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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 7.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 106657M
Program Code40298
Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
TBC (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers in 2022. It may change in 2023.
Entry requirements

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.

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Nursing (pre 2022)

Program handbook


Nurses are an essential part of the health care system and work to promote and maintain the health of individuals and communities. Nursing provides varied career opportunities and nurses fulfil diverse roles such as clinicians, educators, researchers and managers.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • incorporated the professional standards of the nursing discipline, health care ethics and legal principles, using a framework of critical thinking and reasoning in the provision of nursing practice.
  • demonstrated capability to perform competently the literacies of verbal, non-verbal and written communication; numeracy, and digital technology as applied to the nursing context across a range of settings.
  • provided professional practice which is culturally capable gained through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes, informed by evidence, to enable delivery as a safe practitioner.
  • established effective, collaborative and therapeutic relationships with individuals, families and the interprofessional team, which supports their engagement in a person-centred approach.


Information correct as at26 Jan 2022 3:40 am
Program code40298
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face - Face to face, with online components
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus78.00TBC

This program is new for 2022, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

Find out more about Selection Ranks

Assumed knowledgeHSC English, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.
Recommended studiesBiology and/or Chemistry, General English and General Maths.
Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD36,560 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code106657M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Students holding the following qualifications may be eligible for specified credit on application:

  • A TAFE Diploma in Nursing
  • Registration as a professional nurse with an Approved Overseas Nursing Registration Authority

Credit may be awarded for students who have completed nursing studies overseas. Credit will be assessed on an indiviual basis. Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.

Compulsory program requirements

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.

Post-admission requirements

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

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

NURS1006 - Professional Experience 2

NURS2006 - Professional Experience 4

NURS3006 - Professional Experience 6

NURS1003 - Professional Experience 1

NURS3003 - Professional Experience 5

NURS2003 - Professional Experience 3

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).

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Nursing program offered by the University of Newcastle requires the completion of 240 units of approved courses, including:

  • 190 units of core nursing courses;
  • 20 units of core human bioscience courses;
  • 10 units of core pharmacology courses;
  • 10 units of core foundational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses; and
  • 10 units of electives

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human Bioscience
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
10 units
NURS1001Introduction to the Profession of Nursing
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
10 units
NURS1002Essentials of Professional Communication
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
10 units
NURS1003Professional Experience 1
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
10 units
NURS1004Evidence for Nursing Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
10 units
NURS1005Essentials of Caring for the Older Person
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
NURS1006Professional Experience 2
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
10 units
HUBS2203Introductory Pharmacology
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
INDH2000Foundations of Nursing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
NURS2001Essentials of Surgical NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS2003Professional Experience 3Not currently offered10 units
NURS2004Essentials of Medical NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS2005Essentials of Health PromotionNot currently offered10 units
NURS2006Professional Experience 4Not currently offered10 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
10 units
NURS3001Essentials of Nursing the Deteriorating PersonNot currently offered10 units
NURS3002Essentials of Palliative CareNot currently offered10 units
NURS3003Professional Experience 5Not currently offered10 units
NURS3004Essentials of Chronic Illness and DisabilityNot currently offered10 units
NURS3005Transition to Professional NursingNot currently offered10 units
NURS3006Professional Experience 6Not currently offered20 units


Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units


Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is available as an additional one-year, full-time program or equivalent part-time.

Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or an audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the College to discuss the issue.

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