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Bachelor of Nursing

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Award granted Bachelor of Nursing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full time
CRICOS course code018327G
Deakin course codeH326

Note: Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2010 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Nursing gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours that enable you to practise as a competent and caring nurse clinician and gain employment in a range of health care contexts. You will be highly regarded as you will be able to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused toward improving patient outcomes.

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

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia and is committed to providing excellence in all its courses, particularly to reflect current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. Our distinctive partnership program connects students to many health care organisations in the public and private sector.

Clinical practice
Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. You will spend approximately 50 per cent of the course duration in various health care settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

Professional recognition

This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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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.


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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 undertaken
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course consists of twenty four (24) credit points comprising twenty one (21) core credit points plus three (3) elective units (worth 3 credit points). At least one of the electives must be taken at level 2 or 3.

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.

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Course structure


Level 1
Trimester 1

HNN112 Principles of Nursing Care  

HNN120 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1  

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HBS107 Understanding Health  

Trimester 2

HNN122 Nursing Management and Interventions 1  

HNN114 Health Assessment  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

Level 2

Trimester 1 or trimester 2
HNN222 Mental Health Nursing  (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

HNN217 Nursing in Community Settings  (Not offered Trimester 1 at Warrnambool)

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2 or trimester 1

HNN227 Nursing Management and Interventions 2  (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

HNN215 Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing  (Not offered Trimester 2 at Warrnambool)

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1
HNN318 Nursing Management of the Older Person  

HNN319 Nursing Management of Chronic Illness  

HNN320 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2  

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HNN300 Child and Adolescent Nursing  

HNN301 Mental Health Promotion  

HNN325 Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions  

Elective units

Students must select units in consultation with the course enrolment officer. Students may take electives from any School of the University provided that prerequisites are met. At least one of the three electives must be taken at level two or three. (Students may study HNN448 and be in compliance with this rule.) Particular electives that may be of special interest to nursing students include:


Inter Professional Education (IPE) elective unit:

HBS345 Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care  


International study tour elective unit:

HNN216 International Nursing Study Tour  


Other electives:

HNN313 Perioperative Nursing  

HNN448 Rural Nursing  


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8th June 2007