Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Course summary for current students

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Award grantedBachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Cloud (online)No

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.

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, psychological testing and measurement, mental health promotion and research.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You will also have acquired a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).

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

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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 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

HNN112Principles of Nursing Care

HNN120The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Nursing Management and Interventions 1

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2
Trimester 1
HBS107Understanding Health

HBS108Health Information and Data (Trimester 2 at W)

HNN222Mental Health Nursing (Trimester 2 at W)

Trimester 2

HBS110Health Behaviour

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing (Trimester 1 at W)

HNN227Nursing Management and Interventions 2 (Trimester 1 at W)

Level 3
Trimester 1

HNN217Nursing in Community Settings (Trimester 2 at W)

HNN318Nursing Management of the Older Person

HPS203Understanding the Mind

HPS204Introduction to Social Psychology

Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Nursing

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A (Trimester 1 at W)

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS205Behavioural Neuroscience

Level 4
Trimester 1

HNN319Nursing Management of Chronic Illness

HNN320The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B


Trimester 2

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions