Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
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74.10 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD36,325 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 11725
CRICOS code: 072609D

Study nursing

Improve countless lives.

As a registered nurse, you will work in a diverse and fast-paced medical environment to provide quality health care and support to individuals, families and communities. Whichever direction you choose for your career as a registered nurse, when you study a Bachelor of Nursing, you can be sure that you will be making an important contribution to society.

As one of Australia's most trusted professions, nurses make a real difference to the health and well-being of the community and are essential within any health care system or facility. This also means nurses are highly employable; your nursing career could take you across Australia and the globe, working in public and private healthcare facilities in areas across a range of disciplines in the health sector. Whichever direction you choose for your degree, you can be sure that you will enter a career that makes a meaningful contribution to society.

Why study with us?

  • Be work-ready - students complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience throughout their degree.
  • Accreditation - upon graduation you are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Grow your international networks while making a lasting contribution in countries like Thailand as part of a study tour.
  • Our nursing graduates get jobs - In 2018, 94% of our nursing graduates were employed within four months of completing their degree.
FREE WEBINAR Learn more about studying this degree

    What you will study

    Video: Excellence in caring
    World top 38 ? for Nursing
    94% Employed ? within four months of graduating
    800 hours of clinical placement
    ANMAC ? accredited degree
    ERA 5 ? 'well above world standard' for nursing research

    What you will study

    Studying a Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Newcastle will give you the opportunity to undertake a wide range of courses in health and medicine. You will have the opportunity to study your nursing courses in face-to face learning and online. In addition to theoretical learning, our nursing degree offers plenty of hands-on experience in clinical laboratories and placements.

    Be inspired by our enthusiastic and experienced clinical educators and internationally ranked researchers who bring their courses to life and share their love of learning. Our teaching excellence ensures you will gain the knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in preparation for the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the nursing profession and nursing research.

    You can study courses in areas that include nursing theory and practice in:

    • primary, secondary and tertiary nursing
    • aged care
    • mental health
    • human bioscience

    Career opportunities

    Advanced study options

    Give yourself a career advantage in nursing

    Offered by the Faculty of Health and Medicine, the Nursing Honours degree is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in research and theory development, and involves a research project in a selected field of nursing. It is intended for registered nurses who wish to prepare themselves for higher degree studies and for leadership in nursing practice, research and education.

    Nursing (Honours) program handbook


    Career opportunities

    University of Newcastle Nursing graduates enjoy great employment rates. The 2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Graduate Destination Survey reported that 94% of our graduates found jobs within four months of finishing their degree.

    As a nurse you can establish a career in areas such as:

    • aged care
    • mental health
    • community health
    • oncology
    • emergency
    • immunisation

    Take a look below for more nursing career opportunities.

    Upon completion of the degree, Nursing graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and practice as Registered Nurses in Australia as well as in many overseas countries. Once qualified as a Registered Nurse, professional experience and further study will allow Registered Nurses to pursue a range of specialisations and advanced roles within the nursing profession. Below is a list of sample jobs that are typical for nursing graduates.

    • Child and Family Health Nurse
    • Clinical Nurse Educator
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Community Health Nurse
    • Community Mental Health Nurse
    • Diabetes Educator
    • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
    • Emergency Nurse Specialist
    • Flight Nurse
    • Health Promotion Officer
    • Immunisation Nurse
    • Lifestyle Coordinator
    • Mental Health Clinician
    • Mental Health Intake Officer
    • Nurse Manager
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Occupational Health Nurse
    • Oncology Nurse
    • Paramedic/Ambulance Officer
    • Perioperative Nurse
    • Registered Nurse
    • Rehabilitation Consultant
    • Research Nurse
    • Senior Mental Health Clinician
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    While many graduates pursue careers that are closely linked to the degree they have studied, others use their degree in different ways. Nursing graduates can use their skills and knowledge to pursue careers other than nursing, whether still within the health sector or in other more generic areas. The list of jobs below shows some examples of alternative jobs that nursing graduates might be able to pursue. Some of these jobs may require additional study and qualifications, while some may only require the completion of a nursing degree.

    • Aged and Disability Officer
    • Aid Worker
    • Cardiac Technologist
    • Case Manager/Worker
    • Child Protection Officer
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Disability Services Manager
    • Disability Services Officer
    • Echocardiography Technologist
    • Ethicist
    • Exercise Rehabilitation/Injury Management Advisor
    • Genetic Counsellor
    • International Aid/Development Worker
    • Medical Technician
    • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
    • Music Therapist
    • Neurophysiological Technician
    • Operations Manager
    • Orthotist/Prosthetist
    • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
    • Play Therapist
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Registered Midwife
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Residential Care Worker
    • Sonographer
    • Support Worker
    • VET Teacher
    • Work Health and Safety Officer

    Professional recognition

    Professional recognition

    Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

    Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    Nursing students at UON

    University of Newcastle nursing students can obtain 800 hours of clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to work in a range of clinical facilities including:

    • medical-surgical
    • acute care
    • mental health
    • community
    • aged-care

    Public and private facilities within Hunter New England Area Health, Northern Sydney/Central Coast Area Health and North Coast Area Health provide these clinical learning opportunities. The University's Department of Rural Health at Tamworth also provide interdisciplinary rural health placements.

    The clinical focus of the nursing degree takes place in areas such as medical-surgical facilities, mental health settings, aged care facilities, community health and major teaching hospitals, located predominantly in the Hunter, Central Coast, New England, Northern Sydney and Mid-North Coast, but you may go as far afield as Orange and Broken Hill.

    Hands-on clinical experience in our world-class facilities is also undertaken in laboratories on campus.