Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo

4 years full-time

CRICOS course code079499D
Deakin course codeD387
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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).

Indicative student workload

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.

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 - Police Record Check 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 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.

Inherent requirements

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

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Nursing (H326)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344).

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 Learning Outcomes

See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)

Course rules

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).

The course consists of 32 credit points of study which includes the following:

  • 8 credit points are specific to nursing
  • 10 credit points are specific to psychology

The four remaining credit points are foundation units offered by the Faculty of Health which 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).

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


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

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HBS110Health Behaviour

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN222Mental Health and Illness

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool)

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN217Community Nursing Practice

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS307Personality (Cloud (online) at Warrnambool

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice



Work experience

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.