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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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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.

Study nursing

Improve countless lives.

As one of the most trusted professions, nurses make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the community and are essential within any healthcare system or facility. Nurses work in fast-paced environments, providing quality health care to individuals, families and communities and are highly employable across Australia and around the world. 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 and meaningful contribution to society.

Accreditation is pending approval from Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Why study with us?

  • Be work-ready - students complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience throughout their degree. You’ll experience a variety of clinical settings from medical-surgical facilities, acute care, mental health settings to aged care and rural health clinics.
  • Accreditation - upon graduation you are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Unique experience in rural settings - by completing a portion of your placement in rural communities, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience not available in major cities or urban centres.
  • Gain hands on clinical experience – students have the opportunity to gain hands-on clinical experience learning in our world-class simulation laboratories located on campus.
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    What you will study

    Ranked 26 ? in the world - 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:

    • Lifespan approach
    • Bioscience
    • Pharmacology
    • Older people
    • Community health
    • Acute care
    • Medical and surgical nursing
    • Mental health
    • Indigenous health
    • Health promotion and education
    • Child and adolescent health

    Advanced study options

    Give yourself a career advantage in nursing

    Offered by the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, 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 Apply


    Career opportunities

    As a Nurse, you can establish a career in areas such as:

    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Clinical Nurse Consultant
    • Nurse Educator
    • Nurse Manager
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Researcher

    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

    Practical experience

    Nursing students at UON

    University of Newcastle nursing students are required to complete 800 hours of clinical experience in NSW Health facilities.

    Clinical placement is conducted in a variety of settings, including medical-surgical facilities, acute care, community health and major teaching hospitals, mental health settings, aged-care facilities, rural and remote health placements, international placements.

    As well as venues in Newcastle and the Central Coast, it is expected that you will be available to attend venues across regional and remote centres in the Hunter and far north, south and west of NSW including but not limited to: Northern NSW, Hunter New England, Western NSW, Far West, and Central West.

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


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    Student profile - Damien

    "Nursing is a field where you will never be without a job no matter where you go and there are so many opportunities to do so much within the nursing field."

    Student profile - Joel

    "There are plenty of different areas to work in within Nursing: you can work in a hospital, schools or as an educator."

    How to apply

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    Let's just check you are eligible

    Pick your situation from the list below for more information.

    If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

    As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

    Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

    You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

    • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
    • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
    • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
    • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
    • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
    • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
    • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
    • See our Application FAQs .
    • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

    Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

    It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

    If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

    If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

    For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

    TAFE Guaranteed Entry

    Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).

    Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
    6.5+ 95 96.95
    6.25-6.49 93 95.25
    6.00-6.24 90 93
    5.75-5.99 88 91
    5.50-5.74 86 89
    5.25-5.49 83 86
    5.00-5.24 81 83
    4.75-4.99 78 80
    4.00-4.74 75 76

    Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
    76 75

    Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

    Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
    6.5+ 78 90
    6.25-6.49 78 88
    6.00-6.24 77 86
    5.75-5.99 76 84
    5.50-5.74 75 82
    5.25-5.49 73 80
    5.00-5.24 71 78
    4.75-4.99 69 75
    4.00-4.74 67 73

    Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

    Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV

    Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.

    It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

    Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

    If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

    If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.

    Bachelor degree studies

    Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
    6.5+ 97.30
    6 93.40
    5 86.30
    4 77.65
    3 67.25

    *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.

    Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

    Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
    >97 99.55
    80 84
    70 77
    60 70
    50 65

    If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

    If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

    If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

    If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

    If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

    For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

    If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

    Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

    The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

    • Open Foundation
      Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
    • Yapug
      If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
    • Diploma in Engineering
      Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
    • Undergraduate Certificates
      Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.


    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

    Non-Award Admission

    If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.

    Cross-Institutional Study

    If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

    If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

    Senior secondary school qualification

    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. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirements below.

    Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

    The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

    An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

    When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

    For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

    Other things to consider

    Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

    Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

    During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.

    Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline within Australia is IELTS 7.0.

    Current Australian Year 12 Students:

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank or equivalent.

    Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

    • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
    • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
    • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
    International Students

    Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

    Before being considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. To do this, applicants must do one of the following:

    • Declare that:
      • English is your primary language (i.e. the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and the language you know best and are most comfortable with)
      • before the program start date you will have completed six years of schooling in English - including at least two years of secondary school in English - in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. All the requirements for schooling are on the UAC website.
    • Undertake an English language proficiency test accepted for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing no more than two years before the program start date. You will need to achieve specified minimum results. Minimum test results are outlined in the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.
    • Declare that you are currently registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery (AHPRA).

    Upon graduation and application for registration as a nurse in Australia, you will also need to meet the English language skills registration standard of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

    HSC English, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.

    Biology and/or Chemistry, General English and General Maths.

    A significant component of the program is conducted online via the internet and therefore you need to have computer skills, including word processing, email and web searching. If you do not have these skills you are advised to undertake a preparatory course.

    If you have not studied HSC Biology, Chemistry and Maths you are advised to undertake bridging courses during January and February, prior to commencing first year. Further information on bridging courses can be found online.

    Students will complete approximately 800 hours of practical experience throughout the program in a range of diverse clinical contexts throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites.

    Travel, accommodation and related expenses for clinical placements will be the responsibility of the student.

    In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

    NURS1003 - Professional Experience 1

    NURS1006 - Professional Experience 2

    NURS2003 - Professional Experience 3

    NURS2006 - Professional Experience 4

    NURS3003 - Professional Experience 5

    NURS3006 - Professional Experience 6

    You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

    You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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    Apply to study this degree through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

    You can select up to five preferences in your UAC application, so have a look around and select some back-up options. Put the degree you are most interested in first.

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