This combined degree prepares you to complete the requirements to embark on a nursing career while developing knowledge of human behaviour, including understanding human personality, behaviour, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead people to differ in the way they think and behave. Armed with a wealth of skills and clinical practice, you will graduate ready for work as a registered nurse and be eligible to pursue further study towards qualification as a registered psychologist. Complete two degrees in four years of full time study.
Deakin was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degrees. This was in response to demand from the health sector of the growing need for educated nurses with multidisciplinary skills. This course will prepare you with a strong understanding of research methods in psychology, human behaviour and mental processes. You will graduate with solid clinical experience and with the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients and their significant others.
Deakin’s Clinical Simulation Centre provides facilities and equipment designed to develop your practical skills, which are further enhanced throughout clinical work placements. A wide range of units provide the scientific knowledge base for mental health practice, such as psychology as a behavioural science, statistics, psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.
Graduates work in areas such as mental health rehabilitation, youth work, careers counselling, community development and work/life counselling in addition to the many nursing roles in settings such as hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries.
Graduate with a nursing degree that provides eligibility for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and/or take the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist - you choose your path.
The course also provides you with a three-year sequence in psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia and accredited by the Australian Psychological Society’s accreditation council (APAC). This is particularly important if you wish to take on further study or career preparation in the area of psychology.
If you are interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology, you will need to complete an approved fourth year of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or an Honours in Psychology course). After this, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.
In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or postgraduate study such as a Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).
These core units provide you with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. You will gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies.
There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.
If you are studying at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool some units may only be available in Cloud (online) in years two, three and four. If you are enrolled at the Waterfront (Geelong), you will be required to take some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).
Course structure for students who commenced in 2014 onwards.
Psychology Students who commenced prior to 2014 should consult the course entry for Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
Level 2 - Trimester 1
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Level 3 - Trimester 1
Level 3 - Trimester 2
Level 4 - Trimester 1
Level 4 - Trimester 2
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science
1400514081 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714081 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.
Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.
Clinical practice - Nursing
Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centre in metropolitan rural and regional areas.
There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee'is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee'is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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Upon completion of your studies you will be qualified to work in areas such as mental health rehabilitation, youth work, careers counselling, community development and work/life counselling in addition to more traditional nursing roles.
Students interested in pursuing a professional career in psychology will need to complete an approved ‘fourth year’ of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology) after which students may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and seek associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practise, or a minimum of two years of postgraduate study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practise completed outside the degree).
On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements. You will also have gained a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.
Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC.Apply Through VTAC
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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Faculty contact information
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777