensure readiness for employment as a beginning nurse clinician.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is a vital component of this course, and in the first semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day observational placement, to accurately gauge the realities of a career as a registered nurse. Over the next three years, you will be required to complete approximately 880 hours of clinical practice across a range of local and regional medical settings - including paediatric, aged care, medical and surgical, theatre, emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU).

Participating placement venues include: Canberra Hospital, Calvary Public Hospital, Goulburn Base Hospital, and several additional private healthcare clinics in and around ACT and New South Wales. Overseas experience to countries such as Tonga, or nursing study exchange opportunities in Canada may also be available during this course which can count as credit towards your degree.

UC coursework is immersive and engaging with numerous ongoing simulated learning experiences using cutting-edge technology designed to mimic real-life scenarios. Our campus offers multiple high fidelity simulated learning environments at the new on-site University of Canberra Hospital – allowing UC Bachelor of Nursing students to experience direct clinical practice in a safe and controlled setting.

Career opportunities

This course leads directly to becoming eligible for registration as an Australian qualified Registered Nurse. Nursing is a diverse career and a UC trained RN can comfortably look for work in the hospital sector, private health care, primary health care, rural and remote health care and military support. An Australian RN qualification is also highly respected internationally and opens the door to numerous nursing employment opportunities overseas.

Course-specific information

The Bachelor of Nursing is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS of 7.0 overall, or equivalent, with no band score below 7.0.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics – General (minimum required); English (required); Biological Science (preferred); Chemistry (preferred); Psychology (recommended).

Applicants with a CIT Diploma of Nursing will receive 24 credit points of advanced standing.

Prior to undertaking any clinical experience, you must:

  • provide your immunisation history
  • apply for a National Police Check
  • apply for Working with Vulnerable People registration
  • undertake tuberculosis (TB) screening test
  • sign any required NSW Health forms
  • have qualifications in first aid/CPR.

High achieving students may be invited to enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing Advanced.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The University of Canberra is a vibrant government university where your future is what matters most. We are recognised internationally, ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world and have ... Read More

The University of Canberra is a vibrant government university where your future is what matters most. We are recognised internationally, ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world and have big plans for your future. We don't just focus on the theory of things, we like to teach our students in the way that they would be working. It's what we call work-integrated learning and it's a big reason that our students are highly sought after and amongst the highest paid and most employable in Australia. Read less