Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for international 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
Length4 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1) - Burwood (Melbourne) only

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,800 AUD
CRICOS course code079499D
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7. More information is available at

Deakin course code D387
VTAC Codes1400414083 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514083 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714083 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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)

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 provide 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 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science course comprises thirty two (32) credit points. Two (2) credit points of units are course grouped for both nursing and psychological science; nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing and eleven (11) 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 placements outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements 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 Psychological Science (H344).

Course structure

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

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

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)

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


Trimester 2

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice



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).

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).

Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

Students must also meet the English language requirement.

Entry requirements - specific

English language requirements

The English language entry requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7) or equivalent. You will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Please note that the IELTS score for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing may differ from the IELTS score required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, and TAFE awards.

In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Credit for prior learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact