Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Commerce
Duration4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code041569G
Deakin course codeD392

Course structure for students who commenced in 2010. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must follow the course structure applicable to their year of commencement.

Offered to continuing students only.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Business and Law are responsible for this combined course which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Commerce. This course offers students the opportunity to combine nursing studies with a professional business qualification in areas such as management, human resource management or accounting. It aims to provide students with skills in both research and practice in nursing, and to gain a solid foundation for understanding the world of commerce with specialist business skills and knowledge.

Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete either the Bachelor of Nursing requirements OR the Bachelor of Commerce requirements only.

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.

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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

This combined course comprises thirty six (36) credit points. Students will undertake sixteen (16) credit points in the Bachelor of Commerce and twenty (20) credit points in the Bachelor of Nursing. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and the Bachelor of Nursing (H326) must be satisfied.

The sixteen (16) credit points taken within the Faculty of Business and Law must include the ten (10) Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAE102, MAF101, MLC101, MMM132, MSC120, MSQ171, MMH299 and MMK277. In addition students must complete a prescribed Commerce major sequence and a minimum of four (4) credit points at level 3 which must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

Students must complete all core units for the Bachelor of Nursing. All subjects are available in the first two years in campus mode. After Level 2, some Commerce units may need to be taken in Cloud (online) mode, in order to accommodate nursing clinical placements.

There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.

See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

Plus one Commerce unit

Trimester 2
HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

Plus one Commerce unit

Level 2

Trimester 1
HBS107Understanding Health

Plus three Commerce units

Trimester 2
HNN222Mental Health and Illness

Plus two Commerce units

Level 3
Trimester 1
HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

Plus one Commerce unit

Trimester 2

HNN217Community Nursing Practice

Plus three Commerce units

Level 4

Trimester 1
HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

Plus two Commerce units

Warrnambool D392 students are required to contact their Enrolment Officer for Level 4 enrolment pathway details.

Trimester 2

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

Plus two Commerce units

Level 5

Trimester 1
HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

Plus one Commerce unit

Warrnambool D392 students are required to contact their Enrolment Officer for Level 4 enrolment pathway details.