Enrol in Deakin's Bachelor of Nursing to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent and successful nurse clinician. This course will prepare you to provide high-quality, patient-centred care in a range of settings.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. You will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities and equipment our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre offers.
Early in your first year you will undertake clinical placement and during the remainder of the course have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and knowledge across a range of health care environments in a variety of clinical practice locations. Under the supervision of registered nurses, you will be part of multidisciplinary health care teams in acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, community nursing and mental health nursing.
Our graduates continue to enjoy roles across both the government and private sectors. Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of government and private sectors including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Nursing students must attain 24 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.
The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include 21 core credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) worth 3 credit points.
There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.
Compulsory credit points
Elective credit points
Total credit points
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
Level 2 - Trimester 1 or Trimester 2
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN217 and HNN222 in the same trimester
Level 2 - Trimester 2 or Trimester 1
plus one elective unit
Students must complete HNN215 and HNN227 in the same trimester
Level 3 - Trimester 1
plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
Students must select units in consultation with the course enrolment officer. Students may take electives from any School of the University provided that prerequisites are met. At least one of the three electives must be taken at level two or three. Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:
International study tour elective unit:
Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:
1400514353 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714353 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
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)
Trimester 2# - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
# Available to applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the NMBA - all campuses
Applicants who are Registered Nurses in their home country and meet the course's Credit for Prior Learning requirements - Burwood (Melbourne) and Waterfront (Geelong) only
Trimester 3# - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
# Available to applicants who are registered or eligible to register as an enrolled nurse with the NMBA - all campuses. Students will study at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 3 then return to their enrolled campus.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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
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 online 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.
Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
The English language entry requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7) or equivalent. You will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
Please note that the English language requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery may differ from the English language requirements required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
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 and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of work areas including: hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries.
Given nursing is a diverse profession with a number of speciality practise areas available, it is expected that graduates will look at continuing professional development throughout their careers. This may include postgraduate degrees and/or research degrees, including masters and PhDs.
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.
Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) 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.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Practise comprehensive, safe and evidenced-based nursing care by applying nursing knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Accurately evaluate patient response to care.
Use clear and appropriate language to establish, maintain and appropriately conclude therapeutic relationships when interacting with patients, families, and health care team members to ensure information is understood and necessary actions are taken.
Demonstrate clear and accurate documentation in relation to patient management.
Use technologies to locate, select, and disseminate information to patients, significant others, and members of the health care team.
Use technologies to deliver safe and quality patient care.
Analyse and interpret patient assessments and make critical judgements about approaches to care, within an evidence-based framework that reflects an understanding of the dignity, religion, culture, values, beliefs and rights of patients and their significant others.
Evaluate and reflect on practice in a range of contexts.
Apply knowledge to make thorough and systematic nursing assessments, identify patient problems and clinical risk and develop plan of care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Respond effectively to rapidly changing situations in patient care to create best practice solutions using discipline knowledge, evidence, professional, social, legal and ethical considerations.
Exhibit expected professional behaviours in practice responsibly within the framework of a health care team structure and maintain a personal knowledge base through critical reflection and lifelong learning practices.
Reflect on self and practice contexts to identify personal learning needs and is self-directed to seek additional knowledge and/or information when required.
Collaborate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team and recognise the roles and functions of other members in providing comprehensive care to meet optimal health outcomes.
Practise within the recognised scope of practice for a beginning registered nurse.
Apply nursing knowledge to provide professional and ethical care in diverse contexts in accordance with social, cultural and environmental considerations, and in accordance with legal and ethical requirements.
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
Deakin International office or Deakin representative
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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
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, TAFE awards and, in particular, a Diploma of Nursing. Students with Division 2 registration, or are eligible to register are entitled to apply for a maximum of eight (8) credit points of credit for prior learning.
In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Credit for prior learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.