Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No

4 years full-time

CRICOS course code079499D
Deakin course codeD387

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 behavior, 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).

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, midwifery, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing.

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.

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.

Alternative exits

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

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.

  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,717Not applicable$30,800

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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:

  • 2 credit points are course grouped for both nursing and psychological science
  • 19 credit points are specific to nursing
  • 11 credit points are specific to psychology

These 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).

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

Course structure


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