Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Course summary for current students

Award grantedBachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

4 years full-time

CRICOS course code031150G
Deakin course codeD387

For continuing students only - Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2012 and 2013. Students who commenced prior to 2012 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Students commencing after 2013 should refer to Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degree courses. This was in response to signals from the health sector that there is a need for nurses with multidisciplinary skills.

This course is particularly well suited to those interested in the growing field of mental health nursing. It will prepare you with a strong understanding of research methods in psychology, human behaviour and mental processes and provide you with the knowledge and skills to comprehensively care for patients.

Throughout the course you will benefit from our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centre which provides you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical skills which are further enhanced through clinical work placements.

In addition you will study a wide range of units that provide the scientific knowledge base for mental health practice such as psychology as a behavioural science, statistics, mental health promotion and research.

Professional recognition

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.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children check

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 Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the 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.

* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) course comprises thirty two (32) credit points. Twenty two (22) credit points are specific to nursing and ten (10) credit points are specific to psychology. These core units provide students with an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary learning. Students gain an understanding of basic scientific foundations in the areas of biomedical and human behaviour studies.

There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. Failure of a compulsory practicum component in any unit of study will normally lead to exclusion. All expenses associated with clinical practicum are the responsibility of the student.

For students studying at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool some psychology units may only be available in Cloud (online) in years two, three and four. Students enrolled at the Waterfront (Geelong) will be required to take some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

See course entry Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (H344).

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2
Trimester 1
HBS107Understanding Health

HBS108Health Information and Data (Trimester 2 at W)

HNN222Mental Health and Illness (Trimester 2 at W)

Trimester 2

HBS110Health Behaviour

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines (Trimester 1 at W)

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 (Trimester 1 at W)

Level 3
Trimester 1

HNN217Community Nursing Practice (Trimester 2 at W)

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A (Trimester 1 at W via Cloud (online) mode)

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS205Unit description is currently unavailable *

Level 4
Trimester 1

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS307Personality +

Trimester 2

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice


* Students who have not completed HPS205 by the end of 2015 must do HPS310 from 2016. HPS310 is not offered in Trimester 2
+ HPS307 is not offered in T1 from 2016. Students progressing to Year 4 D387 in 2016 who have not completed HPS307 by the end of 2015 will need to do this unit in T3 2015 or T3 2016.